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YIKES! by Alison Lester


In Seven Wild Adventures, Who Would You Be?

by Alison Lester & illustrated by Alison Lester

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-395-71252-1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

The cast of characters in this deliberately silly book is large, introduced by Lester (My Farm, 1994, etc.) in seven singsong poems. She creates scenarios, set in the circus, the jungle, Transylvania, the high seas, a snowy forest, deep space, and the Wild West, and peoples them with characters such as Blood and Guts McCoy and Missing Toes O'Reilly before asking readers ``. . . who would you be?'' A turn of the page reveals the fate of each character, and an epilogue expands on those endings and brings this rollicking roll call to a close. Clever allusions to old movies and stories make stock characterizations familiar but slightly askew, perfectly rendered colorful drawings; the broad sweep of the book makes it ideal for repeat readings or for classroom performances. (Picture book. 4-8)