Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Shake the Tree

Shake the Tree. Chiara Vignocchi. Paolo Chiarinotti. Silvia Borando. 2018. Candlewick Press. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]

 First sentence: Mouse spots a nut. "Mmm," she says. "I'm going to gobble that up!" So she shakes the tree a little to the right...shake...and a little to the left. Shake, shake. Uh-oh.

Premise/plot: Shake the Tree is an interactive picture book originally published in Italy in 2015. The 'bells and whistles' of this one are provided by the imagination of the readers--parent and child. In this one, a mouse sets out to shake a delicious nut out of the tree. That isn't exactly what happens when she starts shaking the tree.

My thoughts: I liked this one. I can't say that I loved it as much as Silvia Borando's The Cat Book or The Dog Book by Lorenzo Clerici--both books in this same "Minibombo" series. But it's worth checking out of the library and sharing with your little ones. They may love it and want it again, again!

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 10

© 2018 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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