What's What? A Guessing Game

What's What? A Guessing Game

by Mary Serfozo, Keiko Narahashi
     
 

In this original concept book, Mary Serfozo gives playful, childlike answers to such questions as What's wet? What's dry? What's light? and What's dark? To top it all off, there's a surprise ending that will delight small readers. Full color.See more details below

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In this original concept book, Mary Serfozo gives playful, childlike answers to such questions as What's wet? What's dry? What's light? and What's dark? To top it all off, there's a surprise ending that will delight small readers. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As in Serfozo and Narahashi's previous collaborations (Who Wants One?; Who Said Red?), this book features a simple text, appealing watercolors and a surprise ending that is sure to please. Each in a series of questions ("What's hard?" "What's soft?") is answered by a three-line verse at the turn of the page ("A sidewalk is hard/ as a rock or a wall./ So look out where you fall!"). Unfortunately, the generally lilting text is not consistently rhythmic, and unimaginative book design diminishes the effectiveness of Narahashi's sweetly joyful illustrations. Left-hand pages show a full-bleed watercolor illustrating answers to the preceding question; on the facing page, the next question appears with minimal adornment on negative space. While the layout encourages participation in the "guessing game," the spreads seem visually lopsided. At the end, the individual questions are strung together in a single riddle: "What's soft and hard and warm and cold and wet and dry and long and short and light and dark all at the same time?" The answeran irresistible brown-and-white puppy bounding across a sun-yellow spreadwill delight the preschool audience to which this book is best suited. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Armin A. Brott
What's hard? What's soft? What's cold? What's wet? What's long? Ostensibly, this book answers these and other questions, getting young children to talk about the qualities that they encounter every day. But the answers Serfozo provides combined with Narahashi's uninspired watercolors leave this reader-and his children-wondering "What's next?"
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-KSerfozo uses a question-and-answer format with spare text and simple rhymes to turn learning into a delightful guessing game. "What's light?" asks the text in bold black type on a bright white page. "Daytime is light." These words, accompanied by a lovely watercolor illustration of two African American children outdoors at play, are immediately followed by yet another poser: "What's dark?" Once again, young readers can make their own guesses before turning the page to discover the same brother and sister huddled under a blanket-improvised tent with an owl and the moon looking down upon them in still another glorious illustration. But, Serfozo isn't finished yet. She offers kids a real tantalizer: "What's soft and hard and warm and cold and wet and dry...all at the same time?" Children turn the page to find an exuberant puppy almost literally jumping off the pages. Yes, a puppy has all the qualities children have learned in this right on-target concept book. Narahashi's splendid watercolors, which may remind readers of Ezra Jack Keats's best work, capture all of the joy and sense of wonder of the childhood investigations Serfozo names and celebrates. Children splash in rain puddles, but they also share gentle, quiet moments on Mama's lap and at bedtime. A wonderful book that proves that simple joys, like a sandy beach and making cookies, are still the best things.Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Kirkus Reviews
A charmingly simple rhyming concept book from the team behind Rain Talk (1990) about opposite qualities that all culminate in one lovable creature. "Ice cream is cold," "Slippers are warm," and "Shorts are short," but "what's soft and hard and warm and cold and wet and dry and long and short and light and dark all at the same time?" The answer is a puppy whose nails are hard, "His nose is wet and cold . . . And he's soft and warm and dry." It's a grand surprise, and the illustrations of an affectionate brown- skinned brother and little sister add another dimension of gentleness and comfort. Rhyme, riddle, and art—this is a winner on all counts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689806537
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
08/13/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.29(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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