Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

What book lover doesn’t also love a little play on words? Did You Say Pears? by Arlene Alda is a picture book full of word play. Each page spread shows a set of homonyms or homophones and illustrates the meaning of each with a photograph. The last page of the book lists each example throughout the book, whether it is a homonym or homophone, and gives the definition of both.

I loved the idea of this book as a great way to teach my kiddos all about these fun twists in the English language, but I must say that I was not impressed at all by the included photographs. The cover is beautiful, but there were few other photos between the covers that measured up to it. Being an illustrations lover, this was a major disappointment for me. Hopefully my kids won’t be quite so picky; the words really are clever and it does show the difference between the meanings.

If you have a child who is interested in homophones/homonyms, or who has been getting them confused, this is a great book to add to your collection, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the bright white press-on (finger) nails opposite the pile of carpenter’s nails.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tundra Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.