After reading through a whole bunch of picture books I've received for review over the past couple of months, I've been blessed with a few new favorites. Ones that I love love love and know others are going to love to (many of you already do, as I've read several reviews on these) and that I will be recommending for years to come. Enjoy!
The Snow Day, written and illustrated by the AMAZING Komako Sakai is one of those books that give you the warm fuzzies inside. Written on the simple subject of a snow day, the love between the two characters just pours out from both text and pictures...I truly loved this one.
When a little rabbit wakes up one morning to a snow day from kindergarten, he and his Mommy spend the day doing simple things, but using big imaginations. Daddy is stuck at the airport, unable to fly home in the snow, and little rabbit misses him very much, but that doesn't stop him from making snow dumplings on his porch, playing cards with Mommy, and creating snow monsters on the deserted streets. The pair entertains themselves successfully while anxiously awaiting the snow to stop, allowing Daddy to come home.
Such a simple idea, but such a complex story. Tender and touching, this book is enough to entertain the little ones as a read aloud, but full of emotion, pleasing parents as they read as well. Perfect for libraries, home shelves, gifts, and just to own. Really...run out and get this one. It's fabulous!
The Snow Day
Arthur A. Levine
All in a Day, written by the ever-wonderful Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Nikki McClure, is one of those books you just have to have. The illustrations and the text both offer such a fantastic message, I think this one will be around for a long, long time to come.
Another "simple message" book, the reader gets to learn about all the different things a day can offer, from morning to night. From watching the sun go by, making wishes, "a day can change just everything, given half a chance (20)," letting us know that we should never take a day for granted, always make it matter. Such a great message to send to kids right?
The illustrations are wonderful, done only in black, white, yellow, and pale blue, with incredibly bold lines, this is a great book for babies to look at as well. Simplicity is key to the story and the illustrations definitely work with that well.
Another one for all libraries, home shelves, and as gifts for new mommies and daddies!
All in a Day
Finally, my "fun" choice of the week is Farley Follows His Nose, written and illustrated by Lynn Johnston (creator of the famed For Better or For Worse comic strip) and Beth Cruikshank. A hilarious look into the world of a dog and his nose! Kids are going to love this one!
Always hungry, Farley loves food and his nose is great at scoping out the good stuff. It all starts with the smell of "rosesfreshcutgrasssweatypeoplethecatnextdoor and... HOT DOGS!" Immediately, Farley is off on an adventure, following one great smell to another until he's wandered quite far away from his house. Using some unexpected help, Farley tries to find his way back home, while resisting all of those wonderfully tempting smells.
I think this book is going to make the BEST read aloud for story times. The illustrations are great, the concept is great, the text definitely giggle-inducing. Farley is going to be a dog that little kids and adults alike fall in love with. A great purchase for libraries.
Another GREAT thing about this title is that a portion of the proceeds go to the Farley Foundation, an organization helping pets in need. I'm am very much an advocate for animals and lovvve helping to give to them, so this is yet another reason to go out and buy Farley Follows His Nose. To learn more about the Farley Foundation, their website is www.farleyfoundation.org. Go visit!
Farley Follows His Nose
Lynn Johnston and Beth Cruikshank
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