Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

I thought this new picture book deserving of its own post because it is a new favorite, as in we have read it half-a-million times already, here at the House of Hope.  It’s the number one pick of our resident two year old, the DLM.  He loves it so much that all we have to do to distract him from whatever it is he’s not supposed to be doing at the moment is to mention the title Oh, No! to him, and he’s ready to scurry off to his bedroom, climb into any old lap cozily situated in the platform rocker,  plop his fingers into his mouth (index and middle, a family trait), and commence to listening and reciting.  Candace Fleming has hit the toddler and preschool pay dirt with this title.  It’s a simple tale, with plenty of rhyme, onomatopoeia, and repetition, things most little ones love.  Frog, mouse, loris, sun bear, and monkey all fall into a deep, deep hole, all under the watchful eye of a nearby tiger.  Each animal makes its own distinct sound; our favorite is the mouse’s “Pippa-eeek!”   Just as tiger is ready to pounce on the captive animals, they are rescued by a kindly giant of the animal kingdom, and tiger gets his (gentle) comeuppance.  There’s a bit of suspense in the story, but it’s not too scary.  It reminds me a bit of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, a book my girls loved when they were youngerCaldecott-winning artist Eric Rohmann‘s relief prints which accompany this story are beautifully expressive and capture the suspense and emotion of the story perfectly.  In fact, it would be hard for me to say what I love most about this book–the artwork or the lilting text.  The DLM and I both give this a hearty Highly Recommended, and we’re adding it to the list of titles he loves.  I won’t be a bit surprised if this one wins. . .something.  (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)

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