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RIDDLE ROAD: Puzzles in Poems and Pictures Hardcover – May 1, 1999

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From Publishers Weekly

In this winsome companion to With One White Wing, Spires and Blegvad again combine their considerable talents for 26 verbal and visual puzzles. In simple, gracefully delineated verse, some of it rhyming, some not, Spires crafts a collection of imaginative riddles whose answers lie well within the grasp of youngsters just beginning to read. Augmenting the wordplay, Blegvad tucks clever clues into his exquisite watercolors, many of which are so meticulously executed that they resemble etchings. A woman's red umbrella with black spots, for instance, telegraphs the answer to "Stop telling me/ my house is on fire,/ my children gone!/ Is that any way/ to treat a lady?/ I'll fly away! I will!" The brainteasers here will intrigue and stimulate young minds, and answers appear upside down at the bottom of each page. Ages 6-10. (May)
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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-Students will enjoy lingering over both the words and the pictures in this attractive book. What kind of dog hangs out at ballparks and barbecues? What lives in a glass house and should be worth a lot of money but is not? The answers can be found in this entertaining collection of 26 riddles about alarm clocks, goldfish, eating utensils, shoes, and other commonplace things. The poems have just enough depth to require a little thought to figure out. Blegvad's watercolor illustrations provide clever clues but do not necessarily give away the answer. A riddle about a "...horse/swimming in the sea" is accompanied by a handsome picture of horses and children frolicking at the beach. Closer inspection reveals the solution in a sea horse outlined in the clouds. As in Myra Cohn Livingston's My Head Is Red (Holiday, 1990; o.p.), the answer to each riddle is listed upside down on the bottom of the page. This sequel to the well-received With One White Wing (McElderry, 1995) will be a fine complement to any poetry shelf.
Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; 1st edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689817835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689817830
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,235,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My kids keep coming back to this book to their favorites to find the clue that reveals the answer. The book jacket mentions that the riddles "recall more ancient queries-the question rhymes from Mother Goose . . . or the riddle game between Bilbo baggins and Gollum in _The Hobbit_." They also reminded me of Beatrix Potters' _The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin_. The illustrations and actions in this book also give clues just like that story. Some clues are deliberately misleading, like seeing live horses galloping into the ocean when the real answer--seahorse--is instead carefully sculpted into the clouds. There is a pleasing mix of solving ability. My 5 year old was successful at a few, while a couple were a bit difficult for me. I would wait for the lower priced paperback edition to come out, as there are only 26 riddles.
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