Saturday, March 19, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

No Sleep for the Sheep! by Karen Beaumont and illustrator Jackie Urbanovic

The sheep on the farm want nothing more than to get some rest, but the animal noises in the barn are keeping them very much awake! The ducks are quacking, the cows mooing, and the pigs oinking, making for a very noisy bedtime. 

Told in a repetitious form with lots of silly illustrations, this one would be great for storytime. The kids will be chanting along with you by the end and would make great assistants in the oinking, quacking, etc. Lots of silliness! Ooh and I love the cover on the front! It's a perfect example of just what you'll find in the pages. 

Get this author and illustrator together and you're bound to get a fun picture book! 

No Sleep for the Sheep!
Karen Beaumont
32 pages
Picture Book
March 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Pick a Pup by Marsha Wilson Chall and illustrator Jed Henry

I have a slight obsession with dog books, I know, but especially those that talk about rescuing and adopting from shelters. This one not only sends a great message to kids about how to find their perfect dog, it's cute and sweet at the same time. 

Sam is very excited to head to the city shelter to pick out a puppy, but isn't quite sure how to find the perfect dog. As he and his Gram walk down the street, Sam gets to experience all the different types of dogs his neighbors own, making him even more confused. But, when he gets to the shelter, one special dog picks SAM out!

It rhymes, the illustrations are adorable, AND it's about dogs. Great for those seeking a new pet for their family or those that just love a good dog story. Like ME!

Pick a Pup
Marsha Wilson Chall
32 pages
Picture Book
McElderry Books
February 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Follow Me by Tricia Tusa

I LOVE Tusa's illustrations and always seek out books that have pictures by her, so I was really excited to see one written and illustrated by her, coming out soon. It's a quiet book, which you all know I love, and it would make a sweet bedtime book. 

A young girl starts out on a swing set and ends up swirling through the different colors of her imagination. Beautiful pink, a blue sky, the green trees...until she finds herself drifting back home. There's a not a lot of meat to the actual story, but rather it's a flowing telling of a girl's wonderful imagination. 

Again, a nice bedtime book and one that adults will really enjoy along with their kids. The illustrations are soft and lovely and the text equally sweet. It's always nice to have one of these quieter books in your nightly pile!

Follow Me
Tricia Tusa
40 pages
Picture Book
April 2011
Review copy provided by publisher


Becky said...

These look great, Amanda! I love Jackie Urbanovic, so I'll have to see if I can find a copy of No Sleep for Sheep!

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Jes said...

Maddie Grace is loving Pick a Pup! Although, she has said on a couple of times occasions this week that she picks I forsee a shelter bulldog in my future :)