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Volume VI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 1999
Yucka-Druck and Zippa-Drippa-Shuck-Shuckmut, And Yucka-Drucka-Droni and Zippa-Drippa-Limpomponi?Tongue twisters allow readers of all ages to play with the magic of sounds, words and nonsense. The authors of Yucka Drucka Droni, who describe themselves as a great grandson of Humpty Dumpty and his wife, a famous ventriloquist, create a book which entices its readers to enter a colourful reading experience. However, the absurdity of the pictures, accompanied by the nonsensically contrived names, gives the book a Monty Pythonesque flavor. The appeal of this style for young readers is questionable. The text needs to be read aloud to experience the intended tongue twister. Despite the large font, young readers will experience some difficulty with words such as "scrawny" and the long, hyphenated names.
The full page illustrations, frequently double page spreads, use a solid, brightly coloured background to display interesting arrangements of cutouts. This collage effect contributes to a colourful reading experience. However, it is the use of both nonsense language together with nonsense pictures, such as a baby with a top hat balancing on the nose of a pig, that might result in limited appeal to a young audience.
Recommended with reservations.
Janice Foster is an Early Years ELA Coordinator in Fort Garry School Division, Winnipeg, MB.
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