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CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE? by Jan Thomas

CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE?

By Jan Thomas (Author) , Jan Thomas (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8581-5
Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster

In a series of speech balloons, a buck-toothed ladybug takes readers through a guided visualization of sorts. “Okay. Are you ready? Let’s pretend! / Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. Wiggle it off!” Thomas’s digital graphics feature eye-popping colors and heavy black outlines; despite the simplicity of her shapes, she squeezes prodigiously clear expressions out of her character. Even as her ladybug laughs at the imagined tickling of the bug, audiences will join in, and they’ll recognize what happened with the next page turn, even before hearing, “Whoops! The tiny tickly bug flew into your mouth?” Rest easy, faint of heart, readers and ladybug quickly succeed in blowing the bug out—though its next stop is “in your shirt?” The ladybug’s dialogue is rendered in a clean, friendly typeface, occasional key words bolded and in bright colors, a device that keeps readers connected to the written word even through all the foolery. In a whopper of a twist, reality and imagination blend so subtly that children will find themselves looking around the room to ascertain for themselves just what’s happened. (Picture book. 3-7)