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Author: Susan Wigden

Illustrator: Marcy Dunn Ramsey

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Publisher: Tidewater Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: What if you had lollipops for eyes? How would you eat potato chips if you had no lips? With Suppose you can imagine (and see) what life would be like if your body parts were somewhere other than where they were meant to be. This is a story that stretches a child's imagination.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: We have been reading this book nearly non-stop for two days. Our child asked for a second reading right away; s/he brought it to breakfast; and has scanned the pages several times since ... picking this book over television.

Adult Reader Reaction: We were VERY surprised by our child's reaction. It's great to see her excited about a book, we just didn't expect it to be this one. The concept is great, the story is humorous and encourages imagination. It just isn't one we expected to read ALL the time.

Pros: The book asks readers questions and challenges them to think about what life would like if they were put together differently. There is space on the end pages to let the kids be their own artist.

Cons: The story, written as a humorous, inquisitive look at what we see, missed an opportunity to turn "wierd" into something that kids could see as positive.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story is fun, and the fact that it encourages kids to use their imagination is worth your time (and theirs).

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN   RUTHIE BON BAIR; DO NOT GO TO BED WITH WRINGING WET HAIR   WHAT'S WITH THIS ROOM

Educational Themes: This is a story meant to be enjoyed ... and laughed at. There is even space at the end to let kids create their own mixed-up person. With a little bit of tweaking you can use this book to talk about empathy, and emphasize the positive to get kids away from judging differences as 'weird.'

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2007

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