Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review #1449 Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

Review #1449
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Rating: four stars (out of four)

Loved, loved, loved the illustrations. They were gorgeous! The message of the book was pretty sneaky and sweet too. I was caught up in the drama of the poor animals as one by one they fell into the hole - I wondered how things were going to work out. I especially loved the rhythm and cadence of the text - it had this lyrical quality and made the story come alive. Coupled with the amazing illustrations, it was a winner of a book. I could see this as Caldecott material. I also loved how they used different animals than what you normally see. They weren't common animals, but animals actually found in the region of the story. That was a realistic touch. The ending was great. I worried the animals would relent, but I was laughing at the last words of the book. Perfect! I liked how that short phrase "Oh, No!" was ascribed different meanings as the course of the story played through. The back flap hinted at what happened to the tiger (in case any readers were worried). Definitely a book to recommend!

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