A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book The creator of Home turns a droll eye to the natural world, with gorgeous art and a playful invented language.
Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon—with the help of a pill bug named Icky—they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild world, after all, and something horrible is waiting to swoop down—booby voobeck!—only to be carried off in turn. Su! With exquisitely detailed illustrations and tragicomic flair, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard. Su!
Carson Ellis is the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Home, her debut solo picture book.She is also the illustrator of The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket and Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic by Florence Parry Heide, and she collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the best-selling Wildwood series. Carson Ellis lives with her family outside Portland, Oregon.
Du Iz Tak? 5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
As a person who loves language and linguistics, I found this book fascinating. It’s almost like a wordless book, but better! Use what you know about language – capitals for names, punctuation, etc. This format requires that we explore the context and use what we know in a search for meaning. Many skills come to the forefront. This would be great fun, leveling the playing field, in a diverse classroom with second language learners from varied backgrounds.
More than 1 year ago
Time to get down in the wee-little world of bugs and go through a life cycle with them. But this is not an "educational" book with facts and photographs. No! This is a cute, nonsensical story using a made-up language that is "bug-talk." So readers must prepare themselves for a bit of whimsical far-out fun as the bugs discover, build, lose, and begin again. Let's go...
As the damselflies discover a tiny shoot unflurl they wonder, "Du iz tak?" (hmmm.... What is that?"). Another replies, "Ma nazoot." ("I don't know?") .... and on it goes.
Well, are you up to the challenge? Can you understand bug-speaks? I imagine it'll tangle your tongue a it, but you'll be rolling with laughter with your kiddies by the last page when after the seasons roll around, snow has fallen, warmer weather arrives, and new shoots peek through the ground a new bug peers at them and...... "Du iz tak?"
Charming! Great illustrations that carry you through the seasons as the bugs get on with life - well, the life of a bug.
Candlewick Press has a page you can print and cut out for finger puppets.
I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review of my honest opinion which is freely given.