MORE BLUEBERRIES! by Susan Musgrave

MORE BLUEBERRIES!

by Susan Musgrave, illustrated by Esperança Melo
Age Range: 0 - 2
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two siblings overindulge in the titular fruit.

A brother and sister (probably, judging by hairstyle and clothing) get their hands on too many blueberries in this board book. The pair eats the blueberries straight, then move on to eating them in pancakes and muffins. These tots make a bit of a mess, even letting some animals in on the purple-stained fun. After a bath, the kids are sent to bed. Readers might wonder whether Musgrave was aiming to set some sort of record for making parents say "blueberry" till they're blue in the face. She combines “blueberry” with simple, toddler-friendly vocabulary for an infectious chant: “Blueberry cheeks, / blueberry chin. // Blueberry teeth, / blueberry grin.” Occasional double-page spreads stop the momentum with all-caps shouts for “MORE BLUEBERRIES!” Melo extends the theme with a blue-and-yellow–striped shirt for the little boy, a blueberry-patterned dress for the girl, and copious smears of blueberry—on cheeks, chins, and noses, as well as foot-, hand-, and pawprints. Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the frog, bear, and crow that join the fun may be imaginary, if stuffed toys and bedside book are taken as clues.

A little monomaniacal, but a great read-aloud that supports both vocabulary building and phonemic awareness. (Board book. 6 mos -2)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4598-0707-5
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015




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