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*The Fantastic 5 and 10 Cent Store: A Rebus Adventure* by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Valorie Fisher
 
Also by J. Patrick Lewis:

Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems

Kindergarten Cat

The World's Greatest: Poems

Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku

Black Cat Bone: The Life of Blues Legend Robert Johnson

 
Also by Valorie Fisher:

When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano (But She Does Love Being in Recitals)

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little
The Fantastic 5 and 10 Cent Store: A Rebus Adventure
by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Valorie Fisher
Ages 5-8 40 pages Schwartz and Wade September 2010 Hardcover    

Something new has popped up at the edge of town, and everyone has a guess as to what it may be. The butcher thinks its a leg of lamb; the baker thinks it may be a pie, and the barber imagines that a piece of cloud has fallen from the sky. But only little Benny Penny has the courage to go see what it is: an old-fashioned 5 and 10 cent store filled with curiosities and odds-and-ends.

What makes The Fantastic 5 and 10 Cent Store: A Rebus Adventure unusual is the inspired combination of silly verse coupled with rebus puzzles, where pictures stand in for entire or partial words. For instance, the sentence But what rose up at the end of town/Nobody could explain is written out with illustrations of a rose, a finger pointing up, and the letter x next to an airplane (x+plane).

The book is best suited for children between the ages of 5 and 8 who enjoy solving word puzzles. Children may find this book frustrating to attempt on their own for the first time, so Id recommend a little guidance from an adult until they get the hang of it.

The bright, full-page illustrations by Valorie Fisher are the perfect quirky companion to this supremely silly and clever puzzle book.
 


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