COCK-A-DOODLE WHO? by Martine Perrin

COCK-A-DOODLE WHO?

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Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Die-cuts and a rhyming question-and-answer format showcase animals and patterns.

Two different but similar patterns are used in this puzzle that depends on reveals. A die-cut animal shape is shown against an inappropriate pattern, and a question is posed. “Mooing cow, for whom do you wait?” (The cow has a black-and-white–flowered hide.) After the page turn, the animal has its proper pattern and the new image answers the original question. “This maid stepping with a very quick gait.” (The milkmaid wears a flowered dress; the Holstein now has the usual black-and-white coloring.) The cow, duck, snail, sheep, ladybugs, trout, fox and rooster are presented as a farm animal collection, but they make an unusual one. The couplets, translated from the original French, have end rhyme, but limping rhythm makes them difficult to read aloud. Two of Perrin's previous books have been published here as board books (Look Who’s There! and What Do You See?, 2011) but this title has been formatted for slightly older readers. Its bold colors and interesting patterns have appeal, but both the experiences (plucking mushrooms?) and the stilted language may be beyond even the kindergarten child.

For die-cut surprises read Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Lemons Are Not Red (2004) or Hervé Tullet’s The Book with a Hole (2011) instead. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8075-1107-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Whitman
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2012




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