The Itchy Book! by Mo Willems & LeUyen Pham | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This book combines two of children’s favorite fixations—“Elephant & Piggie” and dinosaurs—into a funny story that plays around with a relatable problem.

redstarWILLEMS, Mo & LeUyen Pham. The Itchy Book! illus. by Mo Willems & LeUyen Pham. 64p. (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!). Disney-Hyperion. May 2018. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781368005647.

PreS-Gr 2 –This book combines two of children’s favorite fixations—“Elephant & Piggie” and dinosaurs—into a funny story that plays around with a relatable problem. Similar to other books in the series, the beloved duo introduce the story. They begin with their usual humor by describing this book as one that will “make you feel things all over.” Pham begins the main story with Dino Mo reading a sign stating, “Dinosaurs do not scratch.” The other dinosaurs, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus, and T-Rex have an itch, but no matter how they try to convince Dino Mo that it is okay to scratch he is not budging from his stance that “Dinosaurs do not scratch.” He is absolutely resolute. Not even an itchy wool sweater can persuade Mo it is okay to scratch. Children will enjoy the brightly colored dinosaurs and appreciate the word-bubble writing style. VERDICT Fans of “Elephant & Piggie” will love the humor and satire in this engaging easy reader. Those itching for winning selections for newly independent readers will be especially grateful.–Jewelee Painter, Springfield Elementary School, Rilleyville, VA

This review was published in the School Library Journal June 2018 issue.

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