Not What It Seems

illus. by Paula Vásquez. 40p. Gibbs Smith. Mar. 2017. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781423646914.
PreS-Gr 1—This simple and silly title introduces a group of animals in clever and unusual ways. It opens, "This is not a rooster," and with the turn of a page, explains, "It is an alarm clock," as the bird throws back his head with a loud "cock-a-doodle-do!" An elephant is revealed to be a shower, a kangaroo subs as a shopping cart, and a deer is a clothes hanger. The illustrations are whimsical, cheerful, and very colorful, and the book lends itself to different interpretations.
VERDICT Pair with Jan Thomas's A Birthday for Cow and Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Pig a Party for a hilarious and interactive birthday or celebration storytime, or Antoinette Portis's Not a Box for an imagination storytime. A suitable purchase for most libraries.

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