Putnam / Chronicle / Clarion "Nothing Rhymes with Orange" by Adam Rex, Chronicle, 48 pages, $16.99, ages 5-8 The orange, an actual orange with pen and ink features, finds himself playing the role of Charlie Brown-outsider as his fruit pals celebrate their eminently rhyme-worthy names with increasingly bold verse and the feel-good refrain, "Fruit! They’re healthy happy colorful and cute!" Who wouldn’t want to be invited to this party? A cantaloupe, a quince, even a fig gets in the door. But the orange, who keeps up a charmingly indignant commentary, just can’t find an opening. "This book’s sorta gone off the rails," he says grumpily when the paper bag sky goes dark and a "pearwolf" howls in a verse rhyming "bite" and "bright." But the scene is rescued by just the right fruit — even the orange has to admit it — and the insults keep coming. "Waitaminute — yams aren’t fruit!" our hero rails. Rex transforms photographic images of fruit into lively characters with just a few deft strokes of black ink. Kids will love the bold rhymes and wacky adventures. Funny, visually entertaining and — yes, here comes the fruit pun — fresh as can be, this […]