April 19, 2018

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Read the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dyckman | SLJ Review

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redstarDYCKMAN, Ame. Read the Book, Lemmings! illus. by Zachariah OHora. 40p. Little, Brown. Nov. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316343480.

PreS-Gr 2 –Another delightful collaboration by the team behind Wolfie the Bunny and Horrible Bear! This story is set in the Arctic on a whale-shaped boat and it focuses on a trio of lemmings named Jumper, Me Too!, and Ditto!, who do not know that lemmings do not jump off of things because they cannot read. After repeated failed admonishments to get the lemmings to read the book, Everything About Lemmings, Foxy realizes that he has to actually teach the active lemmings to read before he can stop them from jumping off of the boat. OHora’s charming illustrations with their primary color palette perfectly match Dyckman’s playful text to produce a funny read-aloud that will hold up to multiple readings. The layouts are full of fun details and the animals’ facial expressions are priceless. VERDICT Children will enjoy this at storytime and again on their own at home. A first purchase for all libraries.–Sarah Wilsman, Bainbridge Library, Chagrin Falls, OH

This review was published in the School Library Journal September 2017 issue.

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