Wordplay by Ivan Brunetti


          Wordplay (Toon, level one) by Ivan Brunetti, Toon, 2017. 9781943145171

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Graphic novels

What did you like about the book? After learning about compound words in school, a little girl starts to picture the words literally. For instance, for housework, she sees in her mind’s eye a house vacuuming the house. She continues the game with her dad, imaging many words and their literal embodiments. Brunetti’s signature India ink and digitally colored cartoons have a simple, geometric feel which is well suited to a graphic format. This easy reader is a humorous complement to lessons on compound words. I also like that the characters reflect the diversity in the school classroom.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is a welcome and entertaining addition to the usual dry readers on compound words

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels or Easy readers

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: April 8, 2017

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