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Kids Fiction 176
unique and humorous alphabet book
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
A unique alphabet book, ROAR LIKE A DANDELION is filled with instructional that are sure to spark some giggles. Each page features a verb and phrase along with images of animals or bugs acting it out, using each letter of the alphabet along the way. Seussical at times, this pastel colored book is sure to spawn some disbelief as much as it provokes laughs.

Readers are told to "Ignore yourself and get mad" and "Look under the bed for poetry." Funny and cute, the book is simply delightful- just don't always follow instructions (I'm looking at you E, as in "Eat all the locks off the doors"). Great for preschoolers and young elementary schoolers, this is a comical journey through the verbed alphabet.

What I loved: The images are cute with so many animals and bugs, and the verbs used are great examples of words that begin with each letter. The nonsensical actions will delight young readers, who will laugh along with the random phrases and actions. Some are also very affirming, like V for "Vote for yourself," and I loved their inclusion.

What left me wanting more: As a minor point, there are a couple phrases that I wish were different (e.g. eating the locks- not a good example for toddlers/preschoolers, so might be better for older kids). X is "X out all the bad stuff," and shows some monsters with X's on their stomachs as a mouse storms away. I would rather that this referred to objects rather than other animals, but I get that it probably was referring to bad dreams or such.

Final verdict: Overall a charming and funny book, ROAR LIKE A DANDELION explores the alphabet in a whole new way. Recommend for young elementary schoolers who can appreciate the humor and enjoy the cute illustrations to go with it.
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