Sign Says Stop! by Alastair Heim,  illustrated by Yavae Sanae

Sign Says Stop! Ready-to-Read Level Pre-Level 1 by Alastair Heim,  illustrated by Yavae Sanae. Simon Spotlight, 2021. 9781534493834

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

Format: Hardcover early reader

What did you like about the book?  Our little frog is the kind of guy who likes to be on the go all the time and feels antsy waiting for the walk sign. As he dawdles impatiently, his rhyming brain cycles through all the things he can’t do as he’s killing time: skip, hop, not even move a single toe. But when the light turns green, he’s overcome thinking of everything he can do when he reaches the other side: swim, visit Dad, or eat something sweet. Of course, in his daydream trance, he misses the chance to cross and has to wait all over again. The singsong rhythm offers supports for young readers working on their decoding skills and the digital artwork will also provide some visual clues.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? Some of the illustrations looked a bit blurry, as though the enlargement from the original images was done in haste. 

To whom would you recommend this book?  Beginning readers ready to move beyond phonetic reading and start tangling with some sight words will appreciate the humor of the story and the impatience of the young narrator.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary libraries

Where would you shelve it? With other early readers

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

Reviewer: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA

Date of review: October 10, 2021

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