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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,174 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Here is a book that will keep you guessing again and again and...
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2009 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-enjoy-again
I gave it five stars the first time I read it, last year (?). And a reread, even though I know the principle/ gimmick, still warrants the 5 stars. The thing is, it's not just funny, but it can rewire your brain if you let it. In a good way. Makes you rethink the value of rhymes, of picture-books with predictive structure, etc.

My 62 yo husband was annoyed. He felt tricked. Not amused.

My 21 yo son is taking a video of it right now to send to his friend. He says it's weird and interesting. He says
He steals carrots from the neighbor's yard.
His hair is soft, his teeth are hard.
His floppy ears are long and funny.
Can you guess who? That's right! My

[turn the page:]

Grandpa Ned.

This book will KILL at a kindergarten storytime. But first, let me address something. There are a batch of reviews on Amazon written by parents of two-year-olds, and in those reviews, those parents are a bit up in arms about the way that this book misled their children. "It seems somewhat odd that we parents spend so muc
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Entertaining, Interactive Picture-Books
Recommended to Abigail by: Chandra
This humorous rhyming picture book from Mac Barnett and Adam Rex - the author/illustrator team who collaborated on the surreally amusing Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem - will keep young children guessing - continually setting up expectations, only to pull the rug out from under the reader's feet. "He steals carrots from the neighbors' yard." (it begins) "His hair is soft, his teeth are hard. / His floppy ears are long and funny. / Can you guess who? That's right! My..." With such ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
At age 6 I would have loved this book, especially on rereading. As it was, I got a couple chuckles out of it, and I read it only once. I would have liked it better (now and then) if it had more pages. As is, it felt rather slight to me. Kids who know the book will have fun sharing it with others not yet in the know. To tell the truth, given the author-illustrator duo, I was expecting a bit more, but it was funny and clever, and certainly different.
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kindergarten through second graders
Recommended to Linden by: Powell's bookstore's online review for National Poetry Month
Mac Barnett's Guess Again! has the improbable pattern of establishing what the reader imagines as a standard rhyming book and breaks expectations in the best possible way. The book was such a hit that I read it to students before it was even processed.

As a testament of its value to the audience, I'd like to give an example from last Wednesday. A second grader, after hearing it, put a note in the book to ensure being in line to borrow it. He visited the library at each recess, looking for it to
Readers are asked to guess what/who is about to appear on the next page, under the flap, etc. after being given some clues. But you'll never guess - unless you're familiar with Grandpa Ned, the habits of flocks of abominable snow monsters, cheese-loving Vikings, and more. Rhyming text leads you to the obvious answer, which is quickly ruled out when the real culprits' identities are revealed. Crafty and funny. If I were a kid and someone were reading this to me, I would giggle and scream with del ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super funny read aloud! My kids enjoyed it!
Nephtali Gomez
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: winry-read
I read this for my story-time and I don't know who got a bigger kick out of this story the kids or myself? Haha! ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
Our girls thought this book was hilarious. They loved the tantalizing rhyming narrative that leads you to the wrong answer each time. The narrative is humorous, but the illustrations by Adam Rex steal the show. They loved the crazy silhouettes.

If we had any complaint about this book, it would be that it is too short! We really enjoyed reading this book together - it's one that our girls wanted to read over and over again as soon as we finished it.

I couldn't find this book through our regular li
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tested today in storytime with the 2nd graders and it was perfection.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had a couple of 2nd-grade classes visit the library today, and I read this book. Holy cow—they LOVED it! I definitely need to remember to read this to classes next year!
Ruth Ann
Perfect for a classroom read aloud!
Fun and funny, this book...almost...rhymes. It will keep kids guessing.
And there's a dentist in here somewhere.
Kari Yergin
Dec 03, 2020 added it
Shelves: childrens
Love the humor – – very Mac Barnett! A rhyming book great for preschoolers who can understand the quirkier humor.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Since I read this book to 32 classes, 650 kids, I think it should count in my total reads for the year.

Though it only has 32 pages.

And even though every page has only twenty words on it.

But it is a deep book. So it should count. No, it’s not really deep.

But clever. Yes, I think we can agree that it is quite clever.

Over the heads of most of my youngest library visitors. But, hey, they got some of it. Enough that it is now on the top 10 Most Checked Out Books list. And that’s what really make
Tricia Douglas
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the same author as Extra Yarn, Mac Barnett has written another winner. Riddles written in poetic form, the reader must try to guess the answer. But what answers they are! "He steals carrots from the neighbor's yard. His hair is soft, his teeth are hard. His floppy ears are long and funny. Can you guess who?" Barnett's sense of humor is funny enough to keep me laughing throughout the whole book. The answers are never what you'd expect. Be sure to find this book. You'll love it! No, I'm not g ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Almeta by: Cheryl
Shelves: shortcut
Cute illustrations and really short Shaggy Dog Stories. It reminds me of a young child re-telling a joke before they understand the necessary nuances and exact wording required to deliver a good punch line. The gag falls flat but the adults are still amused.
Liz Todd
This book would really mess with a group of Kindergarteners that are learning to rhyme! Very funny, especially the ending.. just when I thought I was getting smart.. BAM. Enjoyed this book and had to read it a few more times just to absorb the brilliance. It is silly and a lot of fun.

Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
My 4 and 7 year old both thought this was hilarious. Silly fun for all ages.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This will be a fun read aloud.
Meg McGregor
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am looking at this book from two viewpoints.

As an adult, I can appreciate the humor involved. I did not laugh out loud at all; but I appreciate the fact that others might enjoy being misled.

That being said, from a child's point of view, I do not thinkn most children would find having their guesses being incorrect, humorous at all.

I have been a nanny for ten years and a reading teacher for 30. Children have an ingrain desire to be proven right! They search for the right answer and want the ad
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was really interesting before even reading it because of its front cover. I hadn't really realized it until I turned the page that there was a hole. By the 2nd page my reaction was literally "wth" the I saw who it was. I like that this book has a very basic format and that the page where the reading is, is just plain white. I feel like this gave the story a lot to its pictures and that's something I appreciate. I completely loved the book, as the pages go on the book changes and gets e ...more
Ailsa Graham
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Guess Again!" by Mac Barnett is a humours picture book that forces readers to think outside the box. The illustration is full-bleed with bo borders, inviting readers into the illustration. The text rhymes leading readers to believe a certain word comes after another but leads to an abrupt change of words. The story is very humorous for all ages as young readers will be able to laugh at Grandpa Ned, but as readers get used to the odd outcome of events, the author once again makes readers questio ...more
Erika J
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s a full-bleed book and it is 100% creative. I liked how not only the illustrations led to the illusion of what the figure might be, but also the written text. For example, when the author was giving all of the descriptions of a mouse and even wrote the word “house” at the end to lead us into that direction of thinking, I would’ve never thought that it would have been a viking, that’s mind blowing.
Jo Oehrlein
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Riddles that rhyme until the answer. The rhyme always leads you to the wrong answer. Nice use of flaps, cutouts, etc.

These are all silly and things that you would never ever guess unless you've already read the book. I think this is the kind of thing that either tickles your funny bone or doesn't.
This book is nothing like what you think it will be- and that's the whole point. Guess Again is a book that has you guessing with great written poetry clues and picture you'll feel certain that you know what is on the next page, until you flip it and find that you aren't even close. This book is totally silly, crazy, bonkers- doesn't make sense! ...more
Miss Erica
This book is nothing like what you think it will be- and that's the whole point. Guess Again is a book that has you guessing with great written poetry clues and picture you'll feel certain that you know what is on the next page, until you flip it and find that you aren't even close. This book is totally silly, crazy, bonkers- doesn't make sense! ...more
Amy Moreno
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My adult friends and I have never laughed so hard at a children's book. It is chock full of riddles for you to guess (wrong). It is worth it for the massive laughs to read through the fun riddles, guess what you think it will be, and be proven wrong every single time. READ THIS BOOK. Your kids probably won't care, but it is probably the most fun you will have reading a children's book all week. ...more
Caitlin Anderson
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This guessing book is great for children. I think that the break of rhymes is funny and the way the images were distorted to keep you guessing was great. I think that the images in the "W" added another design element that made this book special. The drawings were simple and colorful which is normal for a childrens book. ...more
Amanda Brooke
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is everything by Mac Barnett funny? Because this book is hysterical. Mari from theTimberland Regional library read this book to my students and they loved it. After a visit from grandpa Al, I read it to my son, and we had a good laugh.
Juliana Lee
These funny rhymes aren't what you might expect. For example, would you count on fluffy white abominable snow monsters when you can't go to sleep? Yeah, me neither. But the unexpected non-rhymes keep you on your toes. And just when you think you've figured out the right answer, you're wrong again! ...more
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