Each month for a previous job, I wrote a maximum 150 word review of a new book that came into the library during the month. I’ve expanded that idea to the blog in a feature I’m calling To the Point Tuesdays. If you want to play along, just post a link in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.

Can You Make a Scary FaceTitle: Can You Make a Scary Face?
Author/Illustrator: Jan Thomas
ISBN: 9781416985815
Pages: unpaged
Publisher/Date: Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, c2009.

A ladybug (with an unnaturally colored green body) encourages children to play pretend. The pretend bug wiggles on their nose, crawls into their mouth, then gets stuck on their shirt, necessitating that they call in the giant hungry frog. And that’s when things are no longer pretend, and the title question comes into play to scare away the frog before it eats the ladybug. The characters are the only thing the children have to focus on, as there are no backgrounds except for different solid colors. It’s a slight interactive story, but kids who enjoy Tullet’s work will happily respond to the prompts given by the picture book character that literally speaks directly to their imaginations. A parent said after a story time that she took that book home and her kids requested it over and over again, which means it’s a title I’ll have to use again.

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