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Can You Make a Scary Face? Hardcover – August 4, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416985816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416985815
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-K—This book will have youngsters jumping, wiggling, dancing, pretending, and laughing—all in reaction to a bossy, toothy ladybug with chartreuse skin. "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP! No, I changed my mind…SIT DOWN! No….STAND UP!...Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. WIGGLE IT OFF!" Each spread has a dialogue balloon with large text and fonts that vary in color and size. Backgrounds change with every turn of the page, revealing glowing shades of blue, orange, and fuchsia. The expressive ladybug is outlined in broad black lines and seems only inches away from readers. Adults will enjoy using this title to encourage lively activity and imaginative games. Children will love everything about it—especially the surprise ending.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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About the Author

Jan Thomas is the creator of Rhyming Dust Bunnies, What Will Fat Cat Sit On?, A Birthday for Cow!, and The Doghouse. She lives in Socorro, New Mexico.

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Customer Reviews

The illustrations are simple and colorful.
K. Roman
She held up the book and immediately over 20 little kids started to laugh and get excited -- even before she started to read the text!!!!
Pamela A. Poddany
WARNING: This is one of those books that your child will want to read multiple times in a row.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2009
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"Stop making those ugly faces or your face will freeze and stay that way the rest of your life."

I should have listened to Mom. But kids like making faces, the uglier, scarier, and funnier the better.
In "Can You Make a Scary Face" a fluorescent-green faced ladybug invites reader/listeners to engage in a frenetic face making frenzy to scare away a giant hungry frog. In the spirit of Simon says, kids are invited to stand, sit, and dance all around. It's the kind of activity a group of kids will love and the number of kids participating will increase the fun exponentially.

This is a Fun book with a capital F, with bright colors, big pages, silly premise, and an engaging ladybug character. I don't have young children but some of my coworkers do, and their kids thoroughly enjoyed the kinetic fun of this book.
"Can You Make a Scary Face" is a winner. Put it at the top of your list of read-aloud books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Book Nosher on August 25, 2009
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With Can You Make A Scary Face, Thomas sticks with the same brightly colored illustrations and silly humor, but now offers a more interactive book. This book begs to be read aloud, preferably to a gaggle of kids.

It starts off with a ladybug shouting to the reader "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! Stand up!"
Turn the page and the ladybug says: "No, I changed my mind...sit down!"
And so it goes. The commands come faster and faster and soon the ladybug is ordering the kids to wiggle their noses, laugh, dance the chicken dance and blow tiny, tickly bugs out of their mouths. It's contagious and sure to be a hit in every preschool classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul on July 30, 2013
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This one was presented at a library storytime. It was fun, got lots of smiles, and even got the kids jumping and moving around a lot. If you've got a bug-themed event, go for it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.L. VINE VOICE on September 17, 2009
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The book is fun it allows your kids to interact with it. Not much for educational other than the words are small enough for our five year old to be able to read the book.

The book is short, so it makes a perfect bedtime story book :)

The illustrations are vey well done.

If I had picked up this book at a local bookstore, I probably would not purchase it. This is more of a library check out book for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Redz VINE VOICE on September 15, 2009
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What a FUN activity! This is the kind of book all preschool teachers need when their kids usually get anzy in the middle of a story. It is an interactive books that makes the kids get up and make faces so they can be able to sit back down and stay attentive for the remainer of the story - just to be told to do another silly and fun thing! Recommended for all young kids!
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It's lots of fun to pretend and even more fun if you can find a few friends to pretend with. Wait, there is a big smiley ladybug with two big front teeth who is smiling and pointing at you. "Hey, you!" she says, "yes I'm talking to you!" She wants you to stand up so she can give you some directions. You can stand right up as tall as her antennae and follow her instructions. Ooops, no sooner do you stand up she wants you to sit down. PLOP! No sooner do you sit down she wants you to stand up again. Now this is going to be some funny bug!

Do you know how to pretend? I'm sure you do and that's a LOT of fun. The ladybug is going to get us all in the pretend mood. The first thing she says to you is "Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. WIGGLE IT OFF!" She wants you to wiggle, laugh, dance, jiggle, move about, but most of all PRETEND as much as you can. She tells you not to fret if you have a tickly bug in your shirt because "there's a giant hungry frog coming to eat that tiny TICKLY bug STUCK in your shirt!" Get ready to have lots of fun because this ladybug is as silly as they come!

If at first perusal of this book you might say to yourself that it doesn't look like much or appears to be very appealing, but just add to the mix a few preschoolers or a Kindergarten class and it will be uproariously fun and zany. It reminded me a bit of Simon Says, but there is no room for error in this book because every youngster has his own "brand" of pretending. Just picture this book, a passel of children, a lot of laughter and you have the formula for a rollicking good time! What kind of a scary face can YOU make?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela A. Poddany VINE VOICE on September 5, 2009
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Can YOU Make a Scary Face?

Well, yes I can ---

My daughter took this clever little book to school to read to her first graders. She held up the book and immediately over 20 little kids started to laugh and get excited -- even before she started to read the text!!!!

These little first graders certainly needed something to get them remotivated on a warm August day during the first week of school. This book came to their rescue. It is full of directions and got the kids up and moving and most important, inter-acting and laughing. The book gives directions and actively involved movements which still kept the class under control. Yet, it allowed them to have fun and blow off some steam at the same time.

They loved the story line -- simple as it may be -- and could relate! Everyone has caught a lady bug and/or frog. The kids loved when the lady bug was afraid and especially enjoyed when the giant frog showed up! They couldn't stop smiling and laughing and wanted it read to them again.

One of the comments that struck my daughter funny was this, and I quote -- "What a coincidence that that big old frog came to see the lady bug."

This is a fun, inter-action book for young children. The illustrations are bright and bold. The use of different colors for the text is brilliant and is certainly pleasing and eye-catching for kids.

My two year old grand-daughter also enjoyed the book and now it is hers. Short, simple, fun, and sweet. Who could ask for more?

Thank you!

Pam
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