Saturday, October 23, 2010

Picture Book Saturday

Better late than never right? I've been enjoying this beautiful fall Saturday with my husband and dogs, cleaning up the yard, shopping, and my favorite thing of all: eating! Here are some fun books I read this week and think you'll like!

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor

Though most of the nursery rhymes in this book won't be new to you, the illustrations are what really sold me on this one. Each rhyme is matched with a fabric scene, stitched with thick, bright threads, and handmade people. Each appears to be made of mainly felt with some metal and wood embellishments, and a sequin here and there. They are SO beautiful! 

"Jack and Jill" is probably my favorite rhyme and fabric scene as the blue sky and green hills/trees are just so well done. There are white geese, a turquoise pond, and even a little wooden house where Jack goes to mend his crown. A note from the author/artist is included, where she explains her techniques for making each page.

Though most people tend to give Mother Goose books when gifting a nursery rhyme book, this one is going to be my new go-to. It's unique, contemporary, and tons of fun to look through. 

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Salley Mavor
72 pages
Picture Book/Nursery Rhymes
Houghton Mifflin
September 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

Other Goose: Re-Nurseried!! and Re-Rhymed Childrens Classics by J. Otto Seibold

Speaking of Mother Goose...

This book is so incredibly silly, your kids won't know what to do with themselves! Definitely for the older crowd, who already know the original nursery rhymes, these are the same characters in the original rhymes with whole new rhymes and stories behind them. 

Humpty Dumpty has nothing to do with a wall in this book, instead, he finds a bargain on shoes...and then proceeds to get that new shoe stuck in a hole, forcing him to leave it behind. Little Boy Blue blows a tuba, Old King Coal was a dreary old mole, and the old woman who lived in a shoe? No classy shoes for her, this chick lives in a sneaker!

Lots of fun and super silly, each page has bold, abstract, and most definitely modern illustrations accompanying the rhymes. I wasn't quite sold on the illustrations at first, but they ended up matching the rhyming style quite well. Again, great for the older kids who know the original rhymes or even a college student...what a quirky, "moving-up in the world" gift right?

Other Goose
J. Otto Seibold
80 pages
Picture Book/Nursery Rhymes
September 2010
Review copy provide by publisher


Sarah said...

I just got Pocketful of Posies at my library last week and like you, fell for it big time! I love the illustrations and the originality of the book.

Becky said...

Pocketful of Posies is one of my favorites of the year. It is so beautiful. I just LOVE the art! I'm glad you enjoyed it too!