Synopses & Reviews
From word to word they find their way, Lillian, Tilly, and William J.
They spot some ewes.
They use a box.
They box some fleas.
And flee a steer . . .
First they see, then they do.
The only thing missing? You!
Come join the fun.
Michael Hall's inquisitive cats set out to spend the afternoon snacking and reading, but wind up chasing words, including homophones and homonyms, on a silly tongue twister of an adventure!
"Three cats euphoniously named Lillian, Tilly, and William J. try to keep up with some fast-moving wordplay as Hall (Perfect Square) explores verbal puns. The sturdy text is reinforced by blocky illustrations that picture each scene clearly (a necessity given the potential for confusion) and leavened with plenty of humor. Each line ends with a solid, gratifying thump: 'They flee a steer./ They steer a plane./ They plane a board./ They board a train.' A huge, blue steer sends the cats dashing into a blobby purple plane. 'They plane a board' explains the verb 'to plane' with vivid red curls of wood; two cats do carpentry while the third cat talks to a duck in a cap, who turns out to be the driver of the train they board. Even when things break down ('They use a box to steer a steer? No, no, no!') the puns are never stilted, and Hall's simple forms and bright colors only complement the verses' compelling rhythm. It's a wacky and thought-provoking read-aloud, one that's likely to become a favorite. Ages 2 5. Agent: Anna Olswanger, Liza Dawson Associates. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Eye-poppingly bright and friendly . . . a twisty, imaginative story . . . [with] ‘read it again magic.” New York Times
About the Author
Michael Hall was once a scientist and has always been a Frankenstein fan. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including My Heart Is Like a Zoo
, Perfect Square
, and Its an Orange Aardvark!
He lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Michael Hall was once a scientist and has always been a Frankenstein fan. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Its an Orange Aardvark! He lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.