Friday, November 6, 2015

Fowl Play by Travis Nichols- OPTIONAL

Nichols, Travis. Fowl Play, PICTURE BOOK. Chronicle Books, 2015. $14.99. Content: G. An animal detective team gets a call about a broken window and they all meet up to solve the case. The animal friends look for clues and solve the mystery, while using various idioms all the while. What a great effort this book is, but it just falls flat. It’s in a fun, graphic novel style layout, which is really appealing for the storyline of the book. The pictures are well done too. The catch is the attempt at all the idioms. It lays them on all at once, really thick, without much substance in between. There is an author’s note about what idioms are at the end of the book (which might have worked better at the beginning of the book instead). If you are really looking for a book on idioms, this would be good, but beyond that, it wasn’t my favorite pick. EL- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Shay, School Librarian

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