This delightful book of strange things and clever rhymes is
a joy to read. The rhymes are imaginative, instructive,
silly and alliterative. This gem is appealing on many
levels: the light-hearted poetry, the colorful, whimsical
illustrations and nature's gallery of fascinating creatures
to stimulate youthful curiosity.
With a granddaughter in the first grade, I am always looking
for books that offer attractive illustrations, but also
incorporate ideas that lead to an appreciation of words.
After reading each poem/page, my granddaughter was soon
clamoring to read the rhymes herself:
"But did you know that alligators
Sometimes swallow second graders?"
Suddenly, each page is her favorite, like "The Iguana": "I
wouldn't wanna/ Be an iguana_" We choose from the skink, the
gecko, the cobra, the Komodo dragon, the box turtle and even
We shake in lakes
By the time we reach "The Bullfrog", she has lowered her
voice to copy the croaking bullfrog. This book is a delight
to share with a child, an occasion for tongue-twisting
rhymes and giggles. The highest praise I can offer is that I
have bought more of Florian's exceptional work.