Monday, October 23, 2017
Your step by step guide to washing a woolly mammoth.
Thoughts: Too funny! Washing a woolly mammoth seems to be about as much fun as giving a cat a bath. This will be a fun book to share with elementary students when I do outreach. The illustrations are just right for the story.
Themes: Prehistoric, Baths, Pets, Elementary
(Henry Holt, 2014)
Friday, October 20, 2017
When her mama and papa decide to adopt a baby wolf, Dot the Bunny tries to warn them it's a bad idea. She remains distrustful of her "brother" until the day they go to the store to get carrots.
Thoughts: Another hilarious read aloud. This book was perfect for my wolf themed storytime although the youngest kids didn't quite get all the humor. I love the bold black lines O'Hora used in the illustrations.
Themes: Rabbits, Wolves, Siblings
(Little Brown & Co, 2015)
Thursday, October 19, 2017
A young frog dislikes being a frog for a variety of reasons. He'd much rather be a cat, a rabbit, a pig, or an owl. That's until he meets a wolf.
Thoughts: This is such a fun book to read aloud. The young frog can be quite outrageous and the dad so stern. It's a great combination. The illustrations are colorful. I love the use of speech bubbles. They really engage the reader or listener and makes the book a great read aloud.
Themes: Frogs, Elementary
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Bear is so sleepy. Duck is wide awake. Good neighbors they aren't.
Thoughts: This book is too funny. I can't wait to read it along with A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker. It is a perfect pairing. The illustrations are bright and colorful. The use of little to no outline is a nice style.
Themes: Bedtime, Unlikely Friends
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Thoughts: I love Tap the Magic Tree and Matheson's second interactive book is just as fun. The actions are engaging and the collage illustrations are enchanting. I look forward to using Touch the Brightest Star in my next night themed storytime.
Themes: Night, Interactive
Monday, October 16, 2017
Time for five sheep to go to sleep...but they can't sleep! Will Collie be able to help?
Thoughts: I love all the sheep books by Nancy Shaw and this latest will be a great addition to my bedtime themed storytime. The illustrations are soft, vibrant, and interesting.
Themes: Bedtime, Sheep, Rhyme
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thoughts: Fun, fun, fun. I love dragons and I love Florian's childlike illustrations. They have definite kid appeal. Would pair well with various dragon poems.
- “Dragon Tree” from Poetrees by Douglas Florian
- “Shopping at the Dragon Store” from I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky
- “Don the Dragon’s Birthday” from Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
How to Draw a Dragon also functions as an art lesson.
Themes: Dragons, Drawing, Pets
(Beach Lane Books, 2015)
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Monkey from The Monkey Goes Bananas is back! He's still banana crazy and this time a bee gets in his way instead of a shark.
Thoughts: Just as hilarious as the first. I love the comic book style illustrations and minimal text. This book was a storytime hit. Would pair well with Bear & Bee by Sergio Ruzzier.
Themes: Monkeys, Bees, Almost Wordless
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
This beautifully illustrated ABC book focuses on birds...more than 26 because some letters warrant more than one feathered friend.
Thoughts: I can't wait to use this gorgeous book for my next birds themed storytime. The surprise narrator reminds me of Dogs by Emily Gravett. The illustrations are exquisite--bright colored and they draw your eye.
Themes: Birds, Alphabet
(Flying Eye Books, 2015)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Everyone has a monster except Marilyn. She tried to be patient, but one day she can't help herself. Instead of waiting, she goes out looking for her monster. And it's a good thing she does.
Thoughts: What a sweet story. The idea of kids having a friendly monster is very imaginary friend/Monsters, Inc after Boo. I love Marilyn's spunk. Despite being told she can't look for her monster, she does anyway. Matt Phelan's watercolor and pencil illustrations suit the story perfectly. The monsters are especially well done. I look forward to sharing this books my elementary outreach later this month.
Themes: Monsters, Elementary
Monday, October 9, 2017
The Wimbledon family are trying their best to sleep, but odd noises and strange smells keep waking them up one at a time. When they check on the noises and smells, they find that it's only their dog Stanley.
Thoughts: I loved Jon Agee's book Little Santa and this book is the same. It's Only Stanley is so funny. The family's disgruntled-ness at being awakened paired with their nonchalant reaction to Stanley's nocturnal activities made me laugh with every page turn. Agee's illustrations with bold lines, muted color palette, and lovely detail complement the story exactly. I look forward to sharing this book at storytime and during outreach.
Themes: Night, Dogs, Elementary
Friday, October 6, 2017
Exactly what the title says--takes readers through the first part of Alice's journey up until her conversations with the caterpillar.
Thoughts: Published for the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this retelling will introduce a new generation of fans to the book. Down the Rabbit Hole would be a perfect read aloud the next time I have a Mad Hatter Tea Party or a Alice in Wonderland event. The end papers with their map of wonderland are great. The illustrations are colorful and interesting.
Themes: Alice, Classics
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Thoughts: Gorgeous illustrations and an imaginative story. Pair with Dream Animals, While the World Is Sleeping, Clara & Asha, and Dream Friends.
Themes: Moms, Gifts, Dreams, Imagination
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A hungry owl disguises himself to catch his prey. His disguises don't work until he sets his sights on a pizza.
Thoughts: Too funny! A great way to talk about owls being carnivores. I love the black background of the illustrations and the bold colors used with them. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise is super fun to share with kids of all ages. Would pair well with Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds.
Themes: Owls, Pizza
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Thoughts: What a fun book! I especially like the mer-pandas. Chu's Day at the Beach is a great addition to my beach storytime. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and so detailed.
Themes: Beach, Pandas, Sneezing
Monday, October 2, 2017
Thoughts: I love how Monty redeems himself. His vanity could have been his downfall, but he realizes he has something more valuable than a magnificent mane, friends. The mixed media illustrations are lively and fun with good use of white space.
Themes: Lions, Crocodiles, African Animals, Friendship, Meerkats
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Thoughts: I love By Mouse and Frog. It works on so many levels. Fun for storytime but also for using with older kids as an invitation for them to write stories of their own. The illustrations are lovely. I like the soft colors and the pencil drawings. I wish I knew all the references to famous children's books, but I only recognized a few. By Mouse and Frog would make an interesting lesson in children's picture books. Pair this with Dog loves Drawing by Louise Yates, Journey by Aaron Becker, and Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale by Alice Kuipers.
Themes: Friendship, Writing, Drawing, Imagination