Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Mike Lowery. Dial, 2020. 9780735230804
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Funny cartoons, silly wordplay, and gentle conflict make this a very punny (intended) book. Knot admires Snake, who can slither, hiss, and do many snakey things. Knot cannot, which is the repeating refrain on each page opening. Fun facts about snakes are subtly part of the hand lettered text, which consists of very short sentences with fun vocabulary and a good use of homophones. The cartoon art is really goofy and silly, depicting Knot as a piece of rope with huge eyes. As a bonus, several knots are depicted with their technical names.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Pair this with Bethany Deeney Murguia’s Cockatoo, Too for story time about word play. Early readers who like Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series will also get a kick out of this.
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? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 30, 2020