Saturday, September 25, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

I have a few of new books for you all this week. Enjoy!

Stalling by Alan Katz and illustrator Elwood H. Smith

I'm a big fan of Katz and his silly songs found in Take Me Out of The Bathtub. It's one that I always recommend when someone is looking for a really silly book for kids that aren't quite into the whole reading thing yet. This latest one is another that would a good choice for reluctant listeners, as it's a funny read and filled with great, mixed-media illustrations.

Dan is the master of stalling before bedtime and he goes through his huge list of all the things he has to do before getting ready to go to bed, like visiting the Nile, eating noodles, painting with glitter, and a whole bunch of other equally silly tasks. Some of the rhymes are a stretch, so as big group read aloud this might not be the best choice, but for those that are looking for a silly story about a kid that just doesn't want to go to bed, this is a great one.

I love mixed-media illustrations and these are really a fantastic use of that form. Each page includes drawings and photographs and other forms of art, making for an interesting visual mix.

Alan Katz
40 pages
Picture Book
Margaret K. McElderry
September 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh

A pair of mice build a teeter-totter and have fun balancing perfectly on it with each other. More animals come wanting a turn on the teeter-totter as well, making the act of balancing a bit more complex. As everyone works together, each one is able to enjoy themselves and have fun with the toy!

The illustrations remind me SO much of Leo Lionni's work, which is what made me want to review it in the first place. And then I realized that I recognized it from Mouse Paint! Never made the connection until I read the author blurb.

The story is really cute and super simple, perfect for those just moving out of the board book stage. The text is educational, working on the act of balance and all that fun stuff, but it's also a sweet read, with great illustrations.

I'll be gifting this one to several toddlers that I know!

Balancing Act
Ellen Stoll Walsh
32 pages
Picture Book
Beach Lane Books
September 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Animal House by Candace Ryan and illustrator Nathan Hale

What a fun book! In this one, we meet Jeremy, whose teacher, Mrs. Nuddles doesn't believe the stories he tells about his home being a true animal house, so she decides to make a home visit. And she is most certainly surprised when she realizes Jeremy was telling the truth about his armapillows, the floormingos, his homework-eating vulchair, and his kangaroom. 

Super silly! After reading the book, it would be fun to go through each page with your children and have them pick out the animals in each picture. Interactive AND giggle-worthy! And the illustrations are done by none other than Nathan Hale, which is, of course, fantastic!

Animal House
Candace Ryan
40 pages
Picture Book
Walker Books
September 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

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