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Burgerman, Jon: Rhyme Crime

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Burgerman, Jon: Rhyme Crime

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Burgerman, Jon

Rhyme Crime

Oxford, 2017, pp32, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 0 19 274950 5

'Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime.

Everything he stole was replaced with a rhyme. '

So begins this inventive picture book for young children. On each right hand page, we see a bright image of some strange, happy creature. We know they are about to be robbed, not just because of the words, but because we see the shadow of the criminal's long arm reaching out. On the next page we find out what has changed. 'Hammy's brand new hat was swapped for a ...', then on the next page 'cat'. Hammy, who was smiling and relaxed on the previous page now has an uncomfortable and cross cat on their head (we know the gender of the criminal but not any of the other characters) and a startled expression.

When Blue's yummy cake is taken, Blue is trussed up tight in the coils of a hissing snake. …

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