I DO IT LIKE THIS! by Susie Brooks

I DO IT LIKE THIS!

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Age Range: 4 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Eating, moving, talking: “Some animals do things just like you…while others are very different!”

This British import offers informational text about animal behaviors illustrated in cheery cartoon-style pictures and juxtaposed with diverse children engaging in similar activities. The opening double-page spread asks readers, “How do you eat? A chameleon SHOOTS out its tongue to catch food.” Illustrating this are a child biting into an apple while a chameleon stands on their head, catching a fly with its long tongue. On the facing page another child talks on a push-button phone, “us[ing] words,” and “a lion lets out a loud ROAR!” Poor pacing undermines the success of the book, with each spread offering (too) many human/animal juxtapositions. Although subsequent spreads are arranged topically, there’s no sense of cohesion offered by a particular structure—the spreads could be rearranged into a different sequence without any impact on the book as a whole. The result is a title that offers lots of interesting information illustrated with pleasing, playful pictures, but it’s weakened by a lack of organization that would enable engagement and interest in accessing the information.

Not a great example of how to do expository nonfiction for young readers. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-61067-826-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2019




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