Berry, Lynne. Duck Dunks. Illus. Hiroe Nakata. New York: Henry Holt, 2008.
Five little ducks spend a day at the seashore. They swim, picnic, fly a kite, and play games. At the end of the day, they take their damp feathers home.
What I thought: What a lovely book. I loved the rhythm of the words. The illustrations added to my enjoyment. A perfect book to read on a summer day. A plug for Tennessee authors--Lynne Berry lives in Nashville.
Wilson, Sarah. The Day We Danced in Underpants. Illus. Catherine Stock. Berkley: Tricycle Press, 2008.
An invitation from the king to a royal party. New clothes are bought and some are too tight. The ladies put on their finest finery in heaping mounds. The day is hot hot. The guest sweat and wilt. Papa's too tight pants split open. The King declares we will enjoy the rest of the day in our underthings.
What I thought: What a fun party! I think this will leave readers wanting to know more about French customs. The illustrations are very colorful and suit the historical period of the book perfectly.