Saturday, May 15, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

Some random reads I enjoyed this week. Hopefully you find something to enjoy with your own family!

That Cat Can't Stay by Thad Krasnesky and illustrator David Parkins

It's mom and the kids vs. dad! Mom keeps adopting stray cats, much to the kids' delight, and Dad keeps saying no with sillier and sillier reasons each time. The text rhymes extremely well, flowing nicely and repeating the perfect parts over and over again. Your kids will probably be repeating it back to you by the end.

David Parkins' illustrations were an excellent fit for the silly story, making me chuckle even more along the way. Great facial expressions on all, including the animals!

Read this one out loud to your kids or use it for storytime. Great read aloud!

Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Flashlight Press has impressed me again!

That Cat Can't Stay
Thad Krasnesky
32 pages
Picture Book
Flashlight Press
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Goal! by Mina Javaherbin and illustrator A.G. Ford

A sweet, uplifting story with amazing illustrations, this one would be great for a unit on bullying, or as a supplement to learning about customs in South Africa. The main character and his friends play a game that children in the U.S. are knowledgeable on, while dealing with bullies in a calm and mature manner.

The illustrations are what really take the cake in this book. Reminiscent of work by Kadir Nelson, I couldn't stop looking at the beautiful pages. The story is certainly not exciting or funny, but it most definitely is inspirational and discussion-provoking.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

Mina Javaherbin
40 pages
Picture Book
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah, with Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Tricia Tusa

I must admit, I was a bit skeptical about the Queen writing a children's book, but was very pleasantly surprised with the final result. Beautiful writing, sweet story, and fantastic illustrations courtesy of Tusa.

With the subtlety underlying metaphor of "intolerance leads to war," the book would be great for both starting a discussion on accepting one another's differences OR just a simple read between families. The message is not so "in-your-face" that kids will pick up on it right away, so you can chose whether to bring it up or not.

Probably one of my favorite books of the year so far.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Go Queen Rania!

The Sandwich Swap
Queen Rania Al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio
32 pages
Picture Book
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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Peaceful Reader said...

Thanks for the good reviews. I wouldn't have thought the Queen's book would have amounted to much so I'm glad to hear different. I love the illustrations of Tricia Tusa!

Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

Three I am making order cards for. I love Kadir Nelson, have always been intrigued by Queen Rania, and the kittens...well, you know me! In fact, we ended up with an extra kitten yesterday, and this morning we smuggled it into Grandma's kennel with her other two. SHE HASN'T NOTICED YET! Nothing starts a week off like a successful practical joke:)