Simms Taback's Great Big Book of Spacey, Snakey, Buggy Riddles

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The biggest, funniest riddle book ever!

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A. When it's illustrated by Simms Taback.

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Overview

The biggest, funniest riddle book ever!

Q. When is a riddle book irresistible?
A. When it's illustrated by Simms Taback.

This great big bumper book of riddles about bugs and snakes and space will keep readers laughing (or groaning) right to the end. Example:

Q. What do bugs have that no other animal has?
A. Baby buggies.

With Caldecott winner Simms Taback's large fullcolor pictures on every page, this collection has a riddle for every taste.

Q. When do you have too many riddles?
A. Never!

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Kirkus Reviews
As the mouthful of a title indicates, the only subjects covered are supposed to be about space, snakes or bugs, though the riddles sometimes stretch these boundaries. The jacket copy says the riddles "will make readers laugh-or groan," but unfortunately such riddles as "Why is a cloud like Santa Claus? / Because it holds the rain, dear!" don't do much of either, and aren't particularly spacey, snakey or buggy, to boot. Luckily Taback's vibrant, colorful illustrations combine the right amount of smart and silly. The insects are wonderfully buggy, with hairy legs aplenty, and the sneaky snakes all have perfect poker faces. This visual wit saves the somewhat random, ho-hum collection. There are some highlights, however, such as, "What do little rattlesnakes like best in school? / Hisssss-tory!" or, "What did the mosquito say when she got a stomachache? / It must have been someone I ate!" Maybe die-hard riddle fans will eat it up, and it's fun for the eye, but otherwise not one to run to. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670011216
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg have collaborated on nineteen riddle books. Ms. Hall lives in New York City; Ms. Eisenberg lives in Ithaca, New York.

Simms Taback won the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and a Caldecott Honor for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. His most recent book, I Miss You Every Day, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Ventura, California.

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