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Monday, February 8, 2010

Can You Make a Scary Face? Written and illustrated by Jan Thomas. Beach Lane, Simon & Schuster, 2009. $16.99 ages 3 and up

"Hey, you!
Yes, I'm talking to you!
No, I changed my mind...

What fun it was to read this book recently at New Era! It was the first book of the afternoon with the kindergarten classes and I thought as I watched the childrens' delighted faces that Jan Thomas sure knows her audience. She gets what makes them laugh and uses it so well when writing books for the young.

After getting them up and going, she moves on to ask them to use their imaginations and pretend that they have a tiny bug on their nose and try to wiggle it off. You get where I am going with this? From mouth to shirt and all the while the children are encouraged to get rid of it...first by blowing it out, then by doing the chicken dance to bounce it off. When the bug sticks, listeners are appeased with the promise of a frog to eat it off! The frog that arrives with a healthy appetite is much bigger than expected and quite scary. Now, the ladybug needs help to get rid of the frog!

It's a book to be read and reenacted again and again...with no end to the hilarity it will elicit. Kids have the most unique way of looking at the world and everything can be quite believable to them when they are caught up in the fun. It will be a laugh riot when you share this book.

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