MUDDY AS A DUCK PUDDLE by Laurie Lawlor

MUDDY AS A DUCK PUDDLE

And Other American Similes
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Age Range: 6 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

From A to Z, Lawlor has collected American folk sayings to tickle the funnybone. The similes, as coupled with Long’s comic cartoon-like illustrations, will linger in readers’ imaginations. The picture that accompanies “Jittery as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs” traps a nervous cat anxiously clutching his tail in the midst of obliviously rocking adults. “Happy as a clam at high water” depicts a smug clam looking up at a fox and a bird, both unable to catch him up in their claws. The alphabetical list seems a rather weak glue to hold the sayings together, but the significant author’s note provides ample descriptions of these “proverbial comparisons,” most of which hail from the Ozarks. The origin of each simile is explored, along with extra historical information where needed. Budding writers may well pick up a few new sayings from the body of the text, but for many readers, the backmatter will be the most interesting feature of the book. Whether this detracts from or enhances the reading experience depends on whether readers are as curious as a cat or ornery as a skunk. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2229-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2010




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