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Roar Like a Dandelion

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Whimsical wordplay, wacky pictures in delightful ABC book.

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A true delight, this charming, witty ABC book will enchant readers young and old alike. While the alphabet lends itself to the story as a structure, this book isn't about learning letters. It's about evoking pleasure and joy while reading with young children. And that it does. The often silly and always engaging commands are complimented perfectly by Ruzzier's ink-and-watercolor illustrations, which pay homage to Maurice Sendak's iconic style. The pictures ably rise to the challenge of Krauss' commands, which range from clear and simple, like "Nod YES," to the poetic: "Open your eyes, see the sea/ Shut them fast, lock it in." For this latter command, Ruzzier packs the page with meditative, closed-eyed fish and sea creatures peacefully being present to a moment of beauty. There's no shortage of childlike exuberance and humor, either. Kids will love echoing the yellow-bellied red frog, arms open to the day, and its lily-pond home as it commands, "Yell, 'Good morning, big fat world!'" This attention to and respect for the energy, imagination, and silliness of children will make this an instant favorite for young readers and the adults in their lives.

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