Cover image for Rhyme crime / John Burgerman.
Rhyme crime / John Burgerman.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 28 cm
"A thief wreaks havoc by switching things out for rhyming counterparts, until he's stumped by an unrhymable word"--Publisher description.


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BUR Book Easy Collection
BUR Book Easy Collection

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From the creator of Splat! comes more playful, irreverent, kid-empowering fun--with a rhyming twist.

In this buoyant rhyming romp, words have gone mysteriously missing: Who stole Marlow's happy smile, and replaced it with a crocodile? Who swiped Dingle's sneeze--aaaaachooo!--and left a stinky cheese? The thief took Tumble's orange, and switched it with a . . . with a . . . Hey, does anything rhyme with orange? No? Aha! Could this be the rhyming robber's undoing? Guided by bright, clever artwork, kids are empowered to put the final clues together for themselves to solve this silly rhyme crime, then guess at the name-nabber's next sneaky move. Splendid, satisfying, inspiring.

"Rhyming wordplay. . . [and] even more hysterical laughter." -- Kirkus

"The creator of Splat! offers more page-turn-based tomfoolery" -- Booklist

Author Notes

Jon Burgerman is an award-winning artist, creating murals, sculptures, toys, apparel, posters, and picture books Splat! and Rhyme Crime , all with his playful, bright aesthetic. His art is collected worldwide by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and others, and his commercial collaborators include Nike, Puma, Samsung, Pepsi, Coke, Levis, AOL, MTV, and Rip Curl. Jon was born in the UK and currently lives in Brooklyn. He encourages mistakes, experiments, and the unexpected, believing that through playful, creative acts, art can allow people to change their worlds.

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Horn Book Review

Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime. / Everything he stole was replaced with a rhyme." Readers will find pleasure in guessing the rhymes ("Hammy's brand-new hat / was swapped for a...")--easy enough until the thief steals someone's orange and replaces it with "ummm...splorange?" The billboard-bright cartoonish illustrations of goggle-eyed blob-creatures are droll but have a hastily executed look. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.