Saturday, August 14, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

Another week has gone hard to believe isn't it? Though I'm very much ready for Fall to set in, I still can't quite believe how fast the summer has flown by.

I received these two books this week and really enjoyed both. If you have a silly child that likes silly stories or a younger kiddo that likes bears, you're all set this week!

Bears! Bears! Bears! by Bob Barner

The illustrations are the real star of this one, but the actual story is fun too. Through simple rhymes, we get to learn about all sorts of different bears and their habits/environments/etc. We learn that giant pandas eat bamboo, sloth bears cling close to their mamas, and grizzly bears fish with their paws. All accompanied by some pretty awesome illustrations.

The last few pages include extra information on the bears, as well as a map of the world, pinpointing where you'll find each species. A nice little "extra" that also introduces younger children to non-fiction.

Between the illustrations and the rhymes, this was a pretty great book for such a short and simple story. I have a nephew that LOVES bears, so I know this will be going on the list for him. A nice choice for kindergarten/first grade classrooms as well.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

Bears! Bears! Bears!
Bob Barner
32 pages
Picture Book
Chronicle Books
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Don't Call Me Pruneface! by Janet Reed Ahearn and illustrator Drazen Kozkan

One word: hilarious. I can totally picture my former boss (and great friend, who just may be blogging...) reading this aloud to her storytime group. She could do Paul's sarcastic tone quite well!

So, Paul is a nice kid and his new neighbor Prudence is very much not. She's snotty, a bully, and has a nasty cat...not exactly great neighbor material in Paul's opinion. Paul decides to give Prudence one week to change his mind about her and when her week is up, he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The result? Not what you think!

Grandma's one liners are great and the slightly retro illustrations add to the fun. I really liked that the bully was a girl for once, verbally beating up on a boy, rather than the other way around, not to mention the cat being mean to the dog. A nice change of pace from the usual "boy beats up boy" and "dog eats cat."

This would make a great read aloud (especially if you have Miss Ami as your storyteller...she's good at this stuff!).

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

Don't Call Me Pruneface!
Janet Reed Ahearn
32 pages
Picture Book
August 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

You made me spit coffee! Why on earth you would think sarcasm and then think me is completely unfathomable.

CoffeeShopBloggers said...

I haven't read either book so I am looking forward to tracking them down!

Pragmatic Mom