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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Tongue Twisters are a fun and memorable part of childhood. Who doesn't remember Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers? In Terri Kelley's new book for kids aged K-3rd grade, we get to experience tongue twisters all over again. There were the classics like "toy boat" and "She sells sea shells," but there were a lot of new ones that I had never heard of before. A very fun way to teach kids about rhyming and alliteration, among many other things!
Illustrated by Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakhuja, the pictures are bright, well-rounded, and really direct your attention to the action of the story. Kids are going to be cracking up left and right when they see the hilarious images of tongues squiggled up, and all tied in knots. Surrealism mixed with a bit of realism reigns supreme in these images, showing dogs with three heads, among many other mystical and silly things.
This book differs from the larger body of Kelley's work, because instead of sing-song rhyming couplets, the text is actually fully fledged paragraphs and of course, tongue twisters. I really appreciated this, because at times the other books that have been written for the same age group lack a lot of words at a time when children really need to be building their vocabulary. The tongue twisters themselves were highly intelligent and actually started to build on higher concepts that children will learn, such as to be careful what you wish for. I really loved the writing in this one.