From a fish opening a “can of worms” to a tap-dancing octopus putting his “best foot forward,” these familiar idioms are re-imagined by award-winner Wallace Edwards in hilarious and unexpected ways.
To help readers “stay on the ball,” the idioms are used in a sentence that accompanies each illustration, and the meaning of each idiom is explained at the end of the book. Every page is so richly illustrated that it is sometimes a challenge to find the hidden monkeys --- some are more easily spotted than others!
A playful introduction to idioms, a clever eye-spy book and a gallery of stunning animal portraits, this collection is more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
[T]hey will enjoy the richness of both the art and our language. Teachers will find many uses for this - in English class, of course, but also for creative writing and art studies.
[A]n impressive collection of inventive scenes of visual comedy.
Teachers rejoice: a great new tool for teaching idioms has arrived. ... Richly elaborate illustrations are full of details that young readers will enjoy discovering with each subsequent reading. ... While the meanings of most of the idioms can be determined through context clues, this is still sophisticated enough for adults to share with a younger audience.