Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Matthew Van Fleet
Novelty Board Book
For ages 2 to 5
Simon and Schuster, 2013   ISBN: 978-1442494251

We all know that mouths are for eating, but chomping food is not the only thing that mouths can do. In fact, they can do all kinds of things.

   In this clever and often very funny novelty book Matthew Van Fleet shows young readers a wide variety of animal mouths, and we see what those mouths are used for. For example, mouths can convey feelings. Here is a goat with its bearded mouth, and he is scowling. He is not at all pleased that the happy smiling mustached tamarin is pulling on his beard.

   Mouths also create noises such as whistles, hums, and songs. Of course mouths also talk, and some of them don’t know when to stop going “blah, blah, blah.”

   Some mouths are even used as a tool. A beaver uses its mouth (with its enormous teeth) to cut down and chop up trees.

   Though all animal mouths are used to eat food, animals eat in different ways. Bunnies nibble, tigers crunch, and crocodiles go “munch, munch, munch!” To be able to deal with a wide variety of food types, mouths come in all shapes and sizes. A stork has a long narrow mouth, whereas a catfish has a wide one. The mouth of a pelican is able to scoop up a ridiculous number of fish all at once.

   With a funny rhyming text that is full of noise words, amusing illustrations, textured surfaces and novelty features, this book will delight little children.