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I Yam a Donkey!
by Cece Bell


Overview - Even frustrated grammarians will giggle at the who's-on-first routine that begins with a donkey's excited announcement, "I yam a donkey " Unfortunately the donkey's audience happens to be a yam, and one who is particular about sloppy pronunciation and poor grammar.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Even frustrated grammarians will giggle at the who's-on-first routine that begins with a donkey's excited announcement, "I yam a donkey " Unfortunately the donkey's audience happens to be a yam, and one who is particular about sloppy pronunciation and poor grammar. An escalating series of misunderstandings leaves the yam furious and the clueless donkey bewildered by the yam's growing (and amusing) frustration. The yam finally gets his point across, but regrettably, he's made the situation a little bit too clear . . . and the story ends with a dark and outrageously funny twist.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544087200
  • ISBN-10: 0544087208
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 9.88 x 8.75 x 0.38 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Newbery Honoree Bell (El Deafo) creates a laugh-out-loud dialogue in the tradition of “Who’s on First?” or Lane Smith’s It’s a Book. “I yam a donkey!” a googly-eyed donkey proclaims. A bespectacled yam objects. “What did you say? ‘I yam a donkey?’ The proper way to say that is ‘I am a donkey.’ ” “You is a donkey, too?” the donkey asks. “You is a funny-looking donkey.” The yam tries to educate the donkey, while the donkey demonstrates only hopeless thickheadedness. The appearance of a carrot, a turnip, and some green beans allows the yam to review conjugations of the verb “to be.” The donkey, however, spies a meal. “Oh!” he cries, finally getting it. “You is lunch!” In a linguistic landscape where literally can mean figuratively and flammable and inflammable are interchangeable, Bell’s story celebrates the idea that language changes, and pedants who can’t adapt will be left in the dust (or in a donkey’s belly). The ending sends a message that any child can endorse: “If you is going to be eaten, good grammar don’t matter.” Ages 4–8. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (June)

 
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