The Resource Can you make a scary face?, by Jan Thomas

Can you make a scary face?, by Jan Thomas

Label
Can you make a scary face?
Title
Can you make a scary face?
Statement of responsibility
by Jan Thomas
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of "let's pretend."
Review
  • PreS-K— This book will have youngsters jumping, wiggling, dancing, pretending, and laughing—all in reaction to a bossy, toothy ladybug with chartreuse skin. "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP! No, I changed my mind…SIT DOWN! No….STAND UP!...Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. WIGGLE IT OFF!" Each spread has a dialogue balloon with large text and fonts that vary in color and size. Backgrounds change with every turn of the page, revealing glowing shades of blue, orange, and fuchsia. The expressive ladybug is outlined in broad black lines and seems only inches away from readers. Adults will enjoy using this title to encourage lively activity and imaginative games. Children will love everything about it—especially the surprise ending.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY --Susan Weitz (Reviewed August 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 8, p85)
  • As long as story time does not have to be synonymous with quiet time, Thomas's (Rhyming Dust Bunnies ) latest goof makes a great pick (the first page of this book enjoins readers, “Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP!”). In fact, the book's cheerleading narration, bold cartoons and fluorescent backdrops actually deliver an even more kinetic reading experience than the title implies. Before readers are requested to make a scary face, they're asked by the improbable instigator, a chubby and enthusiastic ladybug, to rid themselves of an imaginary tiny bug by wiggling, blowing and doing the chicken dance (“Whoops! The tiny tickly bug flew into your mouth? Blow it out! Come on, blow harder!”). It's only when a giant hungry frog comes along that... well, by that juncture, plot has fully taken a backseat to getting jiggy. Ages 3–5. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed August 3, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 31, p44)
  • In a series of speech balloons, a buck-toothed ladybug takes readers through a guided visualization of sorts. "Okay. Are you ready? Let's pretend! / Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. Wiggle it off!" Thomas's digital graphics feature eye-popping colors and heavy black outlines; despite the simplicity of her shapes, she squeezes prodigiously clear expressions out of her character. Even as her ladybug laughs at the imagined tickling of the bug, audiences will join in, and they'll recognize what happened with the next page turn, even before hearing, "Whoops! The tiny tickly bug flew into your mouth?" Rest easy, faint of heart, readers and ladybug quickly succeed in blowing the bug out—though its next stop is "in your shirt?" The ladybug's dialogue is rendered in a clean, friendly typeface, occasional key words bolded and in bright colors, a device that keeps readers connected to the written word even through all the foolery. In a whopper of a twist, reality and imagination blend so subtly that children will find themselves looking around the room to ascertain for themselves just what's happened. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
327354
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thomas, Jan
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 3-5
  • Preschool
LC call number
PZ7.T36694
LC item number
Can 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Imagination
  • Ladybugs
  • Frogs
  • Imagination
  • Ladybugs
  • Frogs
  • Frogs
  • Imagination
  • Ladybugs
Target audience
preschool
Label
Can you make a scary face?, by Jan Thomas
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn258770280
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781416985815
Lccn
2008038288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781416985815
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)258770280
Label
Can you make a scary face?, by Jan Thomas
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn258770280
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781416985815
Lccn
2008038288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781416985815
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)258770280

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