Saturday, September 20, 2008

Picture Book Saturday!!

Madam President by Lane Smith is the perfect, subtle way to get your kids involved in the election. With an adorable little girl dreaming of what it would be like to be the President, children can feel comfortable asking questions about what our new President will do during his day. Does he really have to kiss babies? Can he really get rid of all tuna casserole?? I really enjoyed the fun and upbeat nature of Smith's book and the illustrations complemented the fun nature of the story perfectly. A great choice for home shelves and libraries...display it prominently!

Inside the Slidy Diner, written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Jaime Zollars is a gross book (but I mean that in the sweetest of ways)! A young girl gives her friend a tour of the Slidy Diner where cockroaches run rampant, the chocolate milk is not really "chocolate," and pig's head is a menu choice. The pictures are dark and grainy, fitting the mood of a yucky book brilliantly and though I found myself queasy when I was done reading, kids are going to absolutely love this one. Keep your eyes peeled for this one (hahahaha), it's being published in October.

I LOVE this next title. Not technically a picture book, Trucks go Pop! by Bob Stakke is an amazing pop-up that will instantly become a hit with your kids and I wanted to include it this week because of how much I think you all will enjoy it. The pages are filled with huge pop-ups of different types of trucks: garbage trucks, fire trucks, bulldozers, and snowplows. The colors are bright and bold, the text simple and straightforward. This is a perfect book to give as a gift, whether that be a holiday gift, birthday present, or a "just-because!"

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