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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book's punning title sets the tone here, as simple rhymes join closeup illustrations for a witty and instructive look at (or through?) ``all kinds of holes.'' Often shot from unusual perspectives, Chermayeff's crystal-clear photographs are frequently embellished with collages: set against realistic ocean waves, a cartoony hand holds a life preserver ``to keep from sinking.'' Merriam adds the perfect zing-along-her verses identify ``Holes for seeds/And colored beads,''``Holes to match up/ Holes to patch up'' (the latter for a picture of two jean-clad legs with fashionable tears at the knees). The cover design adds to the merriment, as die-cut holes form a cat's features-and expose the button-strewn endpapers beneath. Even the typeface plays along, with every ``o'' forming a solid-colored circle. (The sole/hole exception occurs on the spread showing a luscious birthday cake, where the ``o''s are holders-``holes for candles.'') One cavil-the abstract depiction of ``sport holes'' may perplex more than amuse. Otherwise, wholly fun. Ages 3-7. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-``Holes,/holes,/all kinds of holes. Holes for seeds/and colored beads/Holes to match up,/holes to patch up.'' These are just a few of the ways Merriam poetically examines holes that are found in our everyday world. Her verse is creatively brought to life by Chermayeff's unique blend of collage and photographic art that's reminiscent of the work of Lois Ehlert. The heavy-board cover featuring the oversized face of a black cat with die-cut openings for its eyes, nose, and mouth serves as an introduction to the bold, closeup photos inside. Vibrant colors and eye-catching designs, rich in detail, grab young readers' attention as the efficient rhyme takes them along. Busy endpapers follow through with the concept. The poem concludes, ``Is that the hole story or is there more?'' providing the storyteller with ample opportunity for further discussion. This title could be used along with Beverly Cleary's The Real Hole (Morrow, 1986) and Nadine Wescott's There's a Hole in the Bucket (HarperCollins, 1990) for a ``hole'' storytelling session that guarantees a good time.-Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671883539
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.21 (w) x 12.32 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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