Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review - Ready, Set, Skip!

Ready, Set, Skip!
by Jane O'Connor
illustrated by Ann James
Date: 2007
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: Open Library

I can’t skip. I wish I could.

Other kids are really good.

This little girl can leap, creep, twirl, skate, burp, slurp, and do all the other things kids love to do—except skip! But with the help of a clever suggestion from her mom, she soon finds herself skipping all the way to school. Ann James’s droll illustrations perfectly complement New York Times bestselling author Jane O’Connor’s irresistible rhymes.

Ready, Set, Skip! is an upbeat, lively read-aloud about learning that what you think you can’t do may only be a hop, skip, and a jump away!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

What a cute little book! I'm familiar with Jane O'Connor because of her Fancy Nancy books. I'd never heard of Ready, Set, Skip!, but I'm glad I picked it up when I saw it because it's absolutely adorable.

The little girl can do all sorts of things: leap, creep, twirl, skate... But can she skip? No. Or so she thinks. Luckily, she's got a patient mom to show her just how to do it, and by breaking it down into easy steps, mom's got her skipping in no time!

The rhyming text is really sweet, and I kind of love the illustrations. The girl is so childlike, and though the illustrations aren't photorealistic, they perfectly capture the movement and personality of the child.

It's a simple story, but I can see this being a favourite read-aloud title. It has just the right balance of fun text and cute pictures.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing & Editing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall Rating: 4.29 out of 5 ladybugs

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