I Hear a Pickle: (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!)

illus. by Rachel Isadora. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Jan. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399160493.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 1—Isadora provides a sensory tour of early childhood, exploring common sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. Each "chapter" consists of a number of simple declarative sentences matched with colorful ink and watercolor vignettes to capture what the children are experiencing or have learned not to try. For example, three vignettes on one page accompany the statements "I touch the sand. I make a castle. I touch the rain. I don't touch the cactus." Similarly, "I taste the pretzel. Salty! I taste the hot dog. Yum! I wait to taste the oatmeal. It is still hot!" The artist's trademark style is perfectly suited to depict the child-focused activities of these diverse, expressive, and engaging tots. As the title suggests, she uses a pickle to tie it all together for a sour, spicy, slippery, crunchy, green treat.
VERDICT Preschoolers and their caregivers will devour this oversize title and come back for more.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing