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Say What?

Illustrated by Joey Chou



About The Book

How do we know what animals say when they say what they say with their sounds every day? With an interactive, rhyming text and bright, playful illustrations, Angela DiTerlizzi and Joey Chou explore what baby animals really mean when they make their adorable baby animal sounds.

About The Author

Photograph © Kim Pilla

Angela DiTerlizzi is a mom, wife, and author who loves writing books for children. Her picture books include Some PetsSome Bugs, Baby Love, and Just Add Glitter. She and her husband, bestselling author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, reside with their daughter in Amherst, Massachusetts.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Yuchung Chao

Joey Chou is the illustrator of Say What? by Angela DiTerlizzi and the upcoming Giraffe Rescue Company by Evan Sagerman.  He lives in sunny Glendale, California, where he enjoys drawing furry monsters and talking animals, and he finds lots of inspiration by living in a city filled with strange and interesting people who have all sorts of colorful things to say. Visit him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (July 12, 2011)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442435254
  • Ages: 2 - 5

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Raves and Reviews

"After reading Say What? kids will be yelling, ‘Roar!' For those who don’t speak Lion, this translates to, “More!” - Lane Smith, New York Times bestselling author/illustrator and co-creator of the Caldecott
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"For preschoolers who enjoy language play, this opens up whole new opportunities for communication."--Kirkus Reviews

“When an author says ‘Wonderful,’ does she really mean, ‘I wish I’d thought of it!’? You betcha! This is the perfect toddler book.”—Jane Yolen, author of the New York Times bestselling How Do Dinosaurs? series

"DiTerlizzi's jazzy verse translations of animal sounds work his imagination free rein."
--Publishers Weekly

"With bright, vivid colors, endearing animals, and plenty of delightful details, this picture book is sure to find an appreciative audience."--School Library Journal

Awards and Honors

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Florida Book Award Bronze Medalist

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