Wednesday, June 24, 2009
What Can You Do with a Rebozo? ¿Que Puedes hacer con un Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla. What can you use to dress up, play hide and seek, carry a baby, and dance? In this playful celebration of a vibrant culture, a young Mexican American girl explains all the things she can do with a rebozo, a traditional Mexican shawl. The lively rhyme and illustrations celebrate a warm cultural icon that, with a little imagination, can be used in many different ways. With imagination you can do almost anything with the rebozo! This bilingual book is a real gem!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Your pal Mo Willems presents Leonardo the Terrible Monster, a fantastic tale of a truly terrible monster. However, Leonardo isn't terrible in the traditional sense--he doesn't strike terror into anyone actually. He's more terrible in the way it might mean "lousy." He's pretty ashamed of himself, for the fact he isn't big, or weird, or scary. He's doesn't have 1,642 teeth. He's actually kind of cute. But Leo has a plan: "He would find the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world... and scare the tuna salad out of him!" After thorough research, Leonardo pinpoints his victim--a little boy named Sam, seemingly always on the verge of tears. But he's not scared of Leonardo either! Perhaps Leonardo might be a terrible monster, but he could be a wonderful friend to Sam.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Banjo Granny by Sarah Martin Busse and Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Barry Root. This book is dedicated to “grannies everywhere…and to grandbabies everywhere.” It is a sort of tall tale. Granny, our banjo pickin’ hero, encounters a number of obstacles on her way to visit her grandson, Owen (who loves bluegrass music). These obstacles are in the form of natural barriers, such as a river, a desert, and a mountain. Granny overcomes them with the aid of her banjo and, of course, her love for her grandson. The river, desert, and mountain are personified as Granny invites them to listen to the song of her grandson “who goes wiggly, jiggly, all-around giggly, and tip over tumble for bluegrass music.” We catch glimpses of Owen when visiting birds inform him of the progress of his granny. When Granny and Owen are united in person, they sing "wop-a-doosy, lap-a-daisy doo!" The book includes lyrics and music to "Owen’s Song," in the bluegrass style.
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. Beautifully illustrated in its simplicity. The Little House sits on a hill surrounded by trees and flowers and all of nature's splendor in the countryside. Through the seasons you see the little house in the varying light and settings. The little house is content but becomes lonely as the family spend less time there. Gradually, the surroundings change, as technology takes hold. Buildings go up, trams or trains start coming and going, pretty soon it's the hustle and bustle of a large town or small city. The little house seems to shrink and decline more and more, and becomes really lonely and sad as the owners have forsaken their former home. Finally the little house is "rescued" by a descendant of the family and carried back to the countryside. Even though it's a different hill in a new location, the little house looks brighter and happier, and once again enjoys the loving care of a family in the beautiful countryside.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox and illustrated by Lydia Monks. When a Prince spies Rapunzel high in a tower he thinks he can rescue this girl of his dreams the traditional way. But Rapunzel isn’t traditional, and she mishears him, and throws down everything but what the prince asks for, until the end. Rapunzel finally does throw down something that makes the prince happy. “I’m glad I finally heard him right!” thinks Rapunzel at the surprise ending to this funny tale of happily ever after.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. When Mouse goes walking in the Deep Dark Woods, he runs into Fox, Owl, and Snake... and they all want to eat him! Clever Mouse scares them off by warning them about the terrible Grufflalo, a monster who has "terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws." When they hear that a Gruffalo’s favorite foods are “roasted fox,” “owl ice cream,” and “scrambled snake,” the predators scamper away. Mouse laughs at their foolishness: "Silly old snake! Doesn't he know? There's no such thing as a Gruffalo!"...Or is there? How will Mouse save himself when a Gruffalo really does appear, complete with purple spikes, a warty nose , and an appetite for mouse on bread?
