Rhyme Crime Review

Synopsis from Penguin Young Readers:

From the creator of Splat! comes more playful, irreverent, kid-empowering fun–with a rhyming twist.

In this buoyant rhyming romp, words have gone mysteriously missing: Who stole Marlow’s happy smile, and replaced it with a crocodile? Who swiped Dingle’s sneeze–aaaaachooo!–and left a stinky cheese? The thief took Tumble’s orange, and switched it with a . . . with a . . . Hey, does anything rhyme with orange? No? Aha! Could this be the rhyming robber’s undoing? Guided by bright, clever artwork, kids are empowered to put the final clues together for themselves to solve this silly rhyme crime, then guess at the name-nabber’s next sneaky move. Splendid, satisfying, inspiring.

About: Rhyme Crime is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman. It was recently published on 4/3/18 by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are children’s book, picture book, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 3-5, grades K and under. According to Penguin’s website, “Dial publishes books for two through teen that aim to entertain, enrich, and encourage our readers. We care deeply about diversity and about artistic excellence. Established in 1961, Dial Books for Young Readers was an early pioneer of titles for the very young, including the first quality board books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience:  I started reading Rhyme Crime for my 6 years old son as a bedtime story on 4/16/18 and we finished it that same night. This book is so much fun to read! My son really like thinking for the rhyming words: head for bread and house for mouse. My son enjoys the ending when he able to solve the puzzle of how the thief escapes jail. I like how this book engages my son into thinking and problem solving while listening to the story. I read Rhyme Crime to review but he will want to read it on his own many times over.

In this book, readers will follow the thief page after page as he commits word crimes. He starts out by stealing Hammy’s new hat and switches for a cat. He steals Annie’s comfortable chair only to switch it for a bear! Yikes! At the end, when he takes Tumble’s orange, he doesn’t know what to switch to and was caught by the police. This book is arranged in a peek-a-boo way. Readers will have a chance to think of the rhyming word before turning it to the next page. Each page has sharp solid colors of yellow, blue, pink, green, etc in the background. The story is written in a fun handwriting font. The characters are all unique and funny looking that children will like to look at.

This book is excellent and well put together. I like the book cover. I like the hand reaching out in each page because it reminds me of those sticky hands from kids’ toys. I like how each character has a name and an adventure of its own. I like the illustrations of each word and it’s rhyming word. I like the ending with the thief escaping jail. This book is definitely fantastic for kids because it promotes how fun rhyming words can be. I still can’t think what the rhyming word for orange is 🙂 The back of this book says, “Wordplay so funny, it’s criminal.” I couldn’t agree more! I highly recommend this book for everyone!

Pro: humor, rhymes, illustration, engaging, problem solving, interactive, individual characters

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Jon Burgerman is an award-winning artist, creating picture books like Splat! and Rhyme Crime, as well as murals, sculptures, toys, apparel, and posters. His art is collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum among others worldwide. Jon celebrates mistakes, experiments, and the unexpected, believing that through playful, creative acts, art can allow people to change their worlds. Born in the UK, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and fellow artist, You Byun. https://jonburgerman.com (Info obtained from Penguin’s Website and book pictures obtained from Edelweiss, author photo obtained from his website).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


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