Let's Go Tangelo

Children - Animals
44 Pages
Reviewed on 04/17/2020
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Let's Go Tangelo by Paul Brush, Tangelo the cat just wants to relax and watch the birds before having another nap but his owner has other ideas. First, there are the household chores to complete, how to cook something delicious to eat, clean, and plant trees. Once the chores are completed, Tangelo gets to have some fun. He learns how to play ping pong, fly a kite, and then visits the fair. He even gets to meet a clown and makes plenty of new friends. By the end of the day, Tangelo has learned how nice it is to share and help others. Tangelo even receives a bravery award and realizes that he can do so much more with his day than watch birds and sleep.

Let's Go Tangelo by Paul Brush is such a well-written story and made me laugh out loud throughout. I loved cheeky little Tangelo, his facial expressions were so comical. The message is subtle but very powerful and will definitely motivate children to step out of their comfort zones and become more thoughtful. I also think it will show children how much fun you can have with the simple things in life, such as gardening, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors. The illustrations by Danielle May are so colorful and bring out the character's personality and emotions perfectly. There is also a lot of detail in the pictures to help with conversations with the child reader about sharing, believing in yourself and caring for others. A must-have book for any parent trying to get their child to complete their chores and building confidence to try new activities.

Jack Magnus

Let's Go Tangelo is an animal picture book for children written by Paul Brush and illustrated by Danielle May. Tangelo’s human companion has come up with exciting new things for his cat to do. Why should dogs have all the fun of learning words, going on walks and generally being more helpful? Maybe Tangelo could do more than just lazing around and watching the birds fly by through his window, right? There are so many things he could do around the house -- cooking and cleaning for a start. And there’s also an endless list of things to do in the garden. Tangelo was not all that impressed by the domestic side of his new life, but then there was the kite flying, trombone playing, and the county fair. Maybe all these new adventures were worthwhile after all?

Paul Brush’s Let's Go Tangelo takes a humorous look at a hapless cat whose human companion has decided to change his cat’s lifestyle rather drastically. And while Tangelo does like some of the things he learns to do, what he really enjoys most of all is his quiet time on his pillow watching the birds. Brush’s story gives kids a lot to think about that goes far beyond whether a cat can really be taught to cook or operate a lawnmower. There’s something to be said for expanding your skill sets or embracing new adventures, but everything needs to be within some limits. The story also brims with ideas for kids to try for themselves when they’re bored and have nothing to do. Danielle May’s illustrations are a grand accompaniment to Brush’s comical tale. Young readers will have lots to giggle over as they read about Tangelo’s atypical adventures and see him actually engaged in doing them. Let's Go Tangelo is most highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

Let’s Go Tangelo is a work of fiction for children written as a picture and adventure book and was penned by author Paul Brush with illustrations by artist Danielle May. The book centers around its titular character, an incredible and lovely cat by the name of Tangelo. During the adventures of the story, children and their reading buddies will discover that Tangelo is not just a lazy cat, but is a multi-talented character who can do amazing things when his human owner encourages him. Some chores at home turn into a trip to the county fair, which in turn makes Tangelo the hero of the day.

Author Paul Brush has created a delightful tale that is sure to engage pet-loving children in its wonderful and imaginative rhyme scheme and storytelling arc. The events of the tale get bigger and better with every double-page spread, bringing Tangelo more and more to the fore with his many talents. The illustrations by artist Danielle May are beautifully drawn in full color, but with a soft palette and a penciled style that keeps the ambiance of the book nice and gentle for a bedtime read. The text style is also a pleasing bold choice that will be sure to help independent readers who are looking for first-time books that they can understand and engage with easily. Overall, Let’s Go Tangelo provides an excellent reading experience and a lot of entertainment value for its intended audience and bridges an important educational gap for kids at a crucial stage of independent reading.

Jamie Michele

Let's Go Tangelo by Paul Brush, with illustrations by Danielle May, is the story of a young boy who teaches his cat Tangelo to do human tasks. The story begins with a comparison between the nature of dogs and cats, initiating Tangelo's learning of words instead of just watching birds, by the boy. From there, Tangelo is tasked to do multiple household tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, doing yard work, painting, and playing a musical instrument. When the chores are done, Tangelo and the boy go to the County Fair together, and Tangelo becomes a famous local hero as he carries out good deeds independently, such as assisting a townsperson to cross a busy street and help foil a crime.

Let's Go Tangelo by Paul Brush is a cute tale told in a rhythmic, lyrical narrative. The stanzas are occasionally a bit bumpy, but overall the book reads easily enough for younger children to follow. The illustrations are a blend of sketches that have been colored in a way that makes them appear as watercolor and Danielle May, the book's illustrator, provides a kid-friendly series of depictions to complement the text of the story. Overall, I enjoyed this story, as did my daughter. She had some concerned questions about Tangelo's family being forced into a zoo, but I felt it presented a great segue into a greater conversation about the relationship between people and animals...and any book that gets a child to think beyond their own comfortable surroundings is doing its job to help educate.

Amy Raines

Let's Go Tangelo is written by Paul Brush and illustrated by Danielle May. Most cats lie around or chase mice but Tangelo is being taught to do extraordinary things. Instead of playing with a big ball of yarn, Tangelo is learning to clean up after himself and work in the yard. The dog gets to sleep and chase his tail while Tangelo learns to do chores that will keep the house in tip-top shape. When the day is over and Tangelo finally rests, what will he have accomplished? Will he be rewarded for all of his help and hard work? What other things can Tangelo be taught to do?

Let's Go Tangelo by Paul Brush is an easy to read children’s story full of fun and play that will catch the imagination of any young reader. The illustrations by Danielle May tell the story smoothly in pictures that are bright, colorful and entertaining. I love the way Brush describes the interesting things that Tangelo can do that most cats cannot. From cleaning a room, mowing the lawn and checking the mail to crime-fighting and going to a fair, Tangelo does it all! I recommend Let’s Go Tangelo to anyone with children of a reading age that enjoy the adventurous side of a cat. This story will help kids understand the concept of how important it is to always do your best. I look forward to many more stories with Brush and May working together to share more adventures with Tangelo.