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Riddle road : puzzles in poems and pictures
Spires, Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
New York : M.K. McElderry Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
26 pages ; 22 cm
A collection of twenty-six original riddles with clues given in the illustrations.
Reading Level:
230 Lexile.
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Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 2 Quiz: 20733.
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Following in the footsteps of their first collaboration, With One White Wing, poet Elizabeth Spires and acclaimed artist Erik Blegvad have seemlessly blended words and pictures to produce beguiling and mystifying riddles that range in subject from pin cushions to hot dogs to ladybugs and pillows Full color.

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Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. In this sequel to With One White Wing: Puzzles in Poems and Pictures (1995), Spires and Blegvad present 26 riddles using verbal and visual clues. Solutions range from common household objects (piano, pillow, hot dog) to less obvious items (stars and bookworms). Spires' simple, mostly rhyming text provides many clever hints, ensuring youngsters' success. For example, "I live in a glass house. / I only fear ice. / I should be worth a lot / but I'm not" (a goldfish). Blegvad's charming watercolor illustrations provide plenty of suggestions for answers while leaving room for guesswork. A refreshing change from the usual juvenile groaners and knock-knocks, these riddles are reminiscent of those of Mother Goose but easier to solve. --Kay Weisman

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this winsome companion to With One White Wing, Spires and Blegvad again combine their considerable talents for 26 verbal and visual puzzles. In simple, gracefully delineated verse, some of it rhyming, some not, Spires crafts a collection of imaginative riddles whose answers lie well within the grasp of youngsters just beginning to read. Augmenting the wordplay, Blegvad tucks clever clues into his exquisite watercolors, many of which are so meticulously executed that they resemble etchings. A woman's red umbrella with black spots, for instance, telegraphs the answer to "Stop telling me/ my house is on fire,/ my children gone!/ Is that any way/ to treat a lady?/ I'll fly away! I will!" The brainteasers here will intrigue and stimulate young minds, and answers appear upside down at the bottom of each page. Ages 6-10. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Students will enjoy lingering over both the words and the pictures in this attractive book. What kind of dog hangs out at ballparks and barbecues? What lives in a glass house and should be worth a lot of money but is not? The answers can be found in this entertaining collection of 26 riddles about alarm clocks, goldfish, eating utensils, shoes, and other commonplace things. The poems have just enough depth to require a little thought to figure out. Blegvad's watercolor illustrations provide clever clues but do not necessarily give away the answer. A riddle about a " in the sea" is accompanied by a handsome picture of horses and children frolicking at the beach. Closer inspection reveals the solution in a sea horse outlined in the clouds. As in Myra Cohn Livingston's My Head Is Red (Holiday, 1990; o.p.), the answer to each riddle is listed upside down on the bottom of the page. This sequel to the well-received With One White Wing (McElderry, 1995) will be a fine complement to any poetry shelf.-Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.