From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3--Youngsters are encouraged to play with words in this picture book. A full-color photo and a brief phrase on the right side of the page introduce children to animals with specific characteristics. When the page is turned, the two-word rhyming punch line is revealed. For instance, "A swamp croaker is a-/BOG FROG" and "A wet hound is a-/SOGGY DOGGY." The large-print, white text set against colorful backgrounds is easy to read and attractive. Children of different races and ethnicities are represented in the photographs; the animals are shown in barnyards, backyards, homes, and parks. While young listeners may not be able to guess all of the paired words, they will get the clearly delivered concept and will be prompted to create rhymes of their own. Ideal for sharing aloud, this book will appeal to those who appreciate Tana Hoban's and Margaret Miller's work.
Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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Ages 5-8. With its short text and colorful photos featuring a multicultural crew of children having good times with animals, this looks like a book preschoolers will enjoy. However, it might take an older child to do the two-step reasoning that makes the book into a satisfying guessing game. A typical right-hand page shows a little girl holding up a large cat while the text reads "A chubby kitty is a . . ." What's another name for the noun and an adjective that rhymes with it? "FAT CAT." A natural for reading aloud, this bright, well-designed picture book will provide some shout-it-out fun for children who enjoy wordplay. Advanced players may want to make up their own rhymes. Remember this book the next time a teacher asks for a source of hink-pinks or hinky-pinkies, alternate names for one-syllable and two-syllable versions of this word game, which the authors refer to in the dedication as Stinky Pinky. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved