Saturday, March 27, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

Some fabulous choices for you this week! Hopefully you'll find something to enjoy with your family!

A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and illustrator Linzie Hunter

Now, you all know my obsession with dog books and I just have to throw this new favorite in there. This girl, Amelia, is absolutely hysterical in the way she gets her hands on just the dog she wants. Seriously, you adults will find yourself chuckling the entire way through, as Amelia gets more clever and daring in her quest for a dog, while you're kids will be cheering her along the entire way through the book.

A fantastic choice for a read aloud with an attention-grabbing story, lots of humor, bold illustrations, and of course, cute dogs!

Overall rating: 5 out of 5
One of my favorite picture books of the year!

A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
32 pages
Picture Book
Little, Brown
January 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Noah's Bark by Stephen Krensky and illustrator Roge

Another funny one for you! Here we get to look at the challenges Noah faced while building the ark and surviving the flood, including the insanity of noise made by the pigs howling, elephants hissing, the beavers crowing, and snakes quacking. Sounds silly right? Noah gets fed up with the chaotic noise and puts slips of paper with different animal sounds in a kangaroo's pouch and allows each animal to choose their noise. And that's how today we have snakes hissing, pigs oinking, and dogs barking.

So cute! And though this is obviously a Biblical story, this is not a book with religious overtones or messages. It's just a silly story about animals and their zany noises! Another stellar read aloud that will leave your kids giggling.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

Noah's Bark
Stephen Krensky
32 pages
Picture Book
Carolrhoda Books
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen and illustrator Stephane Jorisch

Seriously, I don't think Jane Yolen sleeps. This woman churns out more books in a year than any other author I know (except of course James Patterson, but Yolen's are actually quality ;). So this is my "sweet" choice of the week, showcasing a quieter, not-so-silly story.

A small child is impressed with all the "things" his father knows, like seven words for blue, all the stars and planets, the names of dogs, and so many other things he could never keep track. His dad seems to know everything and the wonderful part about a father that knows a lot is that dad teaches it to him, little by little.

Not a whole lot of plot to this story, but the message is very sweet and the illustrations accompany it perfectly. I would love for this to be a daddy/child bedtime read and can see it starting a discussion about all the things your child's daddy knows. Very cute!

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

My Father Knows the Names of Things
Jane Yolen
32 pages
Picture Book
Simon & Schuster
April 2010
Review copy received from Kids Can Press

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Happy Birthday Author said...

Just read Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose to my kids before bed. They loved it. It is a very clever book.