Kids’ Book Review: Review: Kora Kerplunk’s Travelling Tongue

Kora Kerplunk is a wild child who loves being dirty and loves to play rough. But what she loves more than anything else is licking yucky stuff!!!!

Boogers and blackboards, windows and dirt,

Gray gum on the ground, and stains on her shirt.

But one day, sick of the disgusting things Kora licks, her tongue runs away, leaving Kora a farewell note.

Kora tries to get her tongue to come back, but it’s having too much fun, traveling the world and tasting all the foodie delights. What will Kora do?

This is a fun and smile-triggering story for kids who love a little silliness with their picture books. It’s whacky and delightfully quirky, delivered in fun rhyme to drive the rhythm of the humour. I loved the places Kora’s tongue travels and the foods it tastes along the way, and kids will love it too, because it opens a door to talk about different cuisines from around the world and all our favorite yummy things to eat.

With funky and colorful illustrations to match the funky story, the book really does scream fun! Kora’s emotional journey is clear on her face as she experiences both the loss of her tongue and its return, and there’s a nice subtle message there about thinking of others and compromise, but it isn’t didactic in any way.

For a silly, funny, quirky read that will get your tastebuds tingling, check out Kora Kerplunk’s Traveling Tongue.

Title: Kora Kerplunk’s Traveling Tongue
Author: Emily S. Smith
Illustrator: Peter Olczyk
Publisher: Larrikin House, $24.99
Publication Date: February 2022
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781922503206
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture Books

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