Toucans, Too by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

  Toucans, Too by Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Little Bee, 2017. 9781499804218

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? On the heels of her picture book Cockatoo, Too comes another riff from Murguia on the possibilities of word play around animal names, “namely” (no pun intended!): toucan, cockatoo and gnu. Homophones and rhymes abound, and the misunderstandings among the animal characters involved (toucans, too/toucan stew) are giggle-worthy. Illustrations in bright tropical colors are fresh and appealing. The ending may point to another book involving cuckoos too/cuckoo stew.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I had a hard time interpreting some of the homophone sentences, so I don’t think I could use this one in a read aloud at story time.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Kids in grades 1-3 may enjoy decoding the homophonic plays on words.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

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: August 13, 2017

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