Words at play.
Barretta, Gene. Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs. Henry Holt, 2011. 40p. $16.99.978-0-8050-9107-6. Grades 1-3. A high energy animal rock festival introduces words that are spelled alike but have different meanings and pronunciations. From Carmen Chameleon's Entrancing Entrance to Seals and Crawfish's Closing set--"if you're hungry, sit up Close"--here's a rollicking romp through one of our language's trickier thickets.
Protopopescu, Orel. Thelonious Mouse. Illus. by Anne Wilsdorf. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011.32p. $16.99. 978-0-37437447-1. Grades 1-3. Everyone is sure that the cat is going to get tap-dancing, scat-singing Thelonious--but not even the callous kitty can resist joining in a "cuckoo duet, dum-ditty." The cartoon illustrations are as lively as the narrative's skitter-scatter beat.
Schaefer, Carole Lexa. Who's There? Illus. by Pierr Morgan. Viking, 2011.32p. $15.99. 978-0-670-01214-4. Grades 1-3. A young bunny lies wakeful, hearing noises in the hall. Is it a Crusty Dumply Ogre? A Grimy Gooey Ghoulie? A Splitch-Kah-Do-Mee-Grabber? Children will be eager to find out, even as they wrap their tongues delightedly around the array of imaginary bugaboos.
Singer, Marilyn. What Is Your Dog Doing? Illus. by Kathleen Habbley. Atheneum, 2011.32p. $12.99.978-14169-7931-9. Grades K-1. Playful rhymes, from "Dog Shedding / Dog Sledding" to "Brilliant Dog That Loves to Herd" followed by "Famous Dog That Gets Chauffeured," reflect the simple, high energy illustrations in this gallery of captivating canines.