The Jungle Grapevine

Alex Beard‘s The Jungle Grapevine is an exotic re-envisioning of the old game of telephone, in which misinformation is passed along from one person (or, in this case, one hippo, lion, elephant, what have you) to the next. I do like this book (as does James), but I have to admit that I recommend it with some hesitation as it is trademarked (not copyrighted) and was launched with great hoopla along with a matching line of children’s puzzles & games. I don’t think The Jungle Grapevine is the “new Babar” (The Wall Street Journal), and I believe that any book this heavily marketed is bound to be overrated. But it is a nice little foray, worth at least one read, into an imagined world of African animals who spread wild tales by mistake. Giggle factor: high, though I find it funnier than James. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on July 15, 2010.

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