Book Review of Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

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Book Review of Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

When I taught first grade, one of the things I would stress to parents was the importance of rhyming.  As a kid I learned all of the nursery rhymes and repeated them often. Rhyming is an important skill for beginning and early readers to master. I love it when rhyming is emphasized in children’s books because it reinforces that skill. So did this book live up to my expectations? Find out in my book review of Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman.


“Someone stole Hammy’s hat…and replaced it with a cat!

And Marlow’s happy smile…became a crocodile!

What rhyme crime is next? Is anyone safe? Good thing YOU are on the case!

From the creator of SPLAT! Comes more playful, irreverent, kid-empowering fun—with a rhyming twist.”

My Book Review:

Rhyming is such an important skill for beginning and early readers, so I love it when children’s books contain rhyming. I love the idea of this book. It has a very clever premise, and it’s funny. I mean, what kid wouldn’t laugh at a hat being replaced by a cat? Or by a smile being replaced by a crocodile? I know my kids and I would spend 15 minutes after reading this book laughing at all the other rhyme thefts we could come up with.

The mistake the thief makes is classic. Oops! I know my kids would enjoy that part too. So this book has a lot of good things going for it. I like the premise, the rhyming, the story, and the humor. Unfortunately though, I do not like the illustrations. They’re weird and kind of creepy. They might scare the children they should be entertaining. I don’t know though, because some of the cartoons that are popular right now also have weird looking characters. So maybe it’s just me.

Overall, I like this book. I wish the illustrations were a little less creepy, but other than that I think it’s a fun book. The rhyming is good and the humor makes it fun. It would make a good addition to any home or school library.

Content Rating GRating: G (Clean!)

Recommendation: Everyone

My Rating: 3/5

3 Star Rating

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Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 


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