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Rhyme Crime Paperback – 3 Aug 2017
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Praise for 'SPLAT!': This brilliantly playful book that experiments with the physical boundaries of the book as an object, encouraging interaction and imagination, seems to be a direct extension of Jon's personality. (Oliver Jeffers)
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This is much closer to a 'traditional' storybook than Splat! with its 'once upon a time'/the end? opening/close, rhyming couplets and rhythms but it is much more than a bog standard bedtime story, and indeed despite the deliciously silly swaps that the 'thief of rhyme' commits it's excellently educational for both developing language in toddlers and developing linguistic awareness of homophones and problem solving in primary aged children.
Jon Burgerman never patronises the children in his book with the 'same old same old' and pitching low in challenge, he takes a very playful tone with the narrative, starting out in the familiar which is like canonical law and must be repeated in all English language rhyme books 'a hat for a cat' and 'chair with bear' (there's a whole book on that one though!) leaving children starting to think yup this is like the other ones 'dog for a frog yeah... WHAT!' And by making some different and ridiculous choices such as swapping brains and sneezes for rhyming things it tickles and challenges children to think outside the box and laugh at the same time.
*Spoilers* we then come to the best exploration of the lack of rhyming words for orange I think I've seen *spoilers END*
and then finally his last two swaps are illustrated but without accompanying narrative prompting the child to make the matches themselves which pushes their cognitive thinking further too.
The use of turning page to complete the rhyme is genius allowing for double enjoyment of Burgerman's joyful illustrations turn from serenity to befuddlement and shock, and equally encouraging older children to come up with their own suggestions for what the thief may have swapped the item for. There's plenty of option for extension activities with older children still as they can be encouraged to illustrate an alternative swap of their choice (sneeze for bees, hat for bat etc) to encourage further linguistic exploration and pairing with developing art skills.
My 4 year old and 15 month old daughters love Rhyme Crime, the older for the silliness and word play and the younger thinks it's fab for its colourful wacky illustrations (though her linguistic development is getting a good boost too) and this book has really sold me now appreciating the playful genius that is Jon Burgermanm my mum though is still perplexed a little by the style.
The illustrations are fun and colourful which engage young readers in the story.
I would suggest that the rhymes may help young readers to guess the next word - a great support in early reading development.
Pre-schoolers would be the target audience for this book.
This is an excellent book which the children enjoyed for the one main reason the rhymes are so funny and to be honest in my opinion very silly.
Rhyme Crime written by Jon Burgerman is a great book and one I am happy to recommend.
I got the paperback book and the size is 27cm x 23cm so a good size, if you look on the hardback listing it shows you pictures of the graphics etc.
We like everything about this book from the quality, the nice bright colours of the pictures and of course the rhymes.
It is easy to read and funny. The illustrations are bright, colourful and amusing too.My older son also loves thinking of other rhyming words.
So funny and easy to read. Brilliant graphics. My almost nine year old loves it too. She is enjoying the rhymes in the book but also coming up with alternatives and making up her own versions.
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