Saturday, July 27, 2013

I Scream Ice Cream: A Book of Wordles

I Scream Ice Cream: A Book of Wordles
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by Serge Bloch
Chronicle Books, 2013. Unpaged picture book.

What exactly are wordles? In this case, wordles are "groups of words that sound exactly the same but mean different things." This mind-bending picture book takes phrases and turns them inside out and upside down, with funny pictures to match! It's a fun read aloud that requires careful pronunciation and even more careful listening skills. The challenge is trying to figure out what the next phrase will be. Some are easy: "Reindeer. Rain, dear." Some are real thinkers: "Sorry, no more funnel cakes. Sorry, no more fun...elk aches." Rosenthal cleverly plays with words and punctuation, and Bloch's quirky illustrations are a perfect accompaniment.

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