I Yam a Donkey
Written by Cece Bell
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Cece Bell, best known for her highly praised graphic novel El Deafo, here turns her attention to the dangers of grammar – or rather the confusion, sometimes deadly, that can occur if its rules are ignored. Here a yam tries unsuccessfully to correct a donkey when it proclaims ‘I yam a donkey’. As their back and forth exchange gets sillier, a groups of fellow vegetables arrive and the yam uses them to demonstrated the forms of the verb to be, ending ‘we are vegetables’ – at which point, the donkey eats them. Children might not follow all the grammatical arguments, but they’ll love the donkey’s cheerful incomprehension, and very much enjoy the book’s moral ‘If you is going to be eaten, good grammar don’t matter.’ ~ Andrea Reece
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I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell
I YAM a donkey! said Donkey. I AM a donkey! replied Yam. You is a donkey too? A Yam who hates sloppy pronunciation and poor grammar triest his hardest to correct an ungrammatical donkey. An escalating series of misunderstandings leaves the yam furious and the clueless donkey bewildered by the yam's growing (and amusing) frustration. The yam finally gets his point across, but regrettably, he's made the situation a little bit too clear...and the story ends with a dark and outrageously funny twist.
The wordplay is kid-pleasingly silly with a tiny whiff of sophistication...children will never hear eat your vegetables the same way again. Horn Book Magazine, starred review
In a linguistic landscape where literally can mean figuratively and flammable and inflammable are interchangeable, Bell's story celebrates the idea that language changes, and pedants who can't adapt will be left in the dust (or in a donkey's belly). Publishers Weekly, starred review
This irreverent, animated outing fairly begs to be read aloud, and children will demand repeat readings. Booklist
A hilarious battle of wits between cleverly anthropomorphized cartoon figures...Grab a teaching partner or fellow librarian for a crowd-pleasing dual read. Bulletin
About the Author
Interest Age: To 5
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Andersen Press Ltd
4th August 2016
Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press
Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.
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