ANIMAL SURPRISE! by Christopher Gunson


Age Range: 1 - 4
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Intensely colored vignettes feature a menagerie of animals as they tell their brief and funny tales. Onomatopoeic language will engage even the youngest readers: “Flick Stick [open the flap] Yum!” says the brilliantly green frog as it slurps up a fly. “Click Whirrr [open flap] Purr!” goes the deep purple cat playing with his windup toy. “Peek Pounce [open flap] Crunch!” says the vibrantly gold bunny as he pops out of his hole to munch a dazzlingly orange carrot. Each spread develops its simple plot in three words, with the surprise punch line hidden behind the fold-out flap. The resulting triptych reveals the amusing and unexpected ending. Full-bleed backgrounds of bold color that set off the central figure in their equally bright palettes are the perfect accompaniment to this surprising and engaging offering. (Picture book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-385-60223-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Doubleday UK/Trafalgar
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2002