Sunday, April 15, 2012

Children's Book Review: Scranimals

Written by:  Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by:  Peter Sis
Published by: Scholastic Inc., 2002

We're sailing to Scranimal Island,

It doesn't appear on most maps....

Scranimal Island is where you will find the fragrant Rhinocerose, the cunning Broccolions, and if you are really, really lucky and very, very quiet, you will spot the gentle, shy Pandaffodil. (You may even hear it yawning if the morning's just begun, watch its petals slowly open to embrace the rising sun.

So put on your pith helmet and prepare to explore a wilderness of puns and rhymes where birds, beasts, vegetables, and flowers have been mysteriously scrambled together to create creatures you've never seen before –– and are unlikely to meet again! Your guides –– Jack Prelutsky, poet laureate of the elementary school set, and two–time Caldecott Honor artist Peter Sis – invite you to join them on an adventure you will never forget!

Ages 4+

* April is National Poetry Month. We own several different poetry books that my kids love.  Poems are great for children.  They are often short so you can read several at a time.  In my house the kids like rhyming poems and the funnier and sillier, the better.  This poetry book has been a favorite of the kids.  They like taking turns picking out which poem we should read next.  Each poem introduces a creature created by adding an animal and either another animal, fruit, vegetable, or flower. The rest of the poem tells a little bio of the "scranimal" and there's a helpful pronunciation guide at the bottom of each page!  Of all of the poetry books we have, this is one of the most read!

Family Rating:  2 thumbs up!

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