Clever & funny little book to introduce children to idioms, their use & meaning. The artwork illustrating well known, everyday phrases is absolutely wonderful, it really draws in the child's attention.
Give The Kid a Book
What kids doesn't like idioms!! These books are wonderfully creative! The illustration are brilliant! The idioms and very well depicted and easy for kids to understand.
I love this series and hope there are more to come! Maybe even some cliches?
Large and brightly illustrated pictures help make idioms come to life. The large idiom text coupled with the small texted explanation of each example of figurative speech would support an ESOL classroom nicely.
Journey of a Bookseller
Jo Ann Hakola
Here's a delightful children's book that explains all those odd sayings you hear and use. They're called idioms and when you're young, they sound like nonsense.
VanitaBooks and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you). The book has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.
Robin Hegan is the illustrator and she creates the funniest looking birds and animals you've ever seen. Her graphics enhance the funny sayings and will make your child smile.
Both the author and the illustrator had fun with this book. For example, the first page shows a goose in a car driving over bumps. Goosebumps, you see. At the bottom of the page is an explanation of the term and a sentence using it. That's upside down so you can let the child guess its use before it's revealed.
I liked this book because it teaches the child something new in fun way. (I remember my grandparents telling me these sayings; now I say them.) This is a great book for reading aloud and using in group participation. Why not get a copy and see how many sayings your children are familiar with?
The Children's Book Review
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Reader: Bob Spear
Rating: 5 hearts
This delightful children’s picture book blends the real meanings of common American idioms such as: “Don’t let the cat out of the bag;” “It’s raining cats and dogs;” and so on. Each idiom is stated and explained, then, an example of how it might be used is provided. The fun illustrations show scenes of what a child might imagine when hearing an idiom for the first time and taking it literally.
The combination of our language’s funny sayings and the even funnier visual jokes the illustrator has generated will make for delightfully gigglely read-a-louds. Children will get a real hoo-ha out of this book. We rated it five hearts.
Heartland Reviews Picture Book Score Sheet
Heart score based on category scores graded 1-6 points. Total sum is divided by max possible of 30. Resultant % is equated to a heart score (see below).
Total= 29 \30 = 97%= 5 Hearts
Heart Scoring Percentages
1 heart= < 44%
2 hearts= 44%
3 hearts= 60%
4 hearts= 85%
5 hearts= 95%
San Diego State University
National Center for the Study of Children's Literature
"Oelschlager and Hegan are an extraordinary team. This one hits a kid’s sense of humor just right. It’s both linguistically and pictorially a very funny collection of idioms represented literally. Kids will lol; you will lol. This’d be an especially good book for a classroom.”