Oh! My Twisted Tongue!

Children - General
32 Pages
Reviewed on 12/13/2013
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Author Biography

Terri Kelley, M.Ed, is the author of the series of Writing Is a Process books, many other children’s picture books, as well as of the chapter book series, Gingerly. Her passion for writing and reading began when she was a very young girl. She was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas where she grew up in the country with horses and lots of freedom to explore her environment. It was an idyllic childhood that allowed her to use her imagination daily.

Terri is the mother of three. Terri raised her kids in Granbury, TX and Tomball, TX. Both of these communities offered excellent schools and a country atmosphere that Terri enjoys. Terri still has ties to both towns as well as treasured friends in both places.

As an adult, Terri has held a couple of different careers. After twenty successful years in business-to-business sales, Terri decided to change careers and teach. Her first teaching job was with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, TX. After a few years there, she became a teacher, a reading specialist, and a gifted and talented specialist in Tomball, TX. It was while she taught that she became aware of the kinds of books children enjoyed reading. She also noticed areas in need of good children’s books. You will find many of her books respond to these needs.

Terri is very happily married to her best friend, Michael. Together, they live in Oakridge, OR with their black Labrador, Oliver. Terri and Michael enjoy traveling together, fishing, going to the movies, treasure hunting (at garage sales and thrift stores), and, of course, reading great books. They have many good friends with whom they enjoy spending time as well.

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    Book Review

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.