Review: Bunion Burt

Posted on December 15, 2009

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Bunion Burt
By Marsha Hayles
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
Margaret K. McElderry Books
November 2009
32 pages

Bunion Burt has sore feet. Everyone from Cousin Kurt to Sister Vert and even sweet sow Pert offer wacky ways to soothe his pain. But it’s up to Pappy Spurt to save the day.

The characters’ exaggerated heads and feet in the brilliant watercolor illustrations accentuate the whimsical nature of this story. My favorite illustrations are those in which the artist adds another layer which is usually humorous. Jack Davis rewards watchful eyes with the antics of a comical cat who alone keeps readers turning the pages.

Bunion Burt is a limerick story full of charm and silliness. Marsha Hayles masterfully captures the enchantment that happens when story meets verse. Children are never too young to appreciate the magic of language and they will fall in love with these wonderful words.

Copyright (c) 2009 by Peggy Tibbetts

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