Saturday, September 19, 2015

Review: I Can Roar! by Frank Asch

In this clever board book, each page encourages readers to mimic the sounds and actions of a different animal. With a die-cut hole in the center of each illustration, readers can turn the artwork into performance art. Children, parents, teachers and librarians will love peeking through the holes to snap like a turtle, oink like a pig and stick out their tongues like a snake. Kids will roar for more!
I've been looking for a fun activity book for my toddler, and this one looked promising.

In I Can Roar!, kids and their parents, teachers, etc. can pretend to be different animals by placing their faces against the holes on each page and imitating the animal, just like in the descriptions provided.

My son usually doesn't care for the e-ARCs I get, even if they're specific to his age group, since he prefers physical books. However, he had fun with this book. He likes animals, and he loves imitating them, so even though he couldn't exactly fit his face in the hole since it was an e-ARC, he was totally okay with making the appropriate animal noises when I pointed to the different pictures.

While I loved the concept of the book, I personally would have preferred a different illustration style or coloring that used more shading and/or light and shadows. If you don't have certain styles that you're partial to, though, there shouldn't be any problem for you.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the e-copy.


  1. It's a fun book for kids to read with their caregivers (parents, teachers, etc.).
  2. There are plenty of animals to choose from.
  3. It's a good concept.


  1. The illustration style may not appeal to everyone.


  1. You are looking for a fun book to read with your child.
  2. Your child loves animals.
  3. You are looking for a fun educational book.




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