Saturday, March 5, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

Whew! What a morning! The husband and I did a commissary run, which takes up more than half the day. It's awesome to save the money on groceries (around here you wouldn't believe the difference!), but it's more than exhausting. I really do miss living on a base for that reason. 

Today I have three new titles for you, all very cute!

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party by Melanie Watt

I think this is the 5th Scaredy Squirrel book and it's definitely a great one to read in birthday party anticipation!

Since Scaredy Squirrel is so scared of everything, he decides that planning his own birthday party with himself as the only guest is best, so as not to encounter anything scary along the way. Lots of planning goes into the extravaganza-for-one, until Scaredy has a change of heart and decides to invite a special guest. And what was supposed to be a party for one, turns into a party for many!

Melanie Watt's cartoonish illustrations are perfect for the layout of this story, with lots of lists, checkmarks, arrows, and schedules. Not the best for a big group read aloud, as there is lots of extra "stuff" on the pages, but it would be great for reading to your kids, especially if a birthday party is in the works!

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
Melanie Watt
32 pages
Picture Book
Kids Can Press
February 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack and illustrator Henry Cole

Ever wonder how much emotional damage a single peacock could do to a farm in the country? Wonder no more, my friends! 

When a peacock shows up one day, the farm animals are instantly sent into a tizzy. Things get even more complicated when the peacock starts attracting lots of visitors to the farm, making the hens feel upstaged! Egg laying is hard work, but those hens are are definitely under-appreciated and are determined to do something about it! 

The illustrations are very silly and nice and bright. Impressive on the covers and the inside covers as well. It's always a treat to see the illustrators go the extra mile to make their book special. 

Definitely a fun read aloud!

Three Hens and a Peacock
Lester L. Laminack
32 pages
Picture Book
Peachtree Publishers
March 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett (I couldn't find a cover image to fit the page!)

Always an impressive picture book creator, Blue Chameleon is a simple book that manages to be funny, beautifully illustrated, AND basic. 

Our main character, a lonely chameleon, really wants to meet some friends. Unfortunately, with each friend he meets (and changes to look just like, as chameleons do), he finds they aren't exactly a match for being the best of friends. Until, of course, he comes across another, colorful, chameleon!

Though fairly simple, readers can start to learn about colors, shapes, and pattern from all the different things the chameleon turns into on his journey to find a friend. The illustrations appear to be done with crayon and are gorgeous! 

Great even for toddlers. 

Blue Chameleon
Emily Gravett
32 pages
Picture Book
Simon and Schuster
March 2011
Review copy provided by publisher


Sarah said...

Woo! New Scaredy Squirrel. I enjoy those books.

Jes said...

Blue Chameleon sounds similar to A Color of His Own which has been a wonderful book for Nate :)