Saturday, February 28, 2009

Picture Book Extravaganza cont. Part 3

Continuing with the wonderful picture book reviews....these ones are titles I think are set to be big hits this season.

When this one showed up in my mailbox, I knew it was going to be a winner. Absolutely hilarious, totally giggle-worthy, and SO very real-to-life, Chicken Butt, written by Erica S. Perl and illustrated by Henry Cole, is a fantastic read aloud, set to be a huge hit at your library.

Perfect to be read aloud by two people, Chicken Butt is the story of a boy telling his dad the age-old joke of "Guess what? Chicken Butt." The boy tricks his dad into participating in the back-and-forth joke, leaving me in hysterics! When the boy's dad has had too much of the game, he tries to get out of it, but the boy just tricks him into continuing, in a very clever and child-relevant way.

The illustrations just add to the fun in this one! Comical and perfectly matched to the text, I can almost promise your story time kids will be laughing all the way through this adorable book, as will their parents! A definite must for all libraries, you can pair this one with Practical Joke week and have kids make up their own jokes. Pre-order this one!!!

Chicken Butt!
Erica S. Perl
32 pages
Picture book
Abrams Books for Young Readers
April 2009

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, from the ever wonderful, totally popular Mo Willems, is another wonderful book that is going to fly off shelves. First of all, who writes about naked mole rats, seriously? Well Mo Willems of course and quite successfully I must say!

All the mole rats are naked. All except for Wilbur. Wilbur is the naked mole rat that likes to get dressed every day, making him quite the outcast in his community. Every other mole rat makes fun of him, not understanding why Wilbur wants to be different than everyone else. They even bring the case of Wilbur to Grand-pah, the wisest of all the naked mole rats, convinced that Grand-pah will talk some sense into the clothes-wearing Wilbur.

When Grand-pah makes a proclamation about clothing...while wearing clothes himself, all the mole rats realize that it's not so bad to wear clothes after all. Being different isn't such a terrible thing!

Oh the sarcasm! Every book that this man writes is wonderful and this one is no exception. The writing, the illustrations, I love, love, loved it! Every library needs to have one of these on their shelves....more than one in fact!

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
Mo Willems
40 pages
Picture book
Hyperion Books for Children
January 2009

Ocean Hide and Seek, written by Jennifer Evans Kramer and beautifully illustrated by Gary R. Phillips is not written by an author as famous as Mo Willems, but it's fantastic all the same and deserves great recognition. Published by one of my favorite companies, Sylvan Dell, this title, as well as their others, includes extra activities and facts in the back of the book in order to tie the story into real life. Love that!

In this story the readers gets to learn about some great ocean creatures that hide in plain site, including where schools of tang fish, tiny pipefish, and sea dragons. All of these animals (and lots more) are able to disguise themselves with their own bodies, keeping themselves safe from predators of the ocean.

Told in very calm, repeating lines, the reader this is a fantastic get-ready-for-sleep book. the illustrations are dark and soothing and combined with the text your little listener will soon be ready for bed! Let them do the activities included in the back of the book once they wake up in the morning!

Ocean Hide and Seek
Jennifer Evans Kramer
32 pages
Picture book
Sylvan Dell
February 2009

To learn more about any of these titles, or to purchase, click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.

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