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Print Reviews of "Can You Make a Scary Face?"

Publishers Weekly:

Publishers Weekly: "As long as story time does not have to be synonymous with quiet time, Thomas's (Rhyming Dust Bunnies) latest goof makes a great pick (the first page of this book enjoins readers, "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP!"). In fact, the book's cheerleading narration, bold cartoons and fluorescent backdrops actually deliver an even more kinetic reading experience than the title implies. ...It's only when a giant hungry frog comes along that... well, by that juncture, plot has fully taken a backseat to getting jiggy." Full review (8/3/09)


Chicago Tribune:

"Read this one with plenty of open space around you... Even the ladybug giving commands is taken aback when the imaginary frog, offstage, delivers a giant "Ribbit." Not subtlety but goofy fun is the goal here..."

The Daily Star, NY:

"Children will be up and down and all around in "Can You Make a Scary Face?" by Jan Thomas. ...They'll be asking for this one over and over and over. No more wiggles after you read this." Full review (9/17/09)


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Awards Nominee

Cybil Award Nominee


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