Always one to create a story full of creatures and kids, Mercer Mayer brings readers fun in all shapes and sizes. His illustrations and unique tales work together to make a fine story that can be read any time of the year, and at any place, from school to a library to at home. Kids always have a great time while reading these tales, laughing and pointing at the funny pictures and situations that the characters find themselves in. Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp is certain to be another fun romp that kids will enjoy.
It is time for a girl to be the hero of one of Mercer Mayer’s books! Liza Lou’s mother asks her if she can deliver a bag of sweet potatoes to her grandmother’s house and cook them up. She agrees, but it means she has to make her way through
the swamp to get to her grandmother’s house – and there are a lot of creatures and creepy
things in the swamp! But our hero is no fool. She knows how to handle all of them. So when she faces off with haunts, she gets by. When dealing with gobblygooks, she outsmarts them. When witches show up, they get tricked. When devils appear, they’re no match for her. She can use her swamp smarts to get safely to grandma’s house, and readers will have a great time in the process.
Though the swamp looks a whole lot more like a jungle, kids certainly won’t mind. Mercer Mayer’s rich illustrations give Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp plenty of character. The foliage is thick and varied with different leaf shapes and thick trees, hanging vines and tiny flowers. The title character has her trusty opossum tagging along behind her on all four of his cute little paws. The haunts and gobblygooks are all unique creatures but won’t scare kids as their mischievous acts include sticking their tongues out at Liza when they try to steal her bag of potatoes.
This is a great addition to any child’s collection of picture books, and ideal for ages 3 and up.