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I Scream, Ice Cream!: A Book of Wordles



by
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by
Serge Bloch

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Chronicle Books
Imprint
Chronicle
ISBN
9781452100043
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Witty illustrations depict “wordles”: words and phrases that sound the same but mean different things. For example, can you guess two wordles for “I see!”?* Full-color illustrations.

*“Icy!” “Aye, sea!”

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

421/.5

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD300L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2013

Book Genres


Topics

Plays on words. Word games. Humor.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Rosenthal applies a generous dollop of humor and skill with wordplay to a presentation of wordles—not word images designed on an Internet site, but phonetically identical phrases with different meanings, resourcefully introduced by definition and example on the title—and surrounding pages. Gradually increasing in difficulty, each phrase pair presented in a series of black ink cartoon images and collage imposed on block prints challenges readers to guess the corresponding word or phrase before turning the page. “Reindeer” fly through the air—turn quickly and a caring mother sheltered by an umbrella explains, “Rain, dear.” “I see” becomes “icy” or “Aye, sea.” Bloch treats children to motion-filled pages with large-eyed, uncomfortable reindeer, a Snow White and crone stepmother dominated by a large apple, a sneezing dog, a pirate ship amid icebergs, objects flying to escape the page, and a final tribute to the author’s Little Pea (Chronicle, 2005). While a few of these wordles may be a bit of a stretch, the whole is a challenging, playful exercise that encourages thinking out of the box and careful listening.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Horn Book

Rosenthal (Wumbers, rev. 11/12) has a remarkable knack for clever, participatory wordplay, and here she offers a series of wordless, a term she’s coined for phrases that are homophones, as in the book’s title I Scream, Ice Cream! Coming up with meaningful and humorous phrases that also happen to sound the same isn’t exactly easy. Yet Rosenthal manages to do so again and again—with crucial assistance from Bloch’s gleefully silly mixed-media illustrations. Bloch’s art is, in fact, what stages the scene for—and often illuminates—Rosenthal’s wordle vignettes. Take “Princess cape,” for example. With a page turn, readers read “Prince, escape!” and Bloch presents a prince bolting from a cape-wearing—and quite hideous—princess. Now and then, a young reader may be hard-pressed to guess the second (or third) wordle. There’s a police line-up, for example, with the heading “WHO DID IT?” and an innocent-looking little girl with the caption: “Uh, not her.” On the next page, suspects three and four are revealed to be “an otter” (who, unfortunately, isn’t very otter-like in appearance) and “a knotter.” But stumper or two aside, the antics here—in word and art—are laugh-out-loud funny. tanya d. auger

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Rosenthal applies a generous dollop of humor and skill with wordplay to a presentation of wordles—not word images designed on an Internet site, but phonetically identical phrases with different meanings, resourcefully introduced by definition and example on the title—and surrounding pages. Gradually increasing in difficulty, each phrase pair presented in a series of black ink cartoon images and collage imposed on block prints challenges readers to guess the corresponding word or phrase before turning the page. “Reindeer” fly through the air—turn quickly and a caring mother sheltered by an umbrella explains, “Rain, dear.” “I see” becomes “icy” or “Aye, sea.” Bloch treats children to motion-filled pages with large-eyed, uncomfortable reindeer, a Snow White and crone stepmother dominated by a large apple, a sneezing dog, a pirate ship amid icebergs, objects flying to escape the page, and a final tribute to the author’s Little Pea (Chronicle, 2005). While a few of these wordles may be a bit of a stretch, the whole is a challenging, playful exercise that encourages thinking out of the box and careful listening.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Horn Book

Rosenthal (Wumbers, rev. 11/12) has a remarkable knack for clever, participatory wordplay, and here she offers a series of wordless, a term she’s coined for phrases that are homophones, as in the book’s title I Scream, Ice Cream! Coming up with meaningful and humorous phrases that also happen to sound the same isn’t exactly easy. Yet Rosenthal manages to do so again and again—with crucial assistance from Bloch’s gleefully silly mixed-media illustrations. Bloch’s art is, in fact, what stages the scene for—and often illuminates—Rosenthal’s wordle vignettes. Take “Princess cape,” for example. With a page turn, readers read “Prince, escape!” and Bloch presents a prince bolting from a cape-wearing—and quite hideous—princess. Now and then, a young reader may be hard-pressed to guess the second (or third) wordle. There’s a police line-up, for example, with the heading “WHO DID IT?” and an innocent-looking little girl with the caption: “Uh, not her.” On the next page, suspects three and four are revealed to be “an otter” (who, unfortunately, isn’t very otter-like in appearance) and “a knotter.” But stumper or two aside, the antics here—in word and art—are laugh-out-loud funny. tanya d. auger

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