From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-These two books are based on a clever concept-telling a story in rhyming verse with puns galore. Give Me Bach My Schubert involves a boy who is trying to avoid his piano teacher. In You Never Sausage Love, the Cuisini family is having a cookout. Unfortunately, the plots are sacrificed in trying to fit in as many music- and food-related puns as possible, some of which just don't work or will require explanations. For example, in Schubert, the narrator says of his friend Ray, "...sol fa re owes mi a la ti do." Despite moments of cleverness in the collage illustrations, too many elements are crowded in a surrealistic jumble on the double-page spreads. These ambitious titles ultimately don't live up to their potential.Elizabeth Trotter, Scott County Public Library, Georgetown, KY
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