If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk

96935547Cindy: I collect rocks everywhere I travel (a habit from my grandmother) and I am partial to ones with holes in them, but this collection in If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet (Tricycle Press 2011) really ROCKS. Instead of collecting seashells on her Florida beaches, McGuirk slowly built an alphabet collection of rocks A-Z. Only one, the X was found elsewhere. The endpapers feature the rocks in alpha order and it is impressive to see them all together (“K” anyone?”)  but the real fun begins inside. Each letter is paired with another rock or grouping of rocks to illustrate an object for that letter. “Lemon,” “Couch Potato,” and “Nose” are relatively easy finds…but I especially love the page of “Ghosts,” the “Ouch” face, and the challenge for any alphabet book, “X,” illustrated here with the acronym “XOXO” and a rock that resembles two people hugging. Awesome fun and a great project to keep you busy on your next walk. If you find a great example, email me a photo with your alphabet page and we’ll post it here. (bookendsbookblog@gmail.com)

Lynn: The focus group is addicted to collecting rocks already and we never come home from an expedition without cool rocks in our pockets but this book may take us to a whole new level!  The book amazed the boys and they’ve read it over and over.  It really is totally unique.  I’m hard pressed to choose a favorite although “n for nose” may be the one.  The patience, creativity and humor of the author really stands out.  This is a must for school and public libraries and will delight fans of alphabet books and young rock collectors everywhere!

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About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. Thanks so much for your kind words about my rock book! I would love to see rocks that others have collected too!
    Thanks for spreading the word about IF ROCKS COULD SING!

    Happy hunting,

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