Zuno’s Pick

Verna Aardema retells a West African tale in Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. The pesky mosquito sets off a chain of events with dire consequences for the rest of the animal kingdom. King Lion calls a meeting and the tale is recounted in reverse until all hooves, paws, and claws point to the troublemaking insect. Bright hues breathe life into the story. The black contrast in the council scenes really make the colors pop. Artists  Leo and Diane Dillon incorporate watercolors, pastels, and India ink in this 1976 Caldecott Medal winner. Enjoy this humorous tale as the mosquito gets what he deserves.

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