Book Review: I Scream, Ice Cream by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Serge Bloch

I Scream, Ice Cream cover imageYou know those groups of words that sound the same but mean something different? Words like “I scream” and “ice cream”? They are called wordles, and you and your child can have lots of fun reading them in a new picture book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Serge Bloch.

I Scream, Ice Cream!: A Book of Wordles asks readers to guess about alternative meanings before turning the page to find out the wordles for “heroes” (he rows), and “I see!” (icy) plus quite a few more. Moms and dads could have fun guessing other possibilities with their kids before looking at the answers. This is the kind of game that young children are usually good at, because they are not as entrenched in language and word meaning as adults are.

Illustrations are funny too, and even after the wordles are figured out from a first reading, looking at the details in the drawings will provide lots of entertainment in subsequent readings. A bonus? The authors provide wordles on the inside cover flap to describe themselves. For Amy, it’s “tie, knee, purse on,” and for Serge it’s “fungi.” These wordles may just inspire everyone to think of their own to reflect something about their own personalities or match common things around the house.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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