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Booklist - 04/15/2017 This playful graphic novel for early readers offers an entertaining lesson in some quirks of the English language. In a classroom, Annemarie’s teacher is giving a lesson on compound words, which Annemarie then imagines in a literal—and very silly—way. Homework becomes two peaked-roof houses on a construction job. Homesick appears as a feverish house with a thermometer in its mouth. Chickpea becomes a yellow baby chicken nesting in a pea pod. Sleepwalk gives Annemarie’s bed, now wearing a smiling face and red sneakers, a pair of long, striding legs. Annemarie’s comical visualizations continue on her way home from school, over dinner, as she’s lying in bed, and even the next day, when she’s back in class and completing her homework with one last compound word, Daydream. Brunetti’s affable, graphic-design-style artwork, composed of crisp lines, rich colors, and blocky shapes and laid out in large-format panels, perfectly complements the visual jokes of the story, which will likely be familiar to many kiddos delighted by words. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 K-Gr 2—The fun begins with the title—Wordplay—a compound word for a book about compound words. Annemarie and her classmates work on their assignment to compile lists of compound words. "How about housework?" asks a boy. "YES!" responds the teacher as Annemarie quietly giggles, imagining cheery houses vacuuming and dusting. Each new word conjures up another humorous imagining—two boys playing catch with a foot (football) or a calendar page taking a nap (daydream). Brunetti's cartoon art is rendered in a modern, intentionally naive style—largely two-dimensional, with a childlike simplicity that will resonate with the book's audience. Panels vary in size but are symmetrical and clearly delineated by white borders. Word bubbles are white with simple black text. Compound words appear in red. In addition, children of many races and ethnicities are prominently featured. As with all of the publisher's offerings, this work contains tips for sharing comics with kids and is labeled with grade, Lexile, guided reading, and reading recovery levels. VERDICT An amusing language arts lesson in a comic book format, perfect for individual or small group sharing. What's not to love?—Lisa Taylor, Jacksonville Public Library, FL - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.