by Adam Rex
Chronicle Books, 2017
It's hard not to like Adam Rex. His take on anything is usually genius, and so it is with fruit. Nothing Rhymes with Orange is funny metafiction that contains an orange who lamentingly inserts himself and his plight into the cheery rhymes,
"Happens every time ...[Narrative]
"The date is on a date and things are going pretty great."[Orange]
"me and kumquat: always ignored."...
"The kumquat and the currant felt left out until they weren't."[Orange]
"OH ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!"As the frontpapers note, "The illustrations in this book were rendered in fruit." Actual fruit images are given wildly expressive ink faces. A particular favorite is the manga-like expression of the starry-eyed orange when he finally receives some attention.
Requisite puns are in the author's bio.
Nothing Rhymes with Orange is simply good, fruity fun! Kids will eat it up.
Want more fun? Download the Nothing Rhymes with Orange readers theater script from Chronicle Books.
Starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly