- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811856100
- ISBN-13: 978-0811856102
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Schoolchildren imagine themselves as chimps, whales and butterflies in this fantasy. The layout builds suspense, with ellipses preceding each page turn: If I could have a spiky spine/ I'd get to be a.../ porcupine! thinks a girl as she brushes her unruly hair and then, in animal form, has luxurious spines combed by a patient bunny. The children's choices sometimes improve their lives, as when a nerdy boy walks past two teasing kids: For just one day, if I could dare,/ I'd be a growling grizzly.../ bear! I'd give my brother quite a scare,/ if I could be a grizzly bear. (As a bear, he cups the bullies—who have turned into mice—in his paw.) Evoking 1970s illustration, Boutavant's (All Kinds of Families!) eccentric digital art features lithographs' grainy textures, fine lines and saturated colors; his doe-eyed, bobble-headed characters resemble the kids from the Love Is... comic. Leuck (I Love My Pirate Papa) crafts bubbly if predictable verse; a mirror on the final page helps salvage a wordy conclusion about preferring to be/ that special someone, that is.../ me! Up to age 4. (Oct.)
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Top Customer Reviews
Marc Boutavant's illustrations are amazing - and the writing is perfect. My son is 4 and he loves it. We've read it so often he's memorized the words on each page - and he loves to read it with me. The kids on each page of the book each imagine they are a different type of animal - so cute and fun. I highly recommend this book - it's adorable!