Guess Again! by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
If you have ever been asked to read a story aloud to a class of second and third graders, you know how hard it can be to find the perfect book. It has to take less than five minutes to read but not insult these elementary children by being too juvenile for them. Well, have I got the perfect book for you!
The book starts in a traditional format with a rhyming poem that for these older children obviously is talking about a bunny. You may even get a few eye rolls from the crowd. How young does this person think we are?! Turn the page though, and watch the crowd go wild as the entire format of rhyming clues is turned on its head. Expect a delicious moment of stunned silence and then lots and lots of laughter. Filled with entirely silly moments, children will still enjoy trying to outguess the joke. And in the end, they will have one final surprise as a running gag turns on its heel.
This is a book you must pick up and take a look at. It is delightfully silly, monumentally funny to the target audience, and a complete hoot. Make sure you are in the mood for laughing, or even better find a kid around 8 years old and laugh together. As I look at it, it is also a great choice for reluctant readers because there are plenty of pictures, lots of whitespace, and humor!
This is not a picture book for small children who will not understand the joke. Save it for the jaded age of 7 and 8 year olds to get the best reaction. Hey, I just may have to volunteer to read to my son’s class this year just to be able to share this book.
Appropriate for ages 5-8, older the better.
Reviewed from copy received from publisher.
Also reviewed by A Year of Reading.