Saturday, October 9, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

It's been two weeks since my last Picture Book Saturday (hello busy life!) and I'm glad to be back with a few fabulous choices for you this week. Hopefully you'll find something to enjoy with your family!

Ok, so please don't shoot me for this first one. I know that celebrity authors are typically a big no-no among us librarians/teachers, however, I really do like the children's books that Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell create. Sweet (and a bit sappy), they're just cute and fun. Not excellent read alouds, but really nice for a one-on-one read or for bedtime.

Their latest, My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story, is the telling of a little girl who truly loves her mommy and believes she can do absolutely anything in the world. Not only does her mommy hang the moon, but she writes all the books in the world, grows all the food, made tv, and brings down the rain. Mommy does everything!

Cornell's illustrations are beautiful and the writing is tender and love-filled. The story definitely sounds child-like and is quite possibly just what most children believe of their mommies! A really nice choice for a bedtime reading or for a baby gift.

My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story
Jamie Lee Curtis
40 pages
Picture Book
September 2010
Review copy received from publisher

Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer

Woohoo! Another Olivia! I've always been an Olivia fan and though this one isn't my favorite of the series, I thought it was definitely worth mentioning, especially for those that aren't familiar with the cute little pig.

In this latest adventure, Olivia and her family head to Venice where she is surrounded by pizza, gelato, and beautiful sites. The reader is treated to all the famous places in Venice, like the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco (and even the pigeons!), all while Olivia is on a mission for the perfect souvenir.

Olivia is a charming character and a strong-willed personality that little girls AND little boys will relate to. Falconer's mixed-media illustrations are awesome as usual, though on one page Olivia is sleeping and she has "Xs" for eyes making her appear dead. Not a fan of that page. Other than that, superb!

The Olivia series is great for toddlers and preschoolers!

Olivia Goes to Venice
Ian Falconer
48 pages
Picture Book
September 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

And my favorite selection of the week? Birdy's Smile Book by Laurie Keller.

I had a huge smile on MY face while reading through this adorable book. Birdy tells us all the ways in which having a smile on your face is important...and in such a silly way that you can help but giggle your way through the pages. We learn about the way Birdy's friends smile and what smiles mean to different people. Ohhh...and the best part? Broccoli is the only thing in the world that will wipe a smile off your face. In case you were wondering!

Such a fun, cute book, with great illustrations. A mirror is include on the last page for little ones to practice their own smiles. Birdy is kind of all over the place with her thoughts on smiles, but I thought that was part of the fun of it. Lots of puns, quirkiness, and fun.

Birdy's Smile Books
Laurie Keller
40 pages
Picture Book
Henry Holt
September 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

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