Saturday, January 16, 2010

Picture Book Satuday

It's been awhile since my last Picture Book Saturday and I'm hoping you're itching for some good reads (I know I was!). No theme today, just some random stories I've enjoyed over the last few weeks. Hope you find something you like!

Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Brendler and illustrator Ard Hoyt

Winnie Finn just loves earthworms and really wants to enter them into a category at the county fair. She knows every little thing to know about the worms and thinks she can win a prize for sure. Unfortunately, there is not a category for worms at the fair and everyone she asks about it thinks she's completely silly for even considering trying to enter worms! Well, Winnie is determined to get her beloved earthworms way or another!

Got a tomboy in your life? Winnie is a such a great character, standing up for herself (and for her love of earthworms) and showing pure determination in getting her point across. A spunky, strong girl that likes to dig in the dirt and play with worms!

The illustrations are adorable and help to depict Winnie just as I would see her in my head. Cute freckles, no-nonsense clothes, and a glint in her eye. They'll easily hold a child's attention during a read aloud.
Get this one for the young girls in your life...let them know it's ok to play with dirt and bugs (and it's even fun!). Boys will enjoy it too, Winnie's story is a lot of fun and filled with a great message.

Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
Carol Brendler
32 pages
Picture Book
Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
August 2009
Review copy received from publisher

Too Purpley! by Jean Reidy and illustrator Genevieve Leloup

This one had me cracking up, because I know a few children just like our main character. She's just a tad bit picky when it comes to what she wants to's either too prickly, too itchy, too matchy, or of course, too purply! She keeps going through outfit changes until she finds something that is "so comfy!"

So cute! Each page really stands out, due to Leloup's awesome, modern illustrations and our pig-tailed main character is adorable. I loved the "too matchy" page and the look on her face during the "too feathery" page will make your kiddos giggle.

Perfect for a read aloud with toddlers. The illustrations will help teach certain words, like what stripes are, the color purple, polka dots, etc. Again, very cute!

Too Purpley!
Jean Reidy
32 pages
Picture Book
January 2009
Review copy received from publisher

Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt and illustrator Kelly Murphy

Newbery Honor author Appelt has made me laugh with this new picture book! A sweet girl's entire world is flipped upside down when her new baby brother makes his appearance. She's no longer the center of attention and she's crying the Brand-New Baby Blues!

The illustrations are fantastic, but the story really runs this book. It's cute and rhyming, with the little girl occasionally singing the blues:

" 'Cause the good ol' days are over.
   It's official, it's the news!
   With my brand-new baby brother
   came the brand-new baby blues! "

It's adorable! Perfect as a gift for an older sibling expecting a new brother or sister or just as a fun read a loud with your family. Kathi Appelt is obviously not just talented in writing middle grade fiction!

Brand-New Baby Blues
Kathi Appelt
32 pages
Picture Book
December 2009
Review copy received from publisher

Bird Child by Nan Forler and illustrator Francois Thisdale

This is such a sweet and touching book. The topic of bullying is at the center of the story, with one girl being bullied and the other learning to find her wings and stand up to the bullies for her friend.

So beautifully written, with unique illustrations that will have you staring at the pages long after you've finished reading the words. Eliza and Lainey could be two girls in any school today, making this a realistic and discussion-provoking story.

Share with your older children and use as a jumping-off point to talk about bullying in their school.

Bird Child
Nan Forler
32 pages
Picture Book
August 2009
Review copy received from publisher

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Abby said...

I just read the great SLJ review of Too Purpley at work yesterday and I'm definitely ordering that one for our library. Sounds cute!

Becky said...

I didn't know Kathi Appelt had a new picture book out! I hope I can get my hands on it soon! I just love, love, love her Bubba and Beau series. Have you read any of those?!

Amanda said...

I haven't seen the Bubba and Beau series! I'll have to check out the library catalog and see if they have any...thanks for the tip!

The1stdaughter said...

Too Purpley is one I've had my eyes on for a while now and after your review it's going in my must read pile. Thanks! And Bird Child sounds incredible, like something that could apply to whole variety of situations with children. Thank you for your great reviews!