Saturday, October 29, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

A Dog is a Dog by Stephan Shaskan

A dog is a dog right? Not if it's a cat. Or a squid. Or a moose! Imagine that! Silliness definitely plays a huge role in this new picture book, from the funny storyline to the bright (and sometimes downright devilish) illustrations, your kids will love shouting out what they think the next animal will be...and you can laugh when they're wrong. ;)

If you're looking for a great read aloud, this is definitely one to pick up next time you're at the bookstore or library. A lot of fun, with excellent rhyming and a bit of quirkiness drawn into the illustrations. A really nice choice to liven up story time and stray away from the same old reads.

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 A Dog is a Dog
Stephan Shaskan
40 pages
Picture Book
Chronicle
9780811878968
October 2011
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Mustache! by Mac Barnett and illustrator Kevin Cornell

Arrogant King? Definitely. Duncan is more concerned with his appearance than maintaining his kingdom and keeping the citizens happy. He stars at himself in mirrors all day and even when the people protest for better roads or safer slides for children (the protest signs are quite humorous), the King's answer is to hang a giant poster of himself on the castle wall, for the kingdom to "enjoy."

A sneaky royal subject begins to gain revenge by painting mustaches all over the King's beloved billboards, enraging Duncan and creating some pretty silly results in the kingdom.

This one was a cute read for your older kids. The illustrations are definitely the standout portion of this story. Make sure you peruse the page for awhile to take in all the great details!

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Mustache!
Mac Barnett
40 pages
Picture Book
Disney Hyperion
9781423116714
October 2011
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A House in the Woods by Inga Moore

My quieter choice of the week comes from the amazing Inga Moore. I know her work through the gorgeous illustrations she has done for The Secret Garden and The Wind in the Willows, but this one is definitely cute, making a great gift book.

Friendship rises high, as four unlikely friends, two pigs, a bear, and a moose, decide that instead of living in separate houses, they would all be much happier in one big house! The enlist the help of a pack of beavers to build them the home of their dreams and when it's complete, the foursome couldn't be happier. They can now spend their evenings together having dinner and relaxing by the fire.

Nothing incredibly exciting happens in this story, but every once in awhile we all need a "slow it down" story. This would make a great bedtime read, especially with the soft, beautiful illustrations. I loved it!


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A House in the Woods
Inga Moore
48 pages
Picture Book
Candlewick Press
9780763652777
November 2011
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1 comment:

Sarah said...

That's so funny! I did a Dog is a Dog today to for my first ever picture book Saturday!