Saturday, August 15, 2009

Picture Book Saturday

Some new books you you all this weekend...enjoy!

Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers
, written by Gloria Whelan and illustrated by Yan Nascimbene, gives us readers a bit of cultural history blended with a nice story of a young girl named Yuki.

In the 17th and 18th century, provincial governors in Japan had to travel between two cities, a distance of 300 miles, which required a caravan of between one thousand and three thousand attendants (carriers), making the journey truly a huge event. Yuki's father is one of those governors and though reluctant, Yuki must accompany him and her mother on the long journey, said to be leaving her teacher and her home, writing haikus along the way.

Written on a subject not often found in picture books, this title would be a nice selection to accompany a unit on Japanese history. Probably best suited for slightly older readers, though younger children can certainly enjoy the story and beautifully done illustrations without having to understand the backstory.

Sleeping Bear Press has a companion novel out for this one too, one of it's famous "Alphabet books" that I love so much! It's called K is for Kabuki (review by me to be done soon) and you can learn more about it and the rest of the Discover the World series, here.

Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers
Gloria Whelan
32 pages
Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
April 2008

Wiggens Learns His manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant is written by Leslie McGuirk and Alex von Bidder and is very reminiscent of the "Tucker" books, also by the pair (and they were adorable, so that's a good thing).

Wiggins is a Lab puppy that simply does not have proper manners. His owners aren't quite sure what to do until they are told to take Wiggins to a puppy class, guaranteed to rid him of his manner issues. Where is this puppy class? Well, at the Four Seasons Restaurant of course!

McGuirk writes quirky little stories with adorable dogs and the illustrations are quaint and sweet. Wiggens may also teach your little ones some manners too...always a plus!

Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant
Leslie McGuirk and Alex von Bidder
32 pages
Picture Book
August 2009

I LOVE Diane deGroat and she and Shelley Rotner have come up with this hilarious quirky book that is definitely giggle-inducing (and not just out of your kids!).

Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth! is a compilation of hilarious photographs featuring fifteen different dogs, showing just what they can do and what they can't. We have photos of a dog that can fetch a stick, but can't play baseball. One that can can howl at the moon, but can howl in a rockband. This is some funny stuff!

Paired with interactive foldout pages, this one is going to be a great choice for some silly time! There's a fun website devoted to the book too:

Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth
Diane deGroat and Shelley Rotner
32 pages
Picture Book
Orchard Books
August 2009

1 comment:

Well-Read Reviews said...

I haven't heard of these books! Thank you for the suggestions/reviews on these picture books! That Yuki one looks quite interesting. I love picture books on Japanese history (or Japanese folklore!)