All Ears, All Eyes – by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson


     All Ears, All Eyes – by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, (9781481415712), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

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

What did you like about the book? In this feast for the eyes and the ears, dusk gradually deepens to night shimmering with stars in a luminous forest reminiscent of something Van Gogh might have painted. Jackson skillfully utilizes rhyme, onomatopoeia, and alliteration in his playful lines, “An owl hoots / in our dim-dimming woods. / Who-who/ Raccoon at sundown, romping / Another, her brother, he’s chomping / What scoots / between roots?” This one is meant for one on one sharing and even then, sharp eyes are required to find the animals concealed in plain sight, swirled inside the colors. Return visits will reveal more each time, and the unusual meters of the rhymes keep repeat readings fresh. Both text and pictures transcend the average picture book fare.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to elementary English teachers as a mentor text for elements of poetry. Highly recommended also for bedtime story collections.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, if you regularly read to little ones.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  4/10/17

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