Tuesday, June 1, 2010
A Birthday for Cow! - Jan Thomas
It is Cow's birthday so her friends are baking her a birthday cake. All the ingredients are going in one by one, flour, eggs, etc. Every step of the way, Duck insists that they should add a TURNIP! Of course, this silly request is refused. (SPOILER ALERT!) When Cow does arrive, what is she thrilled to eat? The turnip!
Bright, bright, BRIGHT illustrations with large black outlines are the style featured in this book. It sort of reminds you of Mo Willems, but Jan Thomas' illustrations are more manic, less precise than Willems. And the story is perfect for 3 year olds - lots of repetition, simple ingredients that kids recognize and can chime in on. All hallmarks of a great read-aloud.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Pouch! by David Ezra Stein
A sweet little picture book...I always say that, don't I? Picture books are sweet and at 32 pages, they are little! Okay - a sweet little picture book by the author of Leaves. A little kangaroo emerges from his mother's pouch to explore the world which scares him every time he meets someone new. He keeps re-emerging and jumping back into his mother's pouch until he meets another little kangaroo and the two of them are much braver together!
David Ezra Stein's watercolor and crayon images are whimsical and fill the pages. The pictures are definitely as important as the words, which are few.
Due to the simplicity of the story and the young age of the protagonist, this would be an ideal book for toddlers and twos.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Read: Last Year
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: a christmas story by Lemony Snicket; Illustrated by Lisa Brown
A very funny story for grown-ups in the guise of a children's book - basically an allegory for what it is like to Jewish at Christmas. My favorite line? "I AM NOT A HASH BROWN!"
Not for children under the age of 12. Definitely for teens and adults.
A hilarious story about a woman with failing eyesight who mistakes a bear for the Rabbi come to join her for her famous latkes.
Eric Kimmel has written a good number of Hanukkah books for the picture book set - and this one is my favorite.