Lissa Rovetch is the author of Cora and the Elephants (Puffin Books). She lives in Northern California.
Shannon McNeill is the illustrator of Albert Goes to Town and The Trouble with Mister . She currently lives in The Netherlands.
Rovetch (Sweet Dreams Little One) composes repetitive chants around single-syllable words, and the results are as catchy as they are vapid. The author creates names like "Ake the Snake" and "Eep the Sheep" by dropping initial letters. Then she toys with the ones that are left over by substituting new consonants. Title character "Ook the Book" sits down to tea, declaring, "I am Ook,/ Ook the book./ Do you see me in my nook?" Ug the Bug introduces a friend, Glug the slug, and asks, "Do you want a bug slug hug?" Altered words appear in large, bold letters for added emphasis. McNeill (Albert Goes to Town) embraces the nonsensical scenarios with pink skies and lollipop trees; her gouaches present a worm's-eye view of a grassy garden, where the speakers frolic with roly-poly gray rats, picnic-crashing green ants and a mischievous Id the Kid. The artist brings everyone together for a closing spread where "Y the Fly" sniffs, "I will try not to cry./ But my, it's hard to say goodbye!" Compulsive rhymers should proceed with caution they may launch into an unstoppable word game. Ages 2-6. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
PreS-Gr 1-This collection is really an adventure in vowel sounds and letter recognition. Each poem takes the core sound of a vowel with a consonant (ook, ug, in, at) and builds a rhyme around it: "I am Ee,/Ee the bee./Do you see Lee,/up in the tree?" Lively endpapers with small, captioned, line-drawn figures scattered over a checkerboard pattern begin and end the fun, as well as set the tone. Easy enough for novice readers, these selections include some humor to tell their small tales. The lines of text curve or wander over the page, and the word that contains the featured vowel sound is set in slightly larger font. The poetry is accompanied by lively gouache illustrations that depict often-round, jolly figures and humorous details, and offer plenty of visual clues for word identification. For example, the illustration for "Ake the Snake" shows a large red snake, a cake, and a lake. For the word "bake," there's a bag of flour, an egg, and a bowl. A useful and fun addition to easy-reader shelves.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.