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Monday, February 8
Written and illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Marguia
My rating: ★★★★
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Date of publication: January 5, 2016
Age: 3 - 6 years
Themes: birds, word play, dancing,
Two cockatoos meet two more cockatoos in tutus and two tutued toucans. And then two more! Can they all can-can? They can! The cockatoos and toucans join together for a dance and ask the reader: "Can you can-can too?"
The back of the book says, "Whew, it's a jungle in there." Yep, that about sums it up. The text is really simple...tongue-twisting-ly simple. I admit, my brain hurt after reading the book. I mean, even the book summary takes some effort! Ha! But that's all what makes the book so fun. It would make a good readaloud, just prepare yourself beforehand for all the tongue twists. Younger crowds will think it's just silly, but this might be fun for older crowds, too; grade-schoolers would enjoy the wordplay.
The other huge plus is the fantastic illustrations. The watercolor is bright and SO beautifully done, perfect for the colorful birds of the jungle. And also perfect to showcase tutued toucans can-canning. Yep. There are toucans in tutus doing the can-can. Go and read it.
Good for fans of grammar and words, a readalike for E-mergency! or Brian P. Cleary's Words are Categorical series
Find it at your library or on Amazon