Roar Like a Dandelion

Roar Like a Dandelion
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October 01, 2019
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From Ruth Krauss, the celebrated children’s book author of The Carrot Seed and A Hole Is to Dig, comes this never-before-published book of witty one-liners—brought to life by Geisel Honor-winning artist Sergio Ruzzier.

Dance with a leaf.

Jump like a raindrop.

Sit in the sun and shine.

Not since A Hole Is to Dig and Open House for Butterflies have we seen such electric and playful words on a page.

This imaginative story from Ruth Krauss—one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time—and celebrated artist Sergio Ruzzier is a remarkable collaboration that captures the timeless spirit of Krauss’s signature wit and humor. Paired with Ruzzier’s irresistible drawings, this story will delight readers of all ages and inspire them to roar like dandelions.

A perfect gift for the holidays, Valentine’s Day, and graduation!

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unique and humorous alphabet book
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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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