Duck Soup written and illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic. This is a very entertaining story about Duck, who loves to cook, mainly soups. He cooks for his friends and does not always make the most appetizing meals, such as cracker barrel cheese and marshmallow soup, and fish soup with curry and pickled lemon. One day he decides he wants to create his very own soup with his very own special recipe. He wants to be a great chef. His friends arrive and they can't find Duck. They look in the kitchen and they see the soup Duck is preparing and there is a feather floating on top. OH NO!!!! Did Duck fall in? His friends panic and are determined to find out. They rush and get out the strainer. Join the fun as Dakota, Brody and Bebe try to rescue Duck. Will they succeed or will Duck become Duck Soup?
Not every little girl wants to play princess and dress-up. Violet, in Violet the Pilot, by Steve Breen, is much more interested in turbo engines than tiaras. With the help of her pup, Orville, Violet works as hard as she can to follow her dreams of building the best and most creative airplanes in the world. When kids in her class make fun of her for her obsession with machines, Violet decides to show everyone just how amazing her new airplane is. But along the way, things work out a little differently, and Violet gets to see how good it is to just be yourself, and to be proud of all you do. With beautiful and funny pictures that tell the story just as much as the words, this will be a wonderful book for little girls or boys who think outside the box.
When you’re a kid, being different can be hard. Freckleface Strawberry, written by Julianne Moore, and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, tells the story of a little girl with red hair, and freckles from head to toe. Tired of being the only freckle face in her class, Freckleface Strawberry tries everything from markers to ski masks to hide those dots. But by the end of the story, Freckleface Strawberry decides that maybe having freckles isn’t so bad after all. With illustrations and dialogue that really seem to capture the thoughts and expressions of kids, Freckleface Strawberry is a great story that shows that being different doesn’t matter all that much when you like who you are.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Korgi is a delight of worldless graphic novel for children, brought to us by former Disney animator Christian Slade. In it, we are introduced to a colorful cast of characters--all sorts of magical specimens--awaiting us in Korgi Hollow. There's the mollies, small woodland folk, like Ivy, our diminuative heroine, and the Korgis (which uncoincidentally resemble our Pembroke Welsh Corgis), like Sprout, Ivy's constant companion. One day Sprout chases a winged insect out of the Hollow and Ivy of course follows. They're happy to explore the unfamiliar territory until they're abducted by a gang of decidedly unpleasant creatures. How will this seemingly normal girl and her dog escape? Well it turns out Ivy and Sprout has a few tricks hidden up they're sleeves... The best part: this book is just the beginning of more adventures to come!
Monkey With a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem. Where would we be without tools to help us fix things and solve problems? Chico Bon Bon, a monkey who lives in a tree house, has a noisy problem he wants to fix. The trouble is, Chico can hear the problem, but he can’t find it! So what does Chico do? He uses his tools, because with his tool belt, Chico can do anything! Enjoy author Chris Monroe’s humor and intricate illustrations in this second adventure with Chico Bon Bon, the clever monkey.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Every kid wants a pet. But which pet will be best for the family? This is the question posed in the book What Pet to Get? written and illustrated by Emma Dodd. In the story, Jack tries to convince his Mom that a polar bear might be a great pet. Luckily Mom reminds Jack that polar bears don’t like central heating. Dinosaurs are out too, due to being extinct. “What a shame,” says Jack. The book progresses through a series of animals, with wonderfully bright illustrations that seem to pop off the page. At the end of the story, Jack and his Mom work out a compromise that delivers quite a pet into their lives.
Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming. This bug book has great boy appeal! Beetles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and in only a few words this book tells many facts about them. The eye-catching pictures are sure to be a hit with all bug enthusiasts.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Uno: Blue Ribbon Beagle by Stephanie Spinner. I found this book when I was looking for some early readers and immediately fell in love with Uno. Uno is a little 15 inch beagle that won the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in February 2008. This wonderful non-fiction book tells all about Uno’s life, training, and his family. With adorable pictures it is a must read for anyone who loves dogs or wants to learn more about showing their dog.