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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
What Can You Do With Goo? An Earthling's Book of Gooeyness is an adventure picture book for children, grades K-3, written and illustrated by Douglas Tocco. Wibble, Dibble, and Splattt are explorers from outer space, and they’re eager to discover all the different kinds of goo that can be found on planet Earth. Readers will encounter, along with our alien friends, a gooey delight on each page of this book. A gooey treat most kids are familiar with is maple syrup, which tastes delicious but is admittedly very sticky and not too much fun to have on your hands. Sand can be hard, granular and gritty, but add enough water, and, once again, you’ve discovered goo that you can hold and form or just let dribble through your fingers. The gears on your bicycle are likewise covered in an oily substance -- yes, you guessed it, another type of goo. So many different types of goo to be discovered and analyzed by Wibble, Dibble, and Splattt. Can you find some more besides those listed in this book? For a start, check out the recipe the author provides at the end of the book for making your own goo, and you can even make it in different colors.
Douglas Tocco’s What Can You Do With Goo? celebrates the gooeyness discovered just about everywhere one looks. I loved the science fiction theme of the book and enjoyed seeing and experiencing the gooey marvels of this planet along with those intrepid explorers, Wibble, Dibble and Splattt. And while one definitely wants to avoid anything to do with the very steamy form of goo, known to earthlings as lava, all the other forms of goo found in this book are well worth checking out. Tocco provides a note at the beginning of the book encouraging parents to get their kids out and exploring goo in all its gooey splendor, and to help kids learn to appreciate the sensation of goo and other “sensory wonders.” His book goes a long way to helping parents and young readers do just that while enjoying the quirky, colorful and fun illustrations to be found throughout the book. What Can You Do With Goo? An Earthling's Book of Gooeyness is most highly recommended.