Janet Landay’s Kangodile has been one of James’ favorite books since he was very small. Very similar to Flip-O-Saurus, Kangodile lets kids mix and match the fronts and backs of animals to make their own creations such as a “shurtle” (shark + turtle) and a “babodile” (baboon + crocodile). Each animal is clothed in a bright red shirt, which helps to link the creations, which are combined by folding together the accordion-style pages. Part of the enjoyment — for James at least — is that the entire book folds out to be a few feet long, with each animal holding (or sometimes biting or butting) another animal’s tail. Giggle factor: high. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: four jelly jars. Higher if “tomato red” happens to be your favorite color. (It’s James’.)


~ by kaychubbuck on January 26, 2011.

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