Go and Get with Rex

 
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Go and Get with Rex
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
May 07, 2024
ISBN
978-1536222067
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The Geisel Award–winning creators of See the Cat channel their comic sensibility into a rousing alphabetical exercise in thinking outside the box.

Jack, Jill, and Rex are excited to play a game of Go and Get! The rules are simple: on the count of three, each player must go and get something that begins with a certain letter. While Jack’s and Jill’s picks always fit the bill (What starts with F? Frog! Fish!), Rex keeps getting it wrong (a duck?)—or does he? David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka share a laugh-out-loud primer on subverting expectations that will have readers clamoring to play Go and Get themselves—and competing to see who can come up with the most creative answers.

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Phenomenal Alphabet Review Book
(Updated: June 08, 2024)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
David LaRochelle is making a name as one of my favorite authors of preschool and early literacy books and the latest book, GO AND GET WITH REX is perfect. I remember during virtual learning my kids played “go and get” a lot during PE and as a brain break for reviewing concepts. This book is set up the same way, the announcer picks a random letter and then the participants run around and get things to share that show mastery of the concept. However, with the whole imaginary world at your fingertips and not just random items in your house, there is so much room for humorous results like finding a skunk for the letter S and a Moose for the letter M. Then there is Dog, who goes beyond outlandish items and thinks outside of the box like bringing a variation of ducks to every answer, but having the duck do something that does show understanding after all for a humorous twist sure to delight readers.
I like that the chosen letter is highlighted throughout the page as a boost for phonemic awareness to young readers. I love that there are so many anchor words used to help a child build their personal word bank with the correct initial letter. The fact that the illustrations are so rounded and colorful and the humor between the words is enhanced by the pictures makes this a phenomenal choice for an alphabet review book.
This book should be used as a review of the alphabet and for early literacy and not as an alphabet concept book since not every letter is featured and it is out of order. I can see this book inspiring the teacher or grown-up reading it to play their own game of “go and get” to further the fun and review benefits highlighted in this approachable book.
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Fun Twist on an Alphabet Book
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4.3
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Rex and two children decide to play a game of "go and get". A letter is suggested, and the three have to go and get something with that letter. For "F", Jack, brings something that ribbits (a frog), Jill brings a fish, and Rex brings back something that quacks. Does a duck begin with "F"? No, but a friend does. The next task is an "S", so while Jack brings back a snake and Jill brings back a skunk, Rex brings back TWO ducks. Of course, they are sisters, so they do start with "S". Rex has similar solutions to "M", but when he gets to "D", he doesn't know what to retrieve. In the end, he brings back himself, and also... a duck!

Good Points
This is a different sort of alphabet book, but the humorous twist will have young readers thinking about all of the different words that might pertain to different objects. This encourages nonlinear thinking, and I'm always a fan of that!

When a letter is showcased, it is used in several different places, and highlighted in the text. As the book progresses, the letters appear more and more, so there is a two page spread at the end of different words that begin with "D". Since only a handful of letters are used, there could certainly be more innovative books about Rex playing "go and get".

Wohnoutka's illustrations remind me a bit of Capucilli's Biscuit books, with soft, realistic drawings rendered in gouache. I love the yellows and medium greens, and Rex and his duck friends are very cute. There's plenty of white space on the page, which makes it easy to point out the words.

I hesitate a bit to include Go and Get With Rex in a list of alphabet picture books, because only a few letters are represented, and it is more of a story about perception and misunderstanding. It feels almost a bit like Amelia Bedelia, but that's not quite it either! This is a great book about learning, with a humorous twist, and is very different from other books I've read. No small feat!
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