Saturday, September 24, 2011

Picture Book Saturday: New books from favorite authors

Three of my favorite picture book authors have new books popping up right about now and I know you all are fans of some of these too. Enjoy!

The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker and illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton

This is the third installment in this adorable series featuring Bear and Mouse. Bear is his usual grumpy self, though he also happens to have a very bad cold, making him even grumpier. Mouse, always overeager in his willingness to help, makes Bear snippier and grouchier, until of course, Mouse starts to feel yucky and the roles are reversed.

These books are always cute and sweet with soft illustrations that make them perfect for bedtime reading. The silly relationship between Bear and Mouse is definitely giggle-worthy, great for storytimes with toddlers.

Other books in the series include A Visitor for Bear, A Bedtime for Bear, and the early reader A Birthday for Bear

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The Sniffles for Bear
Bonny Becker
32 pages
Picture Book
Candlewick Press
September 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson and illustrator Jane Chapman

Karma Wilson's "Bear" books are some of my favorite to read aloud. The rhymes are always done really well in terms of flow and the silliness of the story comes through perfectly.

In this latest Bear installment, poor Bear has a loose tooth! He's worried about what it means to have a loose tooth, until his faithful friends come to his rescue, as they always do. If you've read the other stories, you'll know Bear is a big worrywart and his friends are always there to comfort him and make him feel better.

Just enough silliness for some giggles and a touch of that sweetness I love in picture books. These books are great to read aloud with your family or for a storytime. I highly encourage checking out the others in the series, as well as Karma Wilson's other titles. She has a lot!

Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up, Bear Feels Scared, Bear Feels Sick, and Bear's New Friend.

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Bear's Loose Tooth
Karma Wilson
40 pages
Picture Book
McElderry Books
August 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

Poor chicken has some very excited (and slightly hyper) friends visiting, all of whom insist on jumping on his couch! Well, first they jump, then they dance, then they wiggle, etc. Each time Chicken scolds them for messing around on the couch, they happily stop...but begin again with an equally raucous manner of play.

Very silly with bold, fun illustrations and great text. Books by Jan Thomas are awesome to read to a group of 3-4 year olds, as they are still enthralled with the illustrations and love the hilarity of the words. This one isn't my favorite (that would go to Can You Make a Scary Face?), but it's still a lot of fun.

Others by Thomas include: Can You Make a Scary Face?, Rhyming Dust Bunnies, and A Birthday for Cow, along with a whole bunch of other fun ones!

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Is Everyone Ready for Fun?
Jan Thomas
40 pages
Picture Book
Beach Lane
September 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

1 comment:

Abby said...

THANK YOU for this post! I didn't realize that Sniffles for Bear was coming out and added it and the Jan Thomas to my order.