Sunday, May 2, 2010

I Can Be Anything - Jerry Spinelli

Illustrated aby Jimmy Liao
Little Brown & Co., 2010
16 pgs. - plus the two end pages both fold out
For: anyone, young kids, those who enjoy great rhyme and rhythm...
Rating: 4.5
Endpapers: Azure

A young boy is laying (lying?) in the grass pondering what he should be when he grown up. Spinelli uses clever rhyming to think of all sorts of "jobs" a boy would love to do....

"paper-plane folder, puppy-dog holder.....

puddle stomper, apple chomper.....

deep-hole digger, lemonade swigger.....

honeysuckle smeller, silly-joke teller....."

I'm reluctant to let me fourth graders include too much rhyming in their poetry writing, because they rarely "make sense." This is a great book to show that you can make silly rhymes, but they have to MAKE SENSE.

The illustrations are glorious! Bright, whimsical, with great expression and lots to think about on each page, they can almost stand alone! Wonderful book.

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