Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Matthew Van Fleet
Novelty board book
For ages 1 to 4
Simon and Schuster, 2013   ISBN: 978-1442460492

Anyone who has been around animals knows that they use their tongues in many ways. They use them to lap at water and food, to wash themselves, and to catch or scoop up their meals. Mother and father animals even use their tongues to calm and caress their children.

   In this delightful novelty book Matthew Van Fleet explores a part of the anatomy that children, for some reason, are attracted to: the tongue. Using pull out tabs, textured surfaces, and wonderfully expressive (often comical) illustrations, Matthew shows his young readers how animals use their tongues and how many different kinds of tongues there are. Young readers will enjoy exploring this sturdy little board book again and again.