Saturday, May 23, 2009

Picture Book Saturday

Some random titles for you all these week, all of which I very much enjoyed recently. Hopefully you'll find something you'll like!!

Down by the Station, written by Jennifer Riggs Vetter and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz is fabulous. Yep it only takes that one word to describe this one. You're going to have the words stuck in your head for the next 2 days, but it's well worth it.

An expanded version of a classic rhyme, kids that love boats planes, trucks, and trains will totally be loving this one. The rhyme reads almost like a song and it's definitely one that you and your kids will probably know word for word after a few readings.

"Down by the depot, early in the morning
See the yellow school buses all in a row
See the school bus driver warming up the engine
Vroom vroom
Beep beep!
Off we go!"

And so it repeats with different modes of transportation on each page, creating a fabulous rhyming book with adorable illustrations. A really simple concept, Down by the Station will appeal to your toddlers, but also to slightly older kids as the rhyming is a lot of fun.

Fantastic for home reading and for toddler storytimes.

Down by the Station
Jennifer Riggs Vetter
32 pages
Picture Book
Tricycle Press
April 2009

Chicken Cheeks, written by Michael Ian Black and Kevin Hawkes, is one of those books that your kiddos are alllllways going to be talking about after you've read it with them! All about animal behinds (butts, heinies, patooties, whatever you want to call them), giggle-worthy does not even BEGIN to describe this book.

All a bear wants to do is get to the honey high up in the tree. So what does he do? He creates a tower of animals, complete with a moose caboose, turkey tushy, flamingo fanny, and of course, chicken cheeks. Each page spread has a different animal "back end" and hilarious facial expressions from whatever animal happens to be below the newest addition. The best page has to be the one featuring guinea pig buns. Soooooo funny!

There are also a pair of ants on each page spread, easily missed, which are just as funny as the rest of the book. Don't forget to look for the ants!

Your kids are going to LOVE this book, I can see it now. And they will probably go around for the next week call their back end all sorts of different things!!

A fabulous choice for libraries and home shelves.

Chicken Cheeks
Michael Ian Black
40 pages
Picture Book
Simon & Schuster
January 2009

This Little Bunny Can Bake, written and illustrated by Janet Stein is a humorous little book about cooking. At Chef George's Dessert School, all the animals are beginners and none want to follow Chef George's difficult rules, they would rather be silly! Pink Bunny on the other hand, wants nothing more than to take dessert school very seriously and by following the rules, a beautiful and yummy cake is created!

The illustrations were quite eye-catching in this cute title. Done in reds, blacks, and whites (with a pink bunny of course), the drawings really stand out on the page and the story is funny and will have your kids exclaiming throughout the reading.

A nice choice for a family story time or for library shelves. OOH and there's recipes included! I want to try the chocolate meringue cookies!

This Little Bunny Can Bake
Janet Stein
40 pages
Picture Book
Schwartz & Wade
March 2009

I wanted to finish this Picture Book Saturday with a title that truly touched my heart. It may not be a funny book or a great read aloud, but A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope, written and illustrated by Michael Foreman, is very much an inspirational, sweet story, worthy of sharing.

A little boy living in a war-torn world, inspires hope by finding a tiny sprout in the rubble and caring for it, enabling it to grow. The plant is met with adversity on all sides, but it grows and thrives with the care of the young boy. becoming a source of hope for the people of his world...and those on the other side of a fence.

Done in black and white with touches of color, the story is incredibly and the illustrations beautiful. A very touching story and one that would be a good conversation starter on war.

A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope
Michael Foreman
32 pages
Picture Book
May 2009

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