|Have a look, says book|
Author: Jackson, Richard
Through illustrations and simple, rhyming text, a book invites its reader to explore fluffy, furry, or squishy objects and creatures, both real and imaginary, that are found within its pages.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 191213
School Library Journal (02/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Bright illustrations take readers, along with a girl and her papa in an oversize armchair, on a roller-coaster ride through the pages of a beckoning book. The book wants its visitors to look and listen, but, most importantly, it wants them to touch—to try to call forth a tactile experience through visuals and adjectives. "I am furry says Kitten./I am wooly says Sock./I am wet says Mitten./We are fleecy says Flock (stock-still on a rock)." Single- and double-page artwork done in gouache shows the girl and the furry kitten, who follows through the pages, interacting with each of the large objects suspended mostly in white space, giving the visuals an Alice in Wonderland spirit. Many of the adjectives themselves are part of the art and appear to have the texture they describe. Though some of the adjectives capture the essence of the nouns better than others, all are thought provoking. Nubbly knees? Barky trees? As the book winds down, describing cocoa and cake, Papa suggests a break, and the chair sails out of the other side of a very grateful book: "Thanks for the listen,/thanks for the touch,/thanks for the look,/thank you so much." VERDICT This celebration of sharing a book together encourages readers to think more about words and textures.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.