Tongue-twisty teasers lead the reader through a miscellany of animals in this brilliantly illustrated hint-and-reveal book. Careful clues invite the child to guess what’s coming next, and rhythm and repetition invite early readers to try out this little riddle book on their own. From toucan to centipede, all will delight in Vlasta van Kampen’s colorful art and Charles Ghigna’s whimsical words.
The concept with wordplay is nice (“Who stirs the wheel in their playground? Who stirs? Hamster!)and the illustrations are well-executed, but the book as a whole really didn’t do much for me.
Charles Ghigna (also known as Father Goose) lives in a treehouse in Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books for children and adults from Random House, Capstone, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge and other publishers. His poems appear in hundreds of magazines from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Cricket and Highlights. He is a former poetry editor of the English Journal and nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services.
Vlasta van Kampen is an award -winning illustrator and has published over 48 books. She graduated from OCA (now known as OCAD) University in 1966. On scholarship she studied typography and book design at the Gerrit Rietfeld Akedemie in The Netherlands. She delights in developing animal characters that will entertain the viewer. Her art is story telling in great detail, rendered in rich, saturated watercolors. Vlasta lives in Coburg, Ontario. For more information, visit www.vlasta.ca. (Bio via https://us.orcabook.com/)