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“The illustrations of fully dressed featured animals are colorful, as are the beasts, birds, and people…” —School Library Journal
“Geist offers a high-spirited salute to animal sounds, movements, and twin siblings…” —Publishers Weekly
“The author's note to this fun-for-the-tongue book says Ken Geist was inspired to write it by his own brother and sister twins.…Henry Cole's illustrations add to the fun—from the argyle pattern end pages to a boisterous bunch of creatures who look like they could have come out of a popular cartoon show.” —Children’s Literature
“This serviceable bedtime story will find the most appeal with families of multiples and brother/sister pairs.” —Kirkus
“…a fun exercise made vivid by the bright acrylic-and-color-pencil illustrations featuring plenty of warm, romping cartoon details (the bats wear Batman logos on tiny T-shirts). According to an opening note, the book was inspired by the famous nineteenth-century counting rhyme 'Over in the Meadow,' by Olive A. Wadsworth.” —Booklist
Posted March 10, 2014
I’m not a children’s librarian, and although I do enjoy a good picture book, I sometimes don’t agree with what’s on the best of lists. I read them purely for enjoyment, and some more than others as with everything in life, are simply better. This is not one of those books. While the illustrations are incredibly cute and playful, the text and rhyming rhythm of the book seemed off to me.
The story is comprised of small poems in the wildlife kingdom. From a farmyard to the jungle, the author describes two animals’ antics through rhyming. While it was a cute concept, it didn't work for me. The rhyming doesn’t seem well done in places and the story is disjointed. In contrast, the illustrations are well done in pastel and earth tones. I enjoyed the subtle jokes within the illustrations, especially the twin bats with the “Batman” shirts. So I guess I would suggest this one for the pretty pictures, but definitely not a good one for read alouds or using to learn rhyming words.