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Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012

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Oh, No!
Oh, No! Picture Book Cover Art
Random House
Title: Oh, No!
Author: Candace Fleming
Illustrator: Eric Rohmann
Recommended for: Ages 2 to 5

Story: The simple story, with lots of repetition and fun sounds like "Ribbit-oops!" and "Pippa-eeek!" and the large, bright, active illustrations by Eric Rohmann make this picture book particularly suited to being read aloud to a group of children. They'll enjoy repeating the sounds and "Oh, no!" and will have fun identifying all of the animals and finding out what happens to the tiger.

Rohmann excels at illustrating emotions and movement. The expressions on the animals' faces are fun to watch as they reveal their feelings as one by one they fall into the deep, deep hole and watch the hungry tiger looking down on them. You can almost see and feel the animals twist and turn as they fall. Rohmann also makes good use of light background colors and open spaces to provide a dramatic contrast to the deep dark hole.
Book Trailer: While there is a book trailer for Oh, No!, it is extremely brief.

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books, Random House
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780375842719
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