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The King Who Rained

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Pokes gentle fun at an idioms and homonyms.

Book Fred Gwynne Words 2000
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Gwynne hits on some new material here with tricks of pronunciation, but otherwise he travels over the old terrain of idioms and homonyms that was better mined in Remy Charlip’s books. While repetition can give a book a warm sense of familiarity or a pleasing lilt, or can invite reader participation, here Gwynne's failure to alter his delivery makes the book feel like an endless knock-knock joke: It stifles the text, denies it oxygen.

The artwork, which looks like it was capably knocked off with a set of Magic Markers and some fast handwork, has an easy comfort to it. The illustrations have a 5-year-old's vividness to them.

Book Details

  • Author: Fred Gwynne
  • Illustrator: Fred Gwynne
  • Genre: Words
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 1, 2000
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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