Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

Rhyme CrimeRhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman; illustrated by Jon Burgerman. 2018. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: Hammy’s hat is stolen and switched for a cat. A mystery shadow hand is seen throughout the book taking and switching it with rhyming items from the many characters in this silly and clever book of rhymes. Who is this mysterious thief? Will the police catch the perpetrator? Where did it all go wrong?

Comments: I can’t wait to share this with primary students when we go back to school. Students will need to think of a rhyming word that could match what was just stolen by the mystery hand. Turn the page to see if they are correct and then get ready for the next character on the right side of the page that gets something stolen.

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Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen

Thunder Underground

Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Josee Masse. 2017. Mixed media. Published by WordSong.

Brief summary: This collection of short poems about various things are all about what can be found underground or live in the ground. A boy and girl move through the book exploring the poetry’s topic. Some of these things are man-made or are in Nature. Examples are animal homes, magma, caves, ancient cities, fossils, and many more interesting subjects.  Past and present are discussed.

Comments: Full paged illustrations with rhyming words. Notes are in the back on the topic of each poem. Students will want to learn more about the poem’s topic. I can see this being paired with nonfiction books or even research on the internet. I think this book will expose students to things under the ground they may not be aware of in everyday life. I consider this a  book of wonder that could develop curiosity in students to seek more information.

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