Say What?

Angela Diterlizzi, Author, Joey Chou, Illustrator
Angela DiTerlizzi, illus. by Joey Chou. S&S/Beach Lane, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4169-8694-2
Reviewed on: 05/02/2011
Release date: 07/01/2011
"They say what they say/ in their own silly way,/ when they say what they say/ with their sounds every day." Chou's stylish artwork adds punch to DiTerlizzi's (the Adventure of Meno series) meditation on the real meaning of animal sounds. Chou's wide-eyed creatures live just like humans, using cellphones and raiding the fridge. "When a lion says roar,/ does he really mean more?" wonders DiTerlizzi, as a harassed-looking lion father brings another box of bath toys to his son (he's the one doing the roaring). "When a horse says neigh,/ does she really mean hay?" she asks, for which Chou supplies a spread of two horses dressed in cowboy outfits, making hay angels in the stubble on a sunny field. Deep blues and yellows make the pages glow, and almost every spread highlights a loving parent-child dynamic. DiTerlizzi's jazzy verse translations of animal sounds work well, though she backs away a bit at the end—"What animals say, we really don't know." Chou, on the other hand, gives his imagination free rein. Ages 2–5. (July)
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