APPLES & ORANGES by Sara Pinto
Kirkus Star


Going Bananas with Pairs
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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“How are an apple and an orange alike?” asks this genially goofy offering. No, it’s not that they’re both fruits . . . or round . . . or picked in orchards: It’s that “[t]hey both don’t wear glasses.” Pair after pair of like objects is paraded past the reader, obvious similarities rejected in favor of sublimely silly ones. Thus, starfish and octopi don’t knit, ice skates and sleds don’t play jazz and drums and accordions don’t baby-sit. Each spread sets up the gag on recto, pairs innocuously enough set against a hand-drawn cream-colored box on a white background; turn the page and on verso the pair appears again in full-bleed ink, gouache and watercolor drawings that highlight the absurdity of the joke. A rabbit and an armadillo work away in a dentist’s office, a book and a letter sit on stools at a sushi joint, an eggplant and an artichoke ride the twirling swings at a carnival. Children who have tackled serious concept books will get an enormous kick out of this sly gem, letting their imaginations run wild with the creative possibilities inherent in tomfoolery. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59990-103-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2007


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