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Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? by Jory…

Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? (edition 2018)

by Jory John (Author), Liz Climo (Illustrator)

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Title:Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?
Authors:Jory John (Author)
Other authors:Liz Climo (Illustrator)
Info:Dial Books (2018), 40 pages
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Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? by Jory John



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An elephant has an itch it can't reach, so it asks for help. Some animals are downright unhelpful (turtle), some are too eager to help (alligator and snake), and some have good intentions but simply aren't capable (hippo, sloth, meerkats). At last, the hippo finds a hedgehog, which it unceremoniously uses and then tosses; the hedgehog lands prickle-side-down and is stuck and in need of help! The helpful sloth reappears ("I'm on my way! ....Almost there!"). Cute, funny, good choice for storytime. ( )
  JennyArch | Jul 30, 2018 |
Elephant has a problem: the itch on his back is in a spot he can't reach, and none of the animals he encounters seem able to help him. Some are willing, but too slow (like the sloth!), while others have no interest (like the turtle). Finally, Elephant finds just the right assistant - a bristly porcupine - but that doesn't turn out too well for the porcupine...

An amusing tale from author Jory John is paired with humorous and expressive cartoon-style artwork from illustrator and animator Liz Climo in Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? I had mixed feelings about the ending, which felt a little mean-spirited to me, but otherwise I found this an entertaining picture-book. Recommended to anyone who enjoys children's stories with a somewhat sharp sense of humor, à la Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 21, 2018 |
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Persnickety Elephant has an itch--a big one--and he can't reach it! While he isn't above asking for a little help, no one is up to the task. Turtle is too lazy, Snail is too slimy, and Alligator... well, Elephant isn't sure he wants his assistance. Does Elephant have to do everything himself?
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"Elephant has a massive itch that no one can scratch, so Elephant is forced to help himself--or so he thinks"--

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