Friday, July 19, 2013

Review: Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Circles can be fat or thin / There can be lot--or one / And round things can be big or small / And learning can be fun.
This innovative new picture book encourages children, through poetry and photographs, to explore the idea of what is round--from the spots on a ladybug's back to a ring on a finger or a wheel on a bike. Using words such as "dot," "spot," "loop," "hoop," and "ring," it shows that round things aren't all alike, but can be anything!
A perfect companion to Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe, the simple text and vibrant design of Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots encourage children to look for and identify similarly shaped objects in their own environments.

MY TAKE:
It's tricky to come up with rhyming children's books that have the perfect accompanying pictures or designs.

In Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots, kids are introduced to different things that are circular, via rhymes and their corresponding pictures.

With some rhyming children's books, the rhymes feel a little forced or amateurish. With this book, though, I didn't feel that at all. The rhymes work and the examples are creative. I also liked that though pictures are used, instead of illustrations, they look professionally edited instead of just slapped on, like some children's books tend to do.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd. for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. The pictures are well-edited and appropriate.
  2. The layout is nice.
  3. The rhymes work.

THE BAD:

  1. The font and use of pictures may not work for everyone.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
A cylinder's
both round and flat-
the bottom of
a baker's hat!


READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is just learning about shapes.
  2. Your child likes rhymes.
  3. Your child learns better with pictures.

RATING:
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