LETTUCE IN! by Tina Gallo

LETTUCE IN!

And Other Knock-Knock Jokes
From the "Little Simon Sillies" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 4

KIRKUS REVIEW

Start the groans already.

Traditional knock-knocks unveil themselves in an intriguing, but flimsy, design. Dramatic type mixed with speech bubbles present the natural give-and-take: “KNOCK, KNOCK. / Who's there? / Lettuce! / Lettuce who?” A turn of the flap expands the scene with the inevitable (but short-lived) punch line. “Lettuce in, it's raining!” There’s an intriguing energy in the flamboyant comedians; a little mouse sports a blue collar, polka-dot dress, stripped leggings and bright high-heeled shoes, while a natty raccoon wears red trousers and sneakers, an orange sweater, a pink shirt and a turquoise tie. The animals participate in a cheery illogic younger preschoolers will appreciate. (Little Old Lady Duck yodels atop the snow-capped mountains in a particularly memorable touch.) There is no narrative through line; each joke is self-contained. The diminutive size of the book and lift-the-flap focus suggests interest for younger listeners, though the plays on language skew to an older crowd.  

Those tickled by these nostalgic jokes would be better served by a larger and lengthier offering. (Board book. 3-4)

Pub Date: June 14th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-1404-4
Page count: 20pp
Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2011




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