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How do we know what animals say when they say what they say with their sounds every day? With an interactive, rhyming text and bright, playful illustrations, Angela DiTerlizzi and Joey Chou explore what baby animals really mean when they make their adorable baby animal sounds.
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Overview

How do we know what animals say when they say what they say with their sounds every day? With an interactive, rhyming text and bright, playful illustrations, Angela DiTerlizzi and Joey Chou explore what baby animals really mean when they make their adorable baby animal sounds.
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Publishers Weekly
"They say what they say/ in their own silly way,/ when they say what they say/ with their sounds every day." Chou's stylish artwork adds punch to DiTerlizzi's (the Adventure of Meno series) meditation on the real meaning of animal sounds. Chou's wide-eyed creatures live just like humans, using cellphones and raiding the fridge. "When a lion says roar,/ does he really mean more?" wonders DiTerlizzi, as a harassed-looking lion father brings another box of bath toys to his son (he's the one doing the roaring). "When a horse says neigh,/ does she really mean hay?" she asks, for which Chou supplies a spread of two horses dressed in cowboy outfits, making hay angels in the stubble on a sunny field. Deep blues and yellows make the pages glow, and almost every spread highlights a loving parent-child dynamic. DiTerlizzi's jazzy verse translations of animal sounds work well, though she backs away a bit at the end—"What animals say, we really don't know." Chou, on the other hand, gives his imagination free rein. Ages 2–5. (July)
From the Publisher
"After reading Say What? kids will be yelling, ‘Roar!' For those who don’t speak Lion, this translates to, “More!” - Lane Smith, New York Times bestselling author/illustrator and co-creator of the Caldecott
Honor-winning classic, The Stinky Cheese Man

"For preschoolers who enjoy language play, this opens up whole new opportunities for communication."—Kirkus Reviews

“When an author says ‘Wonderful,’ does she really mean, ‘I wish I’d thought of it!’? You betcha! This is the perfect toddler book.”—Jane Yolen, author of the New York Times bestselling How Do Dinosaurs? series

"DiTerlizzi's jazzy verse translations of animal sounds work well...Chou...gives his imagination free rein."
Publishers Weekly

"With bright, vivid colors, endearing animals, and plenty of delightful details, this picture book is sure to find an appreciative audience."—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
What is it animals say with the sounds we hear them make? Does a cow's moo mean "who?" Does a sheep's baa mean "Ma?" If a duck says quack is he asking for a snack? The digitally produced flat illustrations in bold colors dramatize each question posed. A nursery of lambs, some crying, some sleeping peacefully in bassinettes are watched over by a smiling mother. A little duck balances precariously on boxed leftovers reaching for a chocolate cupcake. Large and small, all the animals are depicted in human clothing and act like people which should be to the amusement of the younger set. There is a refrain which children will enjoy repeating with the reader. The final line, "What animals say, we don't really know" will leave many unsatisfied. A preschool teacher may find this useful to stimulate conversion about language and communication. Very young children may enjoy it for its sheer nonsense. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A freckle-faced boy wonders how he should interpret the sounds animals make. "When a cow says MOO,/does she really mean WHO?/When a lion says ROAR,/does he really mean MORE?" The anthropomorphized animals in the full-bleed digital illustrations are shown interacting as a parent and child would. A mother snake kisses her baby, and a father and daughter horse make "snow angels" in a field of hay. A short tongue-twisting musing near the middle of the story helps segue to the loving message the boy communicates to his mom. With bright, vivid colors, endearing animals, and plenty of delightful details, this picture book is sure to find an appreciative audience.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

A small boy wonders and speculates what animals might mean by their traditional sounds.

The stylized animals shown using megaphones and paper-cup telephones on the cover reappear inside fully clothed, behaving in familiar human ways and using a wide variety of communications devices. A lion cub roars for more toys in the bathtub. A duckling quacks for a snack in front of an open refrigerator. A small snake hisses for a kiss from her mother. Simple rhyming couplets and a repeating chorus, "They say what they say / in their own silly way, / when they say what they say / with their sounds every day" carry the narrative, which concludes with the child's "I do love you so!" to his mother. Full-bleed, double-page, digitally rendered illustrations in slightly muted retro colors use a flattened perspective to show a variety of parent/child interactions. These offer some imaginative activities, such as identifying cloud shapes and making hay angels, and include a range of settings. Perceptive observers will notice humorous details: a baby lamb with a pacifier, a bird birthday party with a cat piñata, an old-fashioned stand telephone in a booth.

For preschoolers who enjoy language play, this opens up whole new opportunities for communication.(Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442435254
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Angela DiTerlizzi
Angela DiTerlizzi is a mom, wife, and author who loves writing books for children. She and her husband, bestselling author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, reside with their daughter in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Jupiter, Florida.
Joey Chou is the illustrator of Say What? by Angela DiTerlizzi and the upcoming Giraffe Rescue Company by Evan Sagerman.  He lives in sunny Glendale, California, where he enjoys drawing furry monsters and talking animals, and he finds lots of inspiration by living in a city filled with strange and interesting people who have all sorts of colorful things to say. Visit him at www.joeyart.com.
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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    A delightfully fun book.  I loved all the writing in this book,

    A delightfully fun book. 

    I loved all the writing in this book, from the author's dedication to Jane Yolen's blurb on the back cover, but my favorite was the last line of the text.  This book would appeal to so many ages:  the very youngest listeners would love the repetition and the animal sounds; toddlers would enjoy making animal sounds; preschoolers would love either reading or "reading" this book themselves.  My little boy, at four-and-a-half (as of yesterday), is a beginning reader.  He doesn't yet read new words, but when words are repeated, he recognizes them.  This book is perfect for him. 
    The illustrations are wonderful.  Again, I loved every illustration in this book, but my favorite was the little boy and his mother, closely followed by the snakes.  And the birds.  And the horses.  And the sheep.  Well, all of it. 
    There is nothing not to love about this book.  Even the title is clever. 

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