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Boom! Bellow! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two or More Voices
illus. by Aaron DeWitt. 32p. Boyds Mills. Mar. 2019. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781620915202.
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Gr K-3-Poems for two voices and a chorus thrum, rattle, peep, and trill in this baker's dozen celebration of the noises of animals. From booming forest elephants to singing Humpback whales to the pistol-shot BANG of a bigclaw snapping shrimp and the shrilling of spring peepers, this melange of resounding sound is graced by colorful, semi-realistic digital illustrations. Back matter introduces paragraphs of information about the featured creatures and may lead curious minds to more detailed investigations. While not as focused or as elegant as Paul Fleischman's Newbery-winning Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, this is a welcome addition to the oft-neglected 811.54s.
VERDICT This title should inspire some classroom teachers to showcase joyous presentations in school auditoriums and on parent back-to-school nights. Sprightly, informative, and FUN!-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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