Sunday, December 8, 2019

Review - You Loves Ewe!

You Loves Ewe!
by Cece Bell
Date: 2019
Publisher: Clarion Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

A side-splittingly funny picture book about a silly donkey, a cranky yam, and an irresistible ewe, packed with hilarious homonyms and the distinctive humor of Newbery Honoree Cece Bell. For fans of P is for Pterodactyl.

Hilarity meets homonyms in this high-comedy companion to I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell. A persnickety spud, Yam, introduces the grammar-challenged Donkey to a new friend, Ewe, a lady sheep. The confusion between “ewe” and “you” results in a fabulously funny series of who’s-on-first misunderstandings, even though Yam explains the concept of homonyms to Donkey clearly enough for the youngest of readers to understand. Heightening the humor is an over-the-top love triangle, because everyone is in love with You. Err, Ewe. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

You Loves Ewe! is a silly little book full of obliviousness and wordplay. It's a pretty amusing way to teach a grammatical concept.

Donkey, who is grammar-challenged, instantly misunderstands when confronted with a yam and a ewe. He then spends the rest of the book thoroughly confused as the yam tries to explain the concept of homonyms (or, as Donkey calls them, "hummanums"). The homonyms are actually quite clear to the reader; it's just our asinine hero who can't quite grasp the concept.

The illustrations by Cece Bell are amusing enough. The expressions on the characters' faces are pretty funny at times.

Overall, this is a pretty strong little story that actually teaches readers about a grammatical concept. I wouldn't mind having a look at I Yam a Donkey, too.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.67 out of 5

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