Saturday, February 26, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

I have three great books for you all this week. Enjoy!

Noodle and Lou by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrator Arthur Howard

A worm and a bird are best friends...who would have thought? This is an adorable read aloud that has fantastic pictures, a great flow, and a really cute story. The whole package! 

Noodle gets down on himself for not being as cool as Lou's other friends. Lou is there by his side to cheer him up and remind Noodle of all the great qualities he does have. A great friendship story combined with the message of being yourself. 

Great for a read aloud!

Noodle and Lou
Liz Garton Scanlon
32 pages
Picture Book
Beach Lane Books
March 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Jam and Honey by Melita Morales and illustrator Laura J. Bryant

The cover of this one is what initially pulled me (look at that hair...and that adorable nose!!), but the story is just so sweet, I had to share. 

Lots of young children (and adults) are afraid of bees, but in this story, you get both sides of the picture. A little girl on her way to collect berries to make jam, finds herself confronting a bee. Later on, we see things from the bee's side, allowing for the reader to see that bees don't actually want to hurt us. They're just doing a job too!

The text flows very nicely, in almost a sing-songy manner and the illustrations are beautiful. A great story to accompany teaching kids about bee fears or just as a sweet family read. 

Jam and Honey
Melita Morales
32 pages
Picture Book
Tricycle Press
January 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Raj the Bookstore Tiger by Kathleen T. Pelley and illustrator Paige Keiser

Kids seem to love books about books as much as us adults do! Libraries and bookstores are big setting hits and add a cat in the mix and it's a pretty definite crowd pleaser.

This is another friendship story, as Raj has to make nice with a new feline addition to his bookstore. At first, the new cat scares Raj and convinces him that he's not actually a tiger, but just a plain old kitty. As the pair slowly warm up to each other though, they realize that spending their days together snuggling kids during storytime, warming themselves in the window, and reading books is much better than doing those things alone.

I did think the book was a little long. A bit wordy. However, the concept is cute and the illustrations are fun. I think kids will enjoy it!

Raj the Bookstore Tiger
Kathleen T. Pelley
32 pages
Picture Book
February 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

1 comment:

Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

These all look adorable! Making order cards!