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Ook the Book and Other Silly Rhymes


This is no ordinary rhyming book. This is an introduction to twelve different characters including Ug the Bug, Ing the Thing and In the Twin. With fun, tongue-twisting rhymes and colorful illustrations, Ook the Book will have readers in stitches. And meanwhile, before they know it, young readers will become familiar with both the look and sounds of the little phonic parts that make up our written and spoken language. A perfect beginning book for budding book worms!

"While its simple rhymes make it perfect for building early reading skills, Shannon McNeill's action-packed illustrations (awash in a delicious color palette) give readers of all ages plenty to snicker over. In "Ake the Snake," for example, the snake has a cake, because he can bake. The snake, coiled by the lake (sporting a cupcake chef's hat) is surrounded by baking ingredients and two tiny green traumatized bugs, who have indeed tried to take the snake cake, and therefore are being flung screaming into the lake, much to the dismay of another bug hiding behind a sack of what might be flour. We think it's gutsy to write a poem as simple as "I am At, / At the cat. / Do you see Pat? / He is my rat. / I sat on Pat, / so he is flat." And we like it. (Pat the flat rat doesn't look too happy about it, however.) A wonderful primer for wee ones just starting to have fun with words. (Ages 2 to 5)." Karin Snelson,

"Rovetch composes repetitive chants around single-syllable words, and the results are as catchy as they are vapid. The author creates names like "Ake the Snake" and "Eep the Sheep" by dropping initial letters. Then she toys with the ones that are left over by substituting new consonants. Title character "Ook the Book" sits down to tea, declaring, "I am Ook, / Ook the book. / Do you see me in my nook?" Ug the Bug introduces a friend, Glug the slug, and asks, "Do you want a bug slug hug?" Altered words appear in large, bold letters for added emphasis. McNeill embraces the nonsensical scenarios with pink skies and lollipop trees; her gouaches present a worm's-eye view of a grassy garden, where the speakers frolic with roly-poly gray rats, picnic-crashing green ants and a mischievous Id the Kid. The artist brings everyone together for a closing spread where "Y the Fly" sniffs, "I will try not to cry. / But my, it's hard to say goodbye!" Compulsive rhymers should proceed with caution - they may launch into an unstoppable word game." From Publishers Weekly

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