Published by HarperCollins
Summary: This action-filled ABC uses verbs in unusual settings: “Act like a sprinkler in summer/Butt like a billy goat/Crow like a rooster, make the sun come up.” Each has an animal illustration to accompany it, as the text goes all the way through to “X out all the bad stuff/Yell, ‘Good morning, big fat world!’/Zip, zip, zip, zip, zip”. 48 pages; ages 3-6.
Pros: Sergio Ruzzier’s cute animal illustrations enliven this text written by the late Ruth Krauss, the beloved author of A Hole Is To Dig and The Carrot Seed among others. Kids will get a kick out of the falling elephants for “Fall like rain” (who appear a few pages later in “Jump like raindrops”), the mice walking along a winding snake for “Go like a road”, and other whimsical illustrations.
Cons: As I’ve said before, sometimes there’s a reason those manuscripts discovered posthumously didn’t get published (looking at you, Dr. Seuss’s executors). This book is cute, but I was kind of underwhelmed, and surprised that it got four starred reviews.
2 thoughts on “Roar Like a Dandelion by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier”
I find both the words and the illustrations wonderful, working beautifully together, and making this a perfect picture book. Maybe it takes a few readings to appreciate the words, or maybe it’s just like with poetry: either you feel it or you don’t!
Thanks for the positive input It’s clear from reading the reviews that many others have really loved this book as well.