Kids' imaginations run wild in this concept book for the young reader. You'll see a snake with three tongues, a cat with five eyes, a pig with seven snouts, a cow with nine legs, and much more. Using a count-up /count-down structure wth patterned sentences, the young reader will enjoy this romp through the world of imaginary pets. A great read aloud and easily followed up with an art and/or writing project of your own.
Opening pages wordlessly introduce a boy deeply involved in his sidewalk chalk drawings. A friend happens by and offers the following, "Hey, I got a fish with one fin. Can you top that?" Each succeeding spread presents another child repeating the previous dare while adding a similar challenge....The fun ends when the sidewalk artist offers, "Why that ain't nothing. I got an elephant!" which he promises to produce as soon as the other children make good on their brags. Disappointed with his unimaginary dare, his friends scatter and the story ends with the winking child proudly taking a toy elephant out of his backpack. As explained on the copyright page, the innovative deep-color illustrations were produced in a complicated process involving pencil drawings, black india ink, and gouache. The end result is a woodcut effect. School Library Journal
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