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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
I Ate A Cicada Today by writer/illustrator Jeff Crossan is a book of nonsense rhymes for children to enjoy, in the style of Lewis Carroll or Roald Dahl. It features a variety of different animals and actions, and each one is accompanied by a rhyming verse and an extra, amusing commentary beneath each verse from the perspective of the narrator. The key line of each verse is repeated in full-page illustrations that reveal the animal and action after the verse is read, making for a fun surprise at each turn of the page.
Jeff Crossan produces outstandingly beautiful illustrations that are sure to delight both children and adults alike. I found they drew the eye and were entertaining and inventive. I was looking forward to seeing each one as the rhymes continued to unfold. Not being an American, I found some of the grammar and rhyme was a little out of sync for me and hard to understand, but children brought up with American English will have no problem finding the rhythm in the pages. I Ate A Cicada Today would be a valuable resource in a classroom to teach children about rhyme and poetry in a fun, accessible way, as well as being a delightful book for families to read (or sing) together at home. The digital version that I reviewed also had a handy link system at the start of the book, enabling children to interact with the text and find their favourite parts instantly. Overall, this was a delightful and highly recommended read.