Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

Nothing Rhymes with Orange

We all know nothing rhymes with orange. But how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out! When a parade of fruit gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can't help but feel like it's impossible for him to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Beloved author-illustrator Adam...

Details Nothing Rhymes with Orange

TitleNothing Rhymes with Orange
Release DateAug 1st, 2017
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Food and Drink, Food

Reviews Nothing Rhymes with Orange

  • Hannah
    This book is a fruity mess! I read it for kids' storytime at work and it was one of the least engaging books I've been assigned in awhile. For the first few pages, the bright fruit pictures were engaging, and the kids were expecting a good story. By the fourth page, their attention was gone. -Rhymes are geared toward older kids, but story is simplistic-Too many words only older kids would know: quince/mince, etc-No storyline that engages their se...
  • KC
    This was funny, sweet, and wicked fun. For a bit older crowd.
  • Hillary
    4 stars just for the Nietzsche
  • Megan Maloy
    This picture book is nuts and I love it.
  • Bill
    There's only one word for a book that has an orange as a main character and an appearance by Nietzsche. But I don't know what that word could be.
  • Edward Sullivan
    Absurdly silly and the first picture book I have ever read referencing Friedrich Nietzsche.
  • Rebecca
    Hilarious! "The illustrations in this book were rendered in fruit." This is a fun readaloud in the vein of interrupting characters, a la "Z is for Moose" and "Interrupting Chicken." Adam Rex's fruit are, indeed, expressive ink faces drawn onto photos of fruit. This is ripe (har!) for an extension activity involving googly eyes, cutting up a weekly produce ad, and talking about rhyming, feelings, and even emojis.
  • Michele
    hehe. Hehehe, smorange. Hehe!
  • Mandyhello
    Whenever Friedrich Nietzsche shows up in a picture book, it's a good day
  • Peacegal
    Cute and hip illustrations frolic across the pages in this busy book. There's an awful lot of dialogue for this to work as a read-aloud, however.
  • Stacy
    I love Adam Rex! My first thought was, "What the heck am I reading?!", but this book grew on me.
  • Jacki
    Not to be petulant, but sporange (the structure in a mushroom that produces spores) does rhyme with orange.
  • Mary Lee
    Poor orange! Spoiler alert -- it all works out in the a very unexpected way!
  • Barbara
    As all budding poets come to realize, there's no word that rhymes with orange. That not be more than a minor inconvenience for a writer, but for an actual orange--the fruit--this causes something of an identity crisis as Orange feels increasingly dismissed and left out. While all the other fruits are celebrated in simple verses, Orange stands alone and keeps trying to get involved in some way. Part ode to the delights of all these delicious, heal...
  • Tasha
    All of the other fruit are having great fun creating rhymes for themselves. But Orange knows that nothing rhymes with him, so he can’t join in. He does ask if he can participate, but no one has time to answer him. Meanwhile the rhymes that the other fruit are using get forced and the kinds of fruit get more unusual. Soon other fruit that don’t have rhymes either are included and only Orange is left out. Luckily though, Apple has noticed and c...
  • Camryn Fisher
    1) Original Summary:"Nothing rhymes with Orange. It's true. Or is it? Wait, isn't it? Can you stop interrupting maybe? You can read the book. Sorry. I'll move to the title page. Beloved author-illustrator Adam Rex has created a hilarious yet poignant parable about feeling left out, celebrating difference, and the irrefutable fact that nothing rhymes with orange."2) Activity:For this book's activity, I would create a worksheet that asks the reader...
  • Erin
    Unlike most fruits, nothing does rhyme with orange, and Orange knows this. Although Orange tries to find a place in this rhyming poem, it just doesn’t work because nothing rhymes with orange. Fruits that Orange doesn’t even know have rhyming words, but not orange that is until the other fruits create a word to rhyme with orange in order to make Orange feel apart of the fruit group. Photographs of fruit with hand drawings to bring the fruit al...
  • Bmack
    I'm not sure what to think of this book. It is really cute but I don't get why the author used an adult book that kid's would have no idea about as an example in his rhyming text.....The book was Friedrich Nietzsche's Zarathustra. I know he used it be cause of the rhyming but kids (and myself) don't have a clue who that is..... The theme of the book is that it uses different fruit in a rhyming format but since the Orange doesn't rhyme with anythi...
