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Oh, No! by Candace Fleming
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Oct 08, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens, picture-book, preschool, read-aloud
Read in October, 2012

3 starred reviews -- PW, SLJ, Kirkus

One of my own personal criteria of a Caldecott-worthy picture book is how the illustrator makes use of the endpapers, jacket, and cover (front and back). This work by Fleming/Rohmann fulfills that basic criteria quite nicely -- characters and setting are introduced. And the whole package is so well done. Love the unique animals, the glimpses of tiger throughout, the unique perspectives. And the text that begs to be read aloud to a group of children or just a couple on your lap. Over and over again. Did I say Caldecott-worthy? Yep, this one is right up there!

"...There’s a completeness to this book that stands out. The artwork begins telling the story on the front endpapers and works seamlessly with the text. The story takes the repeated refrain and flips it for the conclusion, adding an unexpected and satisfying twist.
The illustrations are done in relief print, using rich earth tones. The artwork plays with perspective in large two page spreads, then focuses on movement by breaking onto panels..."--100 Scope Notes

"...Jacket art populated by several animals that appear in the story establishes the Asian jungle setting: A toothsome tiger lurks, while a loris, mouse and frog cower on front and back boards. The palette is rich with shades of brown, green, orange and bluish-gray, and the cover’s scene carries over on to endpapers that show Tiger stalking Frog. The chase continues across frontmatter pages until the first spread..."--Kirkus

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