Rhyming has never been so much fun as in Steve Webb’s bold, new picture book, which encourages children to read aloud, following the easy and catchy rhythm of the text.
Tanka Tanka Skunk!
They’ve got the beat, and so do their friends.”
“Meet Tanka and his friend, Skunk. When you say their names together, they sound like drums!”
Steve Webb’s innovative and visually stunning picture book introduces young readers to simple rhythms with this riot of shout-out-loud words and cavorting animals. TANKA TANKA SKUNK! makes reading tons of fun as the text and the illustrations leap and dance across the pages.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-Simply by using the syllables in animal names, Webb creates an enjoyable and musical picture book. Tanka the elephant and his friend Skunk beat out a cadence on their drums, “Skunka Tanka/Skunka Tanka/Tanka/Tanka/Skunk.” This verse serves as a refrain as they meet other creatures and say their names: “And this is caterpillar./His name has four beats./Cat-er-pil-lar”). Although the story is without a plot, its celebration of sound brings to mind the off-Broadway show STOMP, which capitalizes on unconventional ways that music and rhythm resonate in our lives. Brightly colored background squares show off the heavy black outlines of the cartoon animals. Various sizes and shapes of font draw emphasis to the accents and patterns of the words. Storytime audiences will revel in the beat when this book is used as a filler between longer plot-driven stories or as a culminating activity after marching around the room as a band.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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