Author: Valerie Sherrard Copyright Date: 2008
Illustrator: David Jardine
Valerie Sherrard has an interesting idea for a book here. She used a child’s view on idiomatic expressions to drive her comic poetic picture book. David Jarine’s illustrations are dark and odd. They feel a bit unfinished. The books strikes me as needing some editing both in written and illustrated aspects. I will be interested in seeing the reaction of children to this book, sometimes they like things which don’t appeal to me.
This book does have potential for teaching writing-reading connection, lessons on where do ideas come from, expanding on an idea and using figures of speech.
Rating: #1(Highly Recommended) #2 ✓ #3 #4 (not acceptable)
Interest Level: Grade: Picture book 2-4 Reading Level: Grade 2-4
Curriculum Area: Language Arts
Theme(s) Topic(s): idioms, rhyming
Shining Willow nominee 2009