Saturday, March 28, 2015

Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty



Iggy Peck is a boy who's obsessed with designing and creating structures. He's shown making buildings out of anything that he can get his hands on: dirt, fruit, pancakes, modeling clay etc. Until one day his teacher has had enough and bans Iggy from mentioning anything about architecture. The class then goes on a picnic field trip to a little island. The bridge collapses and traps them on the island. Iggy comes to the rescue, organizes the class in building a new bridge from found objects. Because Iggy saved the day he's allowed from then on to give the class lectures on architecture. The illustrations by David Roberts are fun with each child having a unique look and the structures that Iggy builds are playful. The rhyming text has a fun, bouncy quality that will keep kids interest in a topic that could otherwise be a bit dry.

The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall




This is a cute book centering around a little boy who's told his parents are expecting a baby. In their morning rush, the parents don't have time to explain further. Then the boy spends the day asking his neighbor, teacher, grandpa and mailman "Where do babies come from?" Each person has a different answer and by the end of the day he's truly confused. All is cleared up by his parents at the conclusion of the book (with some factual information on another page). The illustrations by Sophie Blackall are sweet, subtle and just right for the topic.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Catch that Cookie!


Solve the riddles to find the runaway gingerbread men in this funny and magical cookie hunt!
Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can't wait to eat his after spending all morning baking them with his class. But when it's time to take the gingerbread men out of the oven . . . they're gone! Now, to find those rogue cookies, Marshall and his class have to solve a series of rhyming clues. And Marshall just might have to rethink his stance on magic. Catch That Cookie! is an imaginative mystery, deliciously illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Small. It's sure to inspire a new classroom tradition . . . and maybe even a few new believers!

Also try:
The Eleventh Hour
Wolfie the Bunny
The Gingerbread Bear
Senorita Gordita
The Gingerbread Boy
Gingerbread Cowboy

Telephone

It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads. -From the Publisher

If you enjoyed this, you might also like:
Yo! Yes?
Wish, Change, Friend
What do you do with an idea?
Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo
The Book with No Pictures




Flora and the Penguin

Flora and the Penguin

Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other's graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.-From the Publisher

If you like this, you might enjoy:
Flora and the Flamingo
Sam and Dave dig a Hole
The Farmer and the Clown
Telephone
Hug Machine

Saturday, January 03, 2015

When We Go Walking by Cari Best



A little girl goes walking with her family and discovers treasures all through the seasons. As they walk, the girl wonders where her treasures came from and her parents ask: do you really need that?  Finally, when it gets too cold out to walk, she surprises her family with artwork made from her collection. The collage style of the images is well-suited to the topic with bits and bobs of things discovered on each page. Overall, it's a pleasant "stroll" of a book for kids pre-k and up.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio



Gaston is a French bulldog who lives with a family of poodles: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo and Ooh-La-La. He tries his best to fit in, being precious and delicate like his siblings. One day at the park Mrs. Poodle meets another pup family of mostly bulldogs and one poodle, Antoinette. After playing, Gaston and Antoinette switch places and go home with their new, supposedly correct pup family. It doesn't feel right: Gaston isn't as rough and tumble as the other bulldogs and Antoinette is not as delicate as the other poodles. The next day the pups switch back, but keep visiting each other at the park. Eventually, Gaston and Antoinette go on to have a family of their own, teaching them "to be whatever they wanted to be." The colorful, simple artwork and fun names for the dogs will keep most kids entertained by this pup tale.

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett



This is a wordless picture book that nonetheless manages to impart a lovely message about sharing. A girl walking with her little brother, sees a bike in a store window which she must have. The girl goes home and promptly gets busy, looking for loose change around the house and doing chores for the neighbor. When she finally gets enough money (months later) she looks in the window and the bike is gone. The girl buys a tricycle for her brother instead. There's a happy ending for her, which is sweet but not overly preachy. The illustrations have a vintage feel, done in tones of sepia and the bicycle in green. The overall effect is simple and understandable for a variety of ages.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig



This is a picture book which has a message, but is written in such a way that it doesn't feel preachy. Brian, a young elementary school boy is quiet; so quiet he's invisible. Other children and the teacher ignore him when teams are chosen or hands are raised. He draws when his classmates read or play board games. Things change for Brian when a new boy joins the class. The new boy Justin, appears to be a different ethnicity than the other classmates and is looked upon strangely at first. Being outsiders, Justin and Brian make friends and soon a third friend is included. Toward the end of the book, the three boys work on a project together that cements their friendship. Patrice Barton's illustrations show Brian faintly in the beginning and gain some color when he makes friends. At the end of the book, there's a reference page with further reading for children and adults about friendship and introversion.