By Janik Coat
Harry N. Abrams, 2015. Board book.
This minimalist board book stars a rhinoceros who demonstrates rhyming words in unexpected pairings. The clean, repetitive graphics make the changes between one picture and the next all the more noticeable and amusing, such as the eye wrinkles and the tiny hairs coming out of the rhinoceros’s ears and nose on the page showing “old.” There are also several surprises in the fun and flashy illustrations that crop up, such as the pictures for “gold,” “blurry,” “tilted,” and the page covered with textured green fuzz for “mossy.”
A high quality board book that is simple yet brilliant. Young children will love to be able to guess the rhyming word the first time or two around, and then to “read” it themselves after that. Also available from the author is Hippopposites.