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Can You Make a Scary Face? Hardcover – August 4, 2009

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PreSchool-K—This book will have youngsters jumping, wiggling, dancing, pretending, and laughing—all in reaction to a bossy, toothy ladybug with chartreuse skin. "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP! No, I changed my mind…SIT DOWN! No….STAND UP!...Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. WIGGLE IT OFF!" Each spread has a dialogue balloon with large text and fonts that vary in color and size. Backgrounds change with every turn of the page, revealing glowing shades of blue, orange, and fuchsia. The expressive ladybug is outlined in broad black lines and seems only inches away from readers. Adults will enjoy using this title to encourage lively activity and imaginative games. Children will love everything about it—especially the surprise ending.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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About the Author

Jan Thomas is the creator of Rhyming Dust Bunnies, What Will Fat Cat Sit On?, A Birthday for Cow!, and The Doghouse. She lives in Socorro, New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books; Repackage ed. edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416985816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416985815
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2009
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"Stop making those ugly faces or your face will freeze and stay that way the rest of your life."

I should have listened to Mom. But kids like making faces, the uglier, scarier, and funnier the better.
In "Can You Make a Scary Face" a fluorescent-green faced ladybug invites reader/listeners to engage in a frenetic face making frenzy to scare away a giant hungry frog. In the spirit of Simon says, kids are invited to stand, sit, and dance all around. It's the kind of activity a group of kids will love and the number of kids participating will increase the fun exponentially.

This is a Fun book with a capital F, with bright colors, big pages, silly premise, and an engaging ladybug character. I don't have young children but some of my coworkers do, and their kids thoroughly enjoyed the kinetic fun of this book.
"Can You Make a Scary Face" is a winner. Put it at the top of your list of read-aloud books.
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We have read almost all of Jan Thomas's picture books, and own many of them. My son loves them and he thinks they are hilarious! (I do too!) This, however, is a disappointment. There is no story. The ladybug calls out instructions to the reader, like stand up! sit down! and then it asks the reader to imagine that the reader has swallowed a bug, to spit it out, do the chicken dance, etc. It might be fun if you were reading this book to a classroom full of kids, who might enjoy standing up, jumping up and down, according to the ladybug's instructions. It is totally lost on a child who is getting a book read to him a) at a quiet library or b) at bedtime. My 3 year old was on my lap and of course couldn't jump up and down, and he was also a little confused as to why he was asked to do these things.

The worst part is at the end the ladybug asks the reader to make a scary face to scare away the frog, and then they all run away because the reader's face is too scary! My son laughed half-heartedly, but when story time was over he asked me to bring the book with me and take it away. And he never asked for it again. He was afraid of the "scary face" too.

I wish I had previewed this book at the library before buying it, so I could have avoided buying it.

Jan Thomas has a lot of books that are far far better. Our favorites are: Rhyming dust bunnies. Are you ready for some fun? Let's sing a lullaby for the brave cowboy. Pumpkin trouble. The Doghouse.
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With Can You Make A Scary Face, Thomas sticks with the same brightly colored illustrations and silly humor, but now offers a more interactive book. This book begs to be read aloud, preferably to a gaggle of kids.

It starts off with a ladybug shouting to the reader "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! Stand up!"
Turn the page and the ladybug says: "No, I changed my mind...sit down!"
And so it goes. The commands come faster and faster and soon the ladybug is ordering the kids to wiggle their noses, laugh, dance the chicken dance and blow tiny, tickly bugs out of their mouths. It's contagious and sure to be a hit in every preschool classroom.
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My 3 and 5-year old kids LOVE Jan Thomas books. This one is by far their favorite. They've since memorized all of the words so that they can take turns "reading" it to me. As a family, we all do the actions as the kids are reading. It's a fun family book.
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I bought this 4 years ago for my then 3 year old. He now reads it to his younger brother and they still laugh as they read it. This is a wonderful book. My kindergartener brings it to school for the teacher to read to the class and they all follow the instructions in the book and have a great time.
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At first, the book was a bit advanced for a just-two year old but he is smart and caught on quickly He now loves the interactive component to the book. It has helped him to improve his vocabulary and his ability to follow directions. Highly recommended
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We first enjoyed Jan's book Dog House at our local library. When I purchased several books for our own library including Can You Make a Scary Face, my preschoolers were delighted. I read this first to a group of 3-4 yr olds. The first page says to stand up....so they did and on we went through the book following the directions with no input from me other than reading the words. The expressions and faces they made were so funny I giggled with them. When we finished, they asked me to read it again! The following day, I read it to a group of 4-5 year olds. They did the same thing as the younger group! What a riot! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
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This one was presented at a library storytime. It was fun, got lots of smiles, and even got the kids jumping and moving around a lot. If you've got a bug-themed event, go for it!
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