You’re Pulling My Leg: 400 Human-Body Sayings From Head to Toe by Pat Street and Eric Brace. Illustrations by Eric Brace


   You’re Pulling My Leg: 400 Human-Body Sayings From Head to Toe by Pat Street and Eric Brace. Illustrations by Eric Brace. Holiday House, 2017 9780823437726

Format: Paperback

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

What did you like about the book? So many of the idioms, metaphors and sayings in the English language are human-body related. This entertaining book collects the sayings and orders them by body part, with humorous illustrations dramatizing the literal definitions with situational meaning. Each page opening sets the stage for the body part with a kid-approved setting, such as a classroom, a park or the beach. Kids will be attracted to the funny illustrations and their explications of the sayings, and then I can imagine they will enjoy incorporating them in their every day speech. Even though they may make “a list as long as my arm,” the book will “keep their ear to the ground” and “give them a leg up” in learning more ways to say what they want to say. The digital art is colorful and comical, with humans, animals and objects all sporting big round cartoony eyes. “Thumbs up!”

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Kids age 6 to 10 who enjoy narrative non-fiction like Keller’s The Scrambled States of America will have fun with this book.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Non fiction 428.1

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: May 4, 2017

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