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Starting with the title and cover images, this collection of nonsense verse will delight young childrenÃ¢ÂÂand those who read to themÃ¢ÂÂwith the sounds of the words, and the wry small ink-and-watercolour illustrations that show uproarious scenarios in daily life. The entries are divided into four sections: Breakfast (Ã¢ÂÂWhat if hard-boiled eggs turned into hard-boiled legs.Ã¢ÂÂ); Seaside (Ã¢ÂÂSmelly Jelly Smelly FishÃ¢ÂÂ); Doctor (showcasing the dreariness of the waiting room); and Under the Bed (Ã¢ÂÂin here after dark, curtains shake and closets creakÃ¢ÂÂ). The wordplay and silly noises are a big part of the fun, and grown-ups, too, will appreciate the diagnosis of whatÃ¢ÂÂs wrong with the doctor (Ã¢ÂÂSpollyollydiddlytiddlyitisÃ¢ÂÂ). Occasionally, Rosen deviates from silliness, as on one beautiful double-page spread that depicts the physical sound, sight, and touch of walking on the beach (Ã¢ÂÂover my toes / goes / the soft sea washÃ¢ÂÂ). Kids will recognise the universal situations and emotions, as in Ã¢ÂÂThings You SayÃ¢ÂÂ: Ã¢ÂÂHe started it.Ã¢ÂÂ Once again, Rosen and BlakeÃ¢ÂÂboth British ChildrenÃ¢ÂÂs LaureatesÃ¢ÂÂhave created a title with long-lasting appeal. Grades 1-3. --Hazel Rochman
Michael Rosen is an eminent writer, broadcaster, poet, and performer who has received many prestigious awards. His books with Candlewick include Michael Rosen's Sad Book, also illustrated by Quentin Blake; We're Going on a Bear Hunt, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; This Is Our House and I'm Number One, both illustrated by Bob Graham; Red Ted and the Lost Things, illustrated by Joel Stewart; Tiny Little Fly, illustrated by Kevin Waldron; and The Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry, illustrated by Chinlun Lee. In 2007 he became the British Children's Laureate. Michael Rosen lives in London. Quentin Blake was the very first British Children's Laureate. One of the world's foremost illustrators, he has won numerous awards for his books and is best-known for his work with Roald Dahl. His books with Candlewick include Michael Rosen's Sad Book, On Angel Wings by Michael Morpurgo, and The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac. Quentin Blake lives in London.
The nonsense topics and amusing images are sure to entertain kids, presenting life in all its messy, crazy, chaotic glory. The focus here is on the mundane, with bursts of imagination kids that will relate to. This book could work well as a read-aloud for small groups, but it might be enjoyed even more when children share it together. --School Library Journal Once again, Rosen and Blake--both British Children's Laureates--have created a title with long-lasting appeal. --Booklist online Featured in back-to-school round-up --DailyCandy Kids