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Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:073522854X
LANGUAGE:English

" Super cute and funny. The illustrations make everything even better. Liz Climo has the most adorable illustration style and I'm happy to see her work in published works. This is definitely one for your child's or niece/nephew's bookshelf. One fault is at the end when the elephant finds someone to scratch his back and then (view spoiler)[TOSSES HIM AWAY. I still laughed but still rude (hide spoiler)] " said.

" I was itching my back the whole time I read this. Elephant needs someone to help but no one is willing or able! Who will come to his aid?This was a cute idea, but I didn't like the way it ended, or the way elephant acted. A bit it reminded me of The Ant and the Elephant by Bill Peet, but without as many teaching opportunities. Illustrations are cute. " said.

" This book is too cute! Elephant has an itch on his back and he just can't reach it. A host of animals try to help but they either can't reach him quick enough, look like they might eat him or scratch so lightly they just tickle him! Is there any animal out there that can help him?!?Wonderful yet simple text and illustrations make this a fun and delightful read. " said.

" Interesting concept, an elephant with an itch on his back has to find another animal to scratch it. And he asked all kinds of animals before he got his relief. This is not the traditional build up of a story but a premise that is silly and gets a solution after many mis-tries. The whole story is written in speech bubbles and not sentences. Silly and could be a fun read aloud to small ones. " said.

" This is a quick read that hearkens to others like _I Want My Hat Back_ with its plot of meeting one animal to the next and asking the same question over and over. It was a cute premise, so I didn't find it bothersome that the narrative technique was so similar, but others may not enjoy it as much. For: fans of cute animal books; readers wanting a book with repetition and playfulness.Possible red flags: characters in peril. " said.

" A cute whimsical elephant has a scratch he can't quite reach. By turns he asks for other animals assistance. Funny with different characters like the alligator smiling that he'll 'help'what is the lesson here? Beg for help and then discard the person? I had to turn it into a whole teaching lesson at the end of reading to my nephew. He did enjoy but I disliked having to lecture him on proper behavior at the end. " said.

" Oh no….This is definitely one of those books that illustrates the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. I initially picked it up because I found the title amusing. I loved the illustrations and the initial storyline, however I was so disappointed with the ending. It was quite clear that the main character would only be good if someone was of use to them, and if they were not, that they would be discarded at the first opportunity that arose to do so. " said.

" I've enjoyed the other Jory John books I've read and this one didn't disappoint, though I didn't love it as much as The Bad Seed or Penguin Problems (to say nothing of All My Friends are Dead). His books always make for great read-alouds. But, the main reason I picked up this book is for the art by Liz Climo. One of my favorite webcomic artists, Climo brings the book to life with cute animal designs and gentle humor. " said.

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