Monday, June 13, 2011

BK846 Raining Cats & Dogs


A Collection of Irresistible Idioms and Illustrations to Tickle the Funny Bones of Young People

This irreverent picture book takes a look at various well-known (and a few lesser-known) figures of speech that children may have noticed and puzzled over. Moses presents one or two idioms per page, along with a short explanation of their meaning, a sentence using it in context, and an illustration depicting a scene of the phrase taken literally.

“Operating on a shoestring” is accompanied by a team of doctors cutting open a worried looking shoelace, and “The last straw” shows the losing straw crossing the finish line of a race.

The pictures are cute, folksy, funny, and likely to stick in the minds of little ones whether or not they really grasp why it is these peculiar phrases exist. To that end, the book might have been better served by including explanations of the idioms’ origins, or even a note on what an idiom is instead of just jumping right in to the frivolity. In any case, this does show that taking an interest in language can be fun.

Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Dimensions: 26 x 21 cm
Condition: New

Status: Sold

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