Autumn leaves adorn many of the lawns and trails in our neighborhood already, and the air holds the brisk chill of the season. Teachers are checking out books that feature autumn, and we have been looking for new titles to support their needs. Even the cover of Bob Raczka's book Fall Mixed Up intrigued me at the bookstore! I am a huge fan of his work, was privileged to work with him in a workshop at an International Reading Association convention, and am always eager to read/see his releases. Readers will love this book!
The creative cover illustration uses autumn images for the title construction (a rake is the A in Fall). The rhyming text challenges readers to "think outside the box" from the first line:
"Every Septober, Every Octember, Fall fills my senses with things to remember.
Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in big figure eights."
It is the kind of book to read twice. Children will catch the initial mix-ups and then want to look and listen again to find more. I am eager to share it!