Eek! A Noisy Journey from A to Z – by Julie Larios, illustrated by Julie Paschkis

    Eek! A Noisy Journey from A to Z – by Julie Larios, illustrated by Julie Paschkis, Peachtree, 9781682631690, 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Alphabet book

What did you like about the book? The India ink and gouache illustrations provide a vibrant and engaging backdrop for this introductory book featuring onomatopoeia for younger readers. Many of the entries are particularly charming because they feature words that aren’t typically offered up to illustrate the concept. Achoo, sis-boom-bah, and ta-da!  are but a few of the more interesting sounds presented for exploration.

Anything you didn’t like about it? While the book is beautifully illustrated and presents a figure of speech in an accessible way, it misses the opportunity to explain it to children. A simple endpaper would have sufficed to do the job and invite children to think of their own variants.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a fun read-aloud for younger children, and a great mentor text for teachers introducing the concept.

Who should buy this book? Elementary or public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books or language collection

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 9/20/2020

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