Picked up some old favorites and found a few new ones at the library last week.
The Library Dragon; Carmen Agra Deedy & Michael P. White; Peachtree Publishers, Ltd:
Have read this before with M and the book is just as entertaining the second time around. Also, M is a little older now and can understand it in newer ways. What do you think happens when the new librarian at a school is a real dragon…a fire-breathing, spiky-clawed creature who takes her job of guarding books way too seariously? Meet Ms. Lotta Scales, The Library Dragon. We don’t come across hilariously silly dark humor like this in children’s picture books too often, so don’t miss it.
Tidy Titch; Pat Hutchins: Titch’s tidy room inspires his older siblings to clean up their messy spaces. All seems to be going well until Titch takes a fancy to their hand-me-down toys and books. He ends up with not just their stuff, but also their mess. A simple, light-hearted tale sure to make you and your tot smile as you watch the mess shift from one room to another as you turn the pages. A situation M is very familiar with, which made the book all the more enjoyable.
The Trouble with Elephants; Chris Riddel: Elephants and huge and heavy and when you have one for a pet, you face all sorts of troubles. From bathtub water spilling over to all your covers being pulled away. But the real trouble is how easily they find their way into your heart. Like the Elephant and Piggie series, this book is a super choice for young babies and tots with its contrasting images, simple illustrations and minimal text. That doesn’t mean 4-year olds won’t enjoy it just as much though. Older kids who get the pictorial humor are sure to love this book even though it doesn’t have a plot or even a storyline. The pages sprinkled with rofl illustrations more than make up for it.
Five Little Ducks; Mary Gruetzke, Ivan Bates: Another long-time favorite that M picked out for yet another read. Everyone knows how great this book is for introducing numbers and counting concepts with repetition to little ones. But, it’s also a sweet tale of baby ducks reuniting with Mommy duck at the end of the day – a wonderful bedtime choice to relieve separation anxiety in your pre-schooler or to read to kids before you leave on a business trip. Also? Don’t miss the little details in the illustrations…look closely at what each distratced duck who doesn’t return home on time is doing and you’re ensured some bonus chuckles.
The Chicken of the Family; Mary Amato and Delphine Durand; Penguin Young Readers: Henrietta is the youngest of 3 girls and undoubtedly the chicken of the family, always bullied and teased by her older sisters. She isn’t too happy about it until she discovers that being a chicken isn’t so bad after all..and in fact, even better than being a little sister. M gives this book 3 clucks of approval.
My Preschool; Anne Rockwell; Henry Holt and Company: A warm and reassuring way to explore the experience of pre-school by walking in a little boy’s shoes for a day. We love the view from a child’s eyes complete with splodgy illustrations. Good to read with a child who is about to start pre-school or who’s feeling overwhelmed by the new experience. Also nice for sharing with an older child who remembers feeling that way and can relate to it now with new-found confidence.
Karadi Tales: Last but not the least, we went on a longish road trip over Thanksgiving weekend and part of it was made possible by Karadi Tales’ audio CDs and accompanying books. Very thankful for little mercies that keep the imp occupied in ways other than destroying upholstery or auditory experiments that put our drums to the ultimate test – not my favorite experience on the road. But give her a bunch of books and pop in the CDs and we’ve bought ourselves a bit of time to catch our breath before we begin answering her Qs again.
What picture books and children’s books have you been reading this week?