Saturday, July 25, 2015

Picture book review: Toucan Can! by Juliette MacIver, Sarah Davis (Illustrations) @geckopress

Toucan Can!
by Juliette MacIver, Sarah Davis (Illustrations)
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Gecko Press (first published February 1st 2014)

A mad-cap, wacky picture book frolic with Toucan as he demonstrates all the things he can do! A tongue-twisting, high-energy, ludicrous rhyme full of hilarity and off-the-wall characters. Toucan can do lots of things. Toucan dances, Toucan sings. Toucan bangs a frying pan. Can YOU do what Toucan can?

Toucan Can! is a silly romp of rhyme and tongue twisters. The art is very cool, colorful and there's lots of white space giving the pages an airy feel. The colors are sweetly muted and pop off the page. After awhile the rhymes can become a bit much and things get zany which reminded me of some of the Dr. Seuss books. 

"Can Toucan do what You can do?" As the story progresses, each page becomes filled with more and more characters and their ensuing wackiness. This is very cute but can get very busy. Sometimes the rhyme and word play didn't work that well for me, but the art certainly kept my interest. After all, the book is described as "mad-cap" and Toucan Can! is certainly that.

Rating: 3.5 of 5
Cover comment: Different and fun
Book source: Library

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