I've got a variety of books for you this weekend, hope you find something you enjoy! Don't forget to enter my contest for a signed copy of Elise Broach's Masterpiece. See the post below for details.
Titanicat, written by Marty Crisp and illustrated by Robert Papp is based on the true story of the ship cat living aboard the famous Titanic. In the story, a boy joins the crew of the Titanic and soon begins taking care of a cat and her kittens as part of his duties. When the cat begins behaving in a suspicious manner, leading the boy to believe the ship may not be safe, he has to make a decision whether to remain on the ship to complete the journey to America, or disembark.
The background story in this picture book is quite amazing and accompanied with some absolutely beautiful illustrations. They almost appear to be oil paintings, which is unique and a pleasure to look at. Titanicat is great book to teach some history, while reading children an enjoyable story of one cool cat.
In Baby Dragon, written by Amy Ehrlich and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, a young dragon is told by his mother to wait by a red fern until she returns from his grandma's house. She promises to be back by morning, but once she is gone, Baby Dragon begins to wonder if she really will come back. Lots of temptations cross the dragon's path, trying to lead him away from the red fern, but ultimately leading to a very sweet happy ending.
The illustrations are fantastic and the story is cute. This would make a nice bedtime book, or as a lesson in teaching your children to listen to their mothers!
Finally, Who Made This Cake? written by Chihiro Nakagawa and illustrated by Junji Koyose is a book that had me quite puzzled when I was done reading it. At first, I didn't really think I liked it at all, but once I thought about it, I realized what a unique concept it really was, completely changing my mind and allowing me to fervently recommend it.
The story reads almost like a recipe for a cake, yet is filled with trucks and construction workers. The workers are miniature people, as are the machines, but the cake they are building ends up being a regular sized cake for a normal sized boy. Kinda cool huh? We get to see how different construction vehicles operate and how a cake is made, all in the same book.
I think Who Made This Cake? will appeal to a variety of readers, children and parents alike. Give it a chance, it may not seem quite as neat the first time through, but think about the concept a bit and I think you'll change your mind.