Review of "Sayings and Phrases" in School Library Journal

The following review was published by School Library Journal on 11/1/2009:

Titles Reviewed
Break a Leg! (And Other Odd Things We Say) by Cynthia Klingel (2010)
Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth! (And Other Weird Sayings) by Cynthia Klingel (2010)
I’m Tickled Pink! (And Other Peculiar Sayings) by Cynthia Klingel (2010)
It’s as Clear as a Bell! (And Other Curious Things We Say) by Cynthia Klingel (2010)

These books define between 26 and 32 commonly used idioms and provide examples of the phrases in context. The meaning of each idiom is given, but not its history or origin. The layouts are clear, the illustrations are colorful, and the writing is crisp. Zany imagery suggested by phrases like "walking on eggshells" and "a frog in my throat" are depicted in large, cartoon drawings reminiscent of Shoebox greeting cards. Each saying appears in large colored font with its meaning printed below it in a smaller, matching colored type. Children will relate to the situations provided in the examples. Tables of contents list the idioms alphabetically; no index is provided. This lighthearted and witty approach to the English language will appeal to general readers.

Pages: 24
Trim Size: 9.5 × 8
Binding: Reinforced library
Graphics: Full-color illustrations
Reading Level: Grade 3
Interest Level: Grades 2–6

List Price: $24.21
School and Library Price: $16.95

Publisher’s Note
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