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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1ST edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416955666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416955665
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—The earliest indication that this is not your typical guessing game comes on the endpaper as a robot energetically hatches out of an egg. For each round of guessing, readers are presented with a page of Rex's oil-and-acrylic illustrations opposite a rhyming quatrain. The completely unexpected and delightfully off-the-wall conclusion of the verse's final line is revealed on the next page. The images are especially droll. A spread set in a kitchen with a die-cut hole in the wall suggests that what's on the other side is a little mouse: "Who climbs our counters and eats our cheese?/We've set up traps all through the house/But still can't catch that pesky…." Turning the page, readers will see that what they thought was a cute little mouse was in fact the repulsive toe of a huge Viking. This is an especially fun book to share.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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About the Author

Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem and Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World). He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac lives in Oakland, California.

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Customer Reviews

It's great fun and I would HIGHLY recommend it!
B & V Franklin
And for a book this bad, I'm not even going to bother reviewing the illustrations or anything else.
S. Levi
It's a "guessing game" with VERY unexpected answers!!!
SusieQ

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B & V Franklin on September 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Our 4 year old daughter absolutely LOVES this book! Every night, I ask her which book she wants me to read at bedtime and (without fail) she grabs "Guess Again!" The first time we read it, the entire family was laughing at the unexpected answers when you turned each page. The illustrations are brilliant and so creative - I've never seen a book like it! Our 7 year old son, couldn't wait to share it with his friends - he loved that no one could guess the answers! It's great fun and I would HIGHLY recommend it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe'sMom VINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
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"Guess Again!" is a silly fun book where you have to guess an object from the clues given on the page. So on the first page you see a silhouette of what looks like a bunny. The shadowy ouline is set in a carrot patch. There is a rhyming verse that even rhymes with the word "bunny". But when you turn the page, it's not a bunny at all! It's Grandpa Ned (in a bunny like contortion)! Each page follows this same format - rhyming verse, visual clues, with a silly solution to the guessing game.

This book was a HUGE hit with my 5 year old. By the end, he was in fits of laughter and anticipating Grandpa Ned at every turn. We had to read the story 4 times in a row. He LOVED Grandpa Ned and all the other silly characters. The next day, he insisted on bringing the book to school to read to his class at story time. His teacher said the book was a big hit all around.

This book is very cute and entertaining. The text is easy enough for an early reader to sound out words. I actually wondered if this would be a story we'd read once and then lose interest in but that is definitely not the case here.

Definitely recommend for preschool/Kindergarten aged kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Buckley on March 18, 2010
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Guess Again! is hilarious - truly one of those great ideas I wish I had come up with myself. If you want something silly, for a rainy day, that will make you laugh and probably get your kid giggling then this is truly the right choice. It's not for babies so they may find some of it perplexing, and it's probably not really for very old people either. It's certainly not for those without a sense of humor, who lost their balance in a swimming accident, or have a fear of cats. If you starred on Broadway or enjoy the taste of a swiss chard, or were a citizen of Jonestown you will probably walk away scratching your head. If you demand that all things be labeled and explained, that perhaps books should list ingredients, or you feel that you are not the type of person that likes to take big risks when it comes to purchasing books, well, you will also not enjoy this book. If you live too close to power lines, lived in Love Canal, spend time outside of McDonald's demanding the return of the McDLT, then you should steer clear. But for the rest of us, that tiny 1 to 2 percent out there who really control everything and make all the money (you know, the cabal) - well, this is really up your alley. My kid loved it and he's only two years old. Of course, he didn't read it...he ate it, but that's neither here nor there. What counts is that it has bite marks in it just like classics; Where the Wild Things Are, Cowboy Small, and the Gilmore Girls Companion. I give this book six stars. What? Five, really? What year is this?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2009
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This book was very cute. I actually wasn't expecting the real answers to the riddles, so I got a kick out of reading the book. The illustrations are attractive and humorous. The joke became a bit repetitive, but my kid didn't seem to mind. A good, short read overall.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Villalon on September 27, 2009
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This book is a testament to the inherent intelligence of the early reading-age child. Whereas many books intended for this age are written simply to expose children to written language, "Guess Again!" engages the young reader as a participant in the creative process. A child will return to this book again and again because she realizes that with each turn of the page her expectation of what's almost certainly coming is replaced with something infinitely more hilarious. And this process is tremendously important in this age, when children are beginning to develop the cognitive power of abstract thought. It's refreshing to see a new children's author who seems to understand the important role of literature in the process of a child's cognitive development. "Guess Again!" is not only a wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated book, it's also an important one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Bashara on September 22, 2009
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I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE Adam Rex fan! I can't recommend his Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Pssst! enough! He has a sly sense of humor that clever children really respond to. Those two books have been wise investments and are among the top 10 most requested read alouds in our house. I can't say this is quite up to the level of those two, but truthfully not many books are! In this book children are encouraged to guess what a silhouetted object is based on some visual and verbal clues. They will quickly find that their assumptions are dead wrong as the next page (or flap) reveals increasingly ridiculous answers. Truth be told some kids might find this a little puzzling or even frustrating at first, but I predict that this is a book that will improve with subsequent readings. Children love being 'in the know' and will delight in playing along with the visual and verbal jokes.
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