It’s a Sign! by Jarrett Pumphrey and illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey


            It’s a Sign! by Jarrett Pumphrey and illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey, Hyperion Books for Children, 2022. 9781368075848

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

Format: Hardcover Beginning Reader

What did you like about the book? One, a small rusty-colored fox, is making a sign for a new club when along comes Two, a bit bigger burnt orange-colored fox.  “Ohh.  It’s a sign! What will it say?”  But the little fox can only make paper hats, cannot write. Two can write, hurray!  They know all their letters so they create an “a” for the sign.  Kat comes along, a bit bigger yellow fox.  They write Kat on the sign. (By the way One presents each new member with a paper hat.)  Kat can write words that rhyme with Kat like “mat” and “bat” and “sat” and “rat” and even “hat!”. And then Four, a yet larger, lavender-colored fox, arrives.  The speech bubbles of each fox are presented in the same color as the character making it even easier for young ones to follow along – And there is another fun difference on each fox that corresponds with their name!

This silly, fun beginning reader will enchant kids with its progression, simplicity and likable collection of foxy characters.  Pumphrey created the uncomplicated illustrations using hand-cut foam shapes that were colored digitally.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is “An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book”, a series with a wide appeal to Mo Willems fans for their simplicity and humor.  Just the Elephant & Piggie endorsement will cause this title to be instantly popular.

Who should buy this book? Public and lower elementary school libraries; child-care centers

Where would you shelve it? Beginning Readers

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  June 30, 2022

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