Academic journal article Language Arts

Cat Says Meow: And Other An.I.Mal.O.Poe.Ia

Academic journal article Language Arts

Cat Says Meow: And Other An.I.Mal.O.Poe.Ia

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Cat Says Meow: And Other An.i.mal.o.poe.ia Written and illustrated by Michael Arndt Chronicle, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4521-1234-3

This attractive and colorful picturebook plays with animals, typography, and sounds. The first page reads, "Dog says woof." The word "woof," in attractive type, is inside the dog's face. The letter W looks like the dog's ear and the letter O is an eye. The dog's nose is another O and the letter F, lying on its side, becomes the canine's mouth. Author and illustrator Michael Arndt has created animalopoeia-illustrations of animals that look the same as they sound. An assortment of 25 animals, including insects, birds, farm animals, and pets, show interesting details. One intriguing two-page spread says, "Chicks say cheep cheep cheep. …

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