BUSY BUZZING BUMBLEBEES And Other Tongue Twisters by Alvin Schwartz

BUSY BUZZING BUMBLEBEES And Other Tongue Twisters

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Six sharp smart sharks!"" ""Six sticky sucker sticks."" ""Big Bill blew big blue bubbles."" How better to liven up the short words and phrases that easy readers require than with tongue twisters? One of these in fact--""Swim, Sam! Swim, Sam! Swim, Sam! Well swum, Sam ! ""--could almost be lifted from an old Dick-and-Jane primer; but when repeated ""three times as fast as you can,"" as Schwartz' introductory warmup directs, it sails. The laugh quotient is high: witness the different levels of humor in ""Cheap sheep soup,"" ""If Stu chews shoes, should Stu choose the shoes he chews,"" and the closing ""Crow, Cock! Caw, Crow!"" And Abrams keeps pace, rising with special exuberance to ""Sixty-six sneaky snakes"" and ""Nellie Needle nibbles noodles."" This is Schwartz' second tongue-twister collection and his third I Can Read (the other two being riddles and noodle tales), but it shows no signs of slackening spirit.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1982
Publisher: Harper & Row