Splat! – Jon Burgerman

   Splat! – Jon Burgerman, Dial Books for Young Readers, (9780735228764), 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Readers participate in the book by turning the pages.  On the first double page spread, the left-hand page shows a green tree-like shape on a pink background, while the opposite bright yellow page features googly eyes and a smile. The text asks “What happens when you turn the page?” The answer is that the eyes and smile are now on the green shape making it into a little character.  The next right-hand page holds a cream pie and readers will now know exactly what will happen when they turn the page.  The pie is “Splat!” on the character.  Each turn of the page causes more things to “Splat” onto the goggly eyed creature – confetti, sunglasses complete with nose and lips, a peanut butter sandwich, ladybugs and yellow chicks.  Water balloons splat off some of the mess, while a fan whooshes the rest away.  The little green tree-like character is now very happy, “No more splats, right?”  Oh no, the chicks have returned with a pile of ice-cream cones, so “Splat!”  The brightly-colored pages match the slapstick humor.  Readers will love splatting everything together.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who love becoming part of the story will love this one.  Pair it with Mo Willems Pigeon series and There’s a Monster At the End of This Book by Jon Stone.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/24/17             

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