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Feldman (Animals Don't Wear Pajamas) uses just three or four rhyming words to tell each of the 13 (very) short stories starring the titular hero and heroine. In "Bike/Spike/Hike," Billy is stuck pushing his bicycle up a hill after hitting a tack-like object. "Flame/Blame/Shame/Tame" finds Milly teaching a naughty dragon that it's not nice to barbeque someone else's toy; the dragon makes up for the transgression by giving Milly a magical ride on its back. While some of the stories are more successful than others, the diverse and often fantastical premises are entertaining, and all the vignettes are elevated by Mourning's (Princess Peepers) stylish artwork. The mixed media collages evoke a hip playfulness with a hodgepodge of typography and retro wallpaper textures, though the Bratz doll-like leads have a somewhat limited expressive range. While the stories are short, the book itself isn't short on ingenuity. Ages 3-5.
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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–This picture book presents 13 short rhyming stories about Billy and Milly. Most of them are four words long; some, only three. Every word in each selection rhymes. Gnat/Hat/Splat!/Flat. The bright cartoon illustrations done in mixed-media collage are the keys to understanding the stories and the humor. Page turns often play an important role in creating a dramatic ending. Both clever and slapstick, this book can be read for pleasure or used as a jumping-off point for thinking about rhyme, language, and story.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399246517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399246517
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2009
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Billy and Milly are sitting in the doorways of their apartments on the stairs. Billy is holding a basketball and Milly is sitting there looking a little dreamy. The ice cream truck is coming down the street and they won't be sitting there for long. "Stoops Hoops Scoops Oops." The basketball just plopped right on top of Milly's ice cream cone. Looks like that double dipper cone is all one flavor now!

Billy put his golf ball on a tee and gave it his best swing, but something disastrous happened. "Tee Tree Bee Flee." That ball just hit the side of a bee's nest that was hanging in a tree. All the bees got very angry and started to chase Billy. BZZZZZZ! It was time to throw that club in the air and run for it!

This is a wonderful book to encourage your preschooler or emergent reader to guess the next word. This is a rhythmical book that is very lively with "thirteen very funny and very short stories." The graphic novel style characters who look a tad anime are very appealing. The only word that will be difficult for most emergent readers to decipher would be the word "gnat." Before you know it, you're going to have a youngster who will insist on "reading" you this entire book!
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I used this book last week with my first and second grade students as an introduction to story elements. I explained to them that to be a story there needs to be at least three things: characters, setting, and plot. The short stories in this book worked perfectly to emphasize my point that a story doesn't need to have 100 pages to be a story. By the time I got to the last story, the students were reading the words with me (a clear sign of engagement). Whenever a book captures the attention of my often restless first and second graders, I am always relieved. Not every book is a success after all. But this is a book that I will definitely use again. Maybe next time I'll work with the students and see if we can come up with short stories of our own.

One of things that makes this book work so well is the way the illustrations and the words compliment each other perfectly. Since each story is only three or four words, the illustrations become a vital part of helping the students see the story. Mourning's illustrations do this perfectly. I also appreciated the organization of some of the stories, where the story starts on one double page spread, but finished on the next page. This allowed me to ask the students where they thought the story was going (prediction), another important skill for young readers to develop. The design of the book (short stories, few words) makes this a great book for struggling readers as well. Highly recommended for teachers to use with their students or for private reading time.
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Such a great book for young readers! I could read it over and over again -- with the fun rhymes and short stories, kids will stay entertained -- and once they learn it, they can say the words as they come up. Teaches rhyming and language in a fun and enjoyable way. Beautiful and vibrant pictures too.
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What a wonderful book for young children and those learning rhyming words. Told only in rhyming words, this book tells the adventures of Billy and Milly. With one word per page, the reader has to use the colorful illustrations to piece together the story. Young kids will have fun guessing the next rhyming word to complete the story.

I used this book with my kindergarten kids in the library, and they loved guessing the next word and then coming up with more rhyming words.
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