Roar like a Dandelion

Written by Ruth Krauss, Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

Author Ruth Krauss and Illustrator Sergio Ruzzier give us a surprising and fun alphabet book! The short, quirky and imaginative verse, along with the simple, yet fun illustrations are not what you would find in the typical ‘A is for Apple’ alphabet book. Roar is an active alphabet book that offers readers a different adventure with each letter of the alphabet, e.g. “Go like a road,” with mice taking an adventure on a snake’s twists and turns, which could go on and on… like a road. Or “Roar like a dandelion,” which starts out all fluffy and puffy then roars into a beautiful yellow dandelion. A fun and entertaining twist for an alphabet book.

The story behind the story is as interesting as the book itself. Krauss, who passed in 1993, left her archives to her attorney (she had no children or close family), who in turn left them to a museum upon retirement, therefore Roar was discovered by the museum while archiving her work. Running, Jumping, ABC was the original title in 1970s when perhaps Krauss had first written the book, and this edition has been edited by the artist to go with his work (per Publishers Weekly).

Reviewed by Dana Valencia, Media Clerk, Oakridge Elementary
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades PreK-3

Roar like a Dandelion
Written by Ruth Krauss, Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
48 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2019
ISBN: 0062680072
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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