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You Never Sausage Love (It Could Be Verse) Library Binding – April 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: It Could Be Verse
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Publications (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822521156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822521150
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,965,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series, now a 16-volume set with more than 2.4 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical® series and several single titles including The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor and Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1997
Format: Library Binding
I have always thought that the best children's books really appeal to adults as much as -- if not more than -- kids.

Such is the case with "You Never Sausage (read: "saw such") Love" by Brian P. Cleary. This is not to say that kids will not enjoy them; the rhyming verse and eye-catching illustrations are more than enough to hold their attention. Some of the puns, however, might prove to be a bit esoteric for the average child.

Why do I say this? Although I somewhat hesitate to say so, it's because I had to think long and hard before I understood some of them myself. Granted, I am far from a rocket scientist, but I would like to think that I have an IQ a bit higher than the average fourth grader.

Does this mean the book is too difficult for kids? Quite the contrary -- the author himself has said that some of his best early learning experiences came from reading things that his parents had to explain to him.

So go ahead and buy it for the kids. Just be prepared to do a lot of explaining
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