A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they can rest easy: There's nothing here to worry about in terms of content. The author's poetry reflects a crisp, highly appealing writing style, and the accompanying photographs offer close-up, eye-catching views of kids, animals, and objects that young readers will love to talk about and pore over.
Is It Any Good?
This book is a refreshing change from typical children's alphabet or poetry fare. It assumes what most kids already know: To get their attention, you've got to appeal to their imagination and creativity. Any book that likens an icicle to "tiger teeth" and describes a vacuum cleaner as "the nosy old hummer" that "bump-rubs every corner / so every crumb / of dust and fuzz vanishes / into its hum" definitely does just that -- and more.
In addition to the music of Updike's poetry, one read-aloud group loved the photos, abundant images of kids with familiar objects that inspired discussion about the listeners' own experiences. And the endpages, which got almost as much attention as the rest of the book, feature color-block squares with alternating alphabet letters and photos from the book's main pages. At least four members of the audience made a game out of matching the letters to their corresponding objects.
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