Bookjoy, Wordjoy

By Kirkus Reviews

The virtues of reading and playing with words collide in Mora and Colón's latest collaboration. Mora begins with an appeal: "Let's read, let's write, let's explore galore!" The subsequent series of poems demonstrates the dual importance of bookjoy, "the fun of reading," and wordjoy, "the fun of writing." For the latter, see the second poem, entitled "Collecting Words," which encourages readers to treasure words like "ding-dong" and "sssssssssssssnake." Overall, the superb pictures feature a racially diverse cast—often with elongated, lively bodies—and landscapes full of curves and curls in bright, earthy colors. [T]he author peppers Spanish phrases here and there to add some new layers to a gratifying collection. Joy indeed.