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Mr. Prickles by Kara LaReau
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Feb 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens-books
Read in January, 2012

The Story: Mr. Prickles tries way too hard to fit in with the other forest animals. That is, until he meets Miss Pointypants. The cuspated couple grow quite fond of one another, and the exclusionary forest animals no longer matter to them.

The Rhythm: I love the cadence of this story. It is so much fun to read out loud. The word choice and emphasis not only serve as the metronome for the story but also help the young audience to feel the internal condition of the protagonist. The alliterations are clever and propel the plot.

The Artwork: It is obvious that Kara LaReau and Scott Magoon have a symbiotic working relationship and enjoy creating together. Scott’s facial expressions, especially his eyes, convey great meaning and provide amusement value. As the relationship between Mr. Prickles and Miss Pointypants blossoms, so do their signature flowers. There are many delightful artistic details and humorous elements to notice throughout this book, so the audience will be captivated with each reading.

The Layout: We take great pride in laying out our books thoughtfully, so it is especially wonderful to find a book that has a layout that adds to the story. The placement of the copy alone distinguishes the characters and taps the tempo.

The Message: There are several great messages in this story. The first is about self-acceptance. The second is an effective approach to handling exclusionary play. The third, and why the book is especially relevant today, is that life is richer, sweeter, and more fulfilling when you share it with someone you love.

The Conclusion: Please support your local bookseller and buy this book from them, or find it on Amazon (http://amzn.com/159643483X), or borrow a copy from your library, but by all means read it to the little p(r)ickles in your life.
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