Reviews for Can You Make a Scary Face?

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
The ladybug narrator in this interactive story speaks directly to the audience ("Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. WIGGLE IT OFF!"), leading children through a series of directions that encourage participation right from the start. In the digital illustrations, the thickly outlined ladybug and frog characters seem to hop right off the bright pages. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 July #2
In a series of speech balloons, a buck-toothed ladybug takes readers through a guided visualization of sorts. "Okay. Are you ready? Let's pretend! / Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. Wiggle it off!" Thomas's digital graphics feature eye-popping colors and heavy black outlines; despite the simplicity of her shapes, she squeezes prodigiously clear expressions out of her character. Even as her ladybug laughs at the imagined tickling of the bug, audiences will join in, and they'll recognize what happened with the next page turn, even before hearing, "Whoops! The tiny tickly bug flew into your mouth?" Rest easy, faint of heart, readers and ladybug quickly succeed in blowing the bug out--though its next stop is "in your shirt?" The ladybug's dialogue is rendered in a clean, friendly typeface, occasional key words bolded and in bright colors, a device that keeps readers connected to the written word even through all the foolery. In a whopper of a twist, reality and imagination blend so subtly that children will find themselves looking around the room to ascertain for themselves just what's happened. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 August #1

As long as story time does not have to be synonymous with quiet time, Thomas's (Rhyming Dust Bunnies) latest goof makes a great pick (the first page of this book enjoins readers, "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP!"). In fact, the book's cheerleading narration, bold cartoons and fluorescent backdrops actually deliver an even more kinetic reading experience than the title implies. Before readers are requested to make a scary face, they're asked by the improbable instigator, a chubby and enthusiastic ladybug, to rid themselves of an imaginary tiny bug by wiggling, blowing and doing the chicken dance ("Whoops! The tiny tickly bug flew into your mouth? Blow it out! Come on, blow harder!"). It's only when a giant hungry frog comes along that... well, by that juncture, plot has fully taken a backseat to getting jiggy. Ages 3-5. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 August

PreS-K--This book will have youngsters jumping, wiggling, dancing, pretending, and laughing--all in reaction to a bossy, toothy ladybug with chartreuse skin. "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP! No, I changed my mind…SIT DOWN! No….STAND UP!...Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. WIGGLE IT OFF!" Each spread has a dialogue balloon with large text and fonts that vary in color and size. Backgrounds change with every turn of the page, revealing glowing shades of blue, orange, and fuchsia. The expressive ladybug is outlined in broad black lines and seems only inches away from readers. Adults will enjoy using this title to encourage lively activity and imaginative games. Children will love everything about it--especially the surprise ending.--Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

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