  • Beth
    Poor orange. In a rhyming picture book about fruit, he feels left out. But even when Friedrich Nietzsche gets a rhyming couplet, orange starts to feel even more excluded. This is an absolutely hilarious picture book that will appeal to both younger and older readers. Younger readers certainly won't get the Nietzsche reference, but they will get that it's meant to juxtapose the unfairness that orange doesn't get to rhyme with anything while a long...
  • Becky
    This is one of those times when I'm reminded that I'm a 30 year old reading a picture book. Even though the book acknowledges that it goes off the rails... the acknowledgement didn't make it funnier. It was just a bit too much for me... everything from the font to the length of the story to how just not funny it was to me. The Neitzsche thing made me chuckle as was adding in kumquat, so it's not like I was a crankypants for the whole thing... but...
  • Heidi-Marie
    Reading for 2017 Beehive Poetry long list. I always enjoy illustrations by Adam Rex, even if it is faces on actual fruit! While the rhyming isn't great and sometimes feels forced, that is kind of the point in this. This isn't groundbreaking. But it is enjoyable and fun and I like to give kids books like this.Not quite sure it would work so well as a preschool choice, unless I did a literacy moment with it. But that age is still learning rhyming, ...
  • Jana
    What a fun picture book this is! Not only do you have the fun of rhyming words and awesome illustrations in which fruit is photographed in very humorous ways, but you have a terrific message about friendship and inclusivity. All of the pieces of fruit have gotten together to participate in a terrific poem, but orange feels left out because there are no rhyming words for him. As the poem goes along, everyone has a part but him. This would be great...
  • Elaine
    When Adam Rex is illustrating for an author, his artwork is consistently entertaining. When he's on his own, he does tend to go "off the rails," as Orange points out in its own book here. For example, Nietzsche makes an inexplicable but hilarious appearance in this book about rhyming with fruit words (minus orange, plus yams). Even kumquat gets a successful line. Great read aloud for older kids. (I'm going to read it with teenagers.)
  • Diane
    "But the fruit is feeling rotten, 'cause there's someone they've forgotten."True friendship is making up a new word for the English language so that your friend will be able to participate in the book, too. Of course the definition needs to be a good one, too, like smorange. Everyone knows smorange means "totally awesome is every way." Let's all add it to our dictionaries right now.I can't wait to read this to my students.
  • Gps
    i am really torn about this book; it's a clever idea, but the idea gets lost in the midst of the author trying to impose a rhyming base for the story. so, it's not that nothing rhymes with orange, it's that throwing in Nietzsche and Zarathustra in the middle of a children's book, just adds to confusion. so, fine illustrations, and fun rhymes, but falls short in the reading aloud category is my conclusion.
  • Mala Ashok
    Adam Rex's "Nothing rhymes with Orange," is a read aloud picture book which is sure to be a children's favourite. It will strike a chord with you the reader too because it touches on the topic of feeling left out. The book is well written, amusing and yet poignant and has a happy ending which children are sure to love. A must for every child on your gift list.
  • Amanda
    This book is ALL over the place; I really liked the beginning, but by the end I was just happy that it ended (and especially that it ended on a positive note). Too much going on, and I didn't know where to look plus confusion over fruits that aren't fruits. Nietzsche yelling "Frucht!" made me laugh, and many of the illustrations were quite charming.
  • Lisa
    A story about rhyming fruit with brief comments from Orange. It was fun it made me laugh. The book was not too wordy and the pictures were interesting. This could also be fun to do for a storytime and talk about all of the different types of fruit even talk about their colors, what other things are that color, and do a fun craft focusing on fruit and different colors.
  • LeeAnn
    This book was so cute and clever! The rhyming seems to make fun of other pedantic rhyme attempts, and the orange is such a fabulous character. I especially love the orange's rhyming rant! I laughed so hard! And, of course , there's a sneaky important and heart-felt deeper meaning in the story (don't miss it). Um, also there's a surprise visit from a controversial historical figure... Say what?