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"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."
"With bright, vivid colors, endearing animals, and plenty of delightful details, this picture book is sure to find an appreciative audience."—School Library Journal
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)
Posted January 9, 2014
WolfClan and BloodClan have called a truce! Because of the actions of two of WolfClan's warriors and one of their ancestors, BloodClan has declared they will not attack again. But what did WolfClan do that was so special? IcePack and Blood Wolves attacked BloodClan at around 7:20 p.m. last night. WolfClan warriors came to aid BloodClan due to the fact the wolves were killing kits! Can you believe those wolves could be so heartless? Warriors Spiritfire and Skeletonpelt, who are brothers, leaped into action, helping BloodClan drive those evil wolves away.
‡Also, a cat called Calicoflame is searching for one called Cougarpounce, if you have any idea on his whereabouts please say so!
Clans to Join:
‡A new Clan has risen, called RacoonClan. They will only allow literate people to join! Racoonstar cannot see headlines, so she asks that you please include your name in the review! They role play realistically, so no powers! You can join this Clan at 'racoons' second result.
‡Interested in joining WolfClan? They allow powers but only two, most in this Clan can shift into wolves so watch out attackers! Join this Clan at 'white fang' first result!
Packs to Join:
Frost Pack is struggling, help them become active! Join at 'frosted life' first result!
Joke of The Day:
No they don't! Owls do!
Alrighty, that is all for now! Bye!
Love to all,
Posted May 13, 2013
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.