HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Pickle Things
Author and Illustrator: Marc Tolon Brown
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., republished in 2000
ISBN-13: 978-0819310279 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0819310271 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0439173568 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0439173566 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brown, Marc Tolon. Pickle Things (published in 1980 by Parents Magazine Press). “Pickle up, Pickle down–juggled by a Pickle Clown. Pickle things you never see–like pickles on a Christmas Tree.” This funny story by author and illustrator Marc Brown, the creator of numerous books for children, including the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series which was developed into the children’s PBS television series, Arthur, and a second book series, featuring D.W., Arthur’s little sister, describes, in rhymed text and illustrations which are clear and colorful and capture wonderful expressions, all the many things that a pickle isn’t. Children may love hearing it read to them so much that they will “read” it to adults. They will laugh and talk about how silly the Pickle Things are. Since researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills, this is the kind of book that is perfect to help achieve parent-child bonding from reading.