In this thematically written book of laughs, readers will find riddles that evolve around the school yard and the classroom. As part of the "Kids Can Read" series, this selection is defined as a level 3: "Kids Can Read Alone" selection. It is defined by a number of reading objectives and includes the introduction of longer, more complex stories and sentences, more challenging vocabulary, language play, minimal repetition and visual cues. This description is in the front of the book. Library bound, this book would make a light-hearted supplement to the reading curriculum. The jokes are just right for the intended age group, and even the water-color pictures are funny. We are treated to the absurdities of potted plants that take rides down a slide and a giraffe that adeptly writes equations on a chalkboard. It's silly stuff. From an adult standpoint, it would be nice to be able to tell the difference, more readily, between the author and the illustrator; the reference is ambiguous, and it takes some digging to find these facts spelled out at the very end of the book on the copyright page. But that is a minor point, and if the book can make a youngster laugh, then that is what counts. 2004, Kids Can Press, Ages 4 to 8.
Susan Schott Karr
K-Gr 3-These titles provide budding comedians with material in an easy-to-read format. In Funtime, the riddles focus on sports and leisure-time activities (e.g., "Why don't cheetahs like to play hide and seek? Because they're always spotted"), while the quips in Recess are school oriented ("Why is the library the tallest part of the school? Because it has so many stories"). Most of the selections are plays on words, which will encourage young readers to think about the meanings of the terms. The cartoon illustrations are amusing and also help to explain the jokes. Riddle books encourage even reluctant readers to persevere in order to get to the punch line and these offerings are appealing choices.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.