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  • ISBN: 0544391012 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9780544391017 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Boston ; Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]

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Summary, etc.: Presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names, including hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 February #1
    The English language is a curious creature, and Newbery medalist Park's (A Single Shard, 2001) delightful concept book highlights particular linguistic oddities. Yaks are not known for being particularly verbose, so why yak means to talk remains a mystery. Similarly, bats do not bat at balls, nor do slugs slug one another in a fight, though Reinhardt's comical illustrations would have us believe they could if they wanted to. But some animal-verb homograph pairs are quite reasonably matched. Bugs do indeed bug (people), hogs have a reputation of being greedy, and crows can sound like they are boasting. Every page depicts the animal enacting the verb and includes an inset box providing the definition. Details in the ink-and-watercolor illustrations, like a fish hooking a book of compliments on its fishing line, supplement the humor and bring attention to the joys of wordplay. The end matter contains even more information about the etymology of the words, linking them to possible origins. Young readers will love this hilarious, informative book. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard and the bestseller A Long Walk to Water, as well as several beloved picture book texts. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. Visit her website at 

The acclaimed illustrator Jennifer Black Reinhardt lives in Iowa City. Visit her website at 

Subject: English language Homonyms Fiction
Animals Fiction
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Words
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
Search Results Showing Item 7 of 45 Preferred library: Lake Agassiz Regional Library?

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