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“Once when the world tipped upside down, the earth went blue and the sky went brown. All the baby animals tumbled out of bed and ended up with very funny moms instead.” These are the first two sentence in this clever and beautifully illustrated book, “Upside Down Babies.” We would all be a bit shocked to see a pig falling into a parrot’s nest. But just imagine how that parrot mom would feel. How about a polar bear landing in the desert next to her new mom, a camel. A cheetah faster than lightning ends up with a sloth, can anything be slower. This cheery book brings humor to each page as each mom is faced with unthinkable challenges gazing on their new babies. Of course, the world does turn around but the ending may surprise you as a few babies and moms actually are happier with their new arrivals.
This book is great for our toddlers as well as preschool children. Any adult would enjoy sharing this book with a group of children as well as a fun read one on one.
Davis – (Bev)
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Jon Klassen
Sam and Dave are on a mission to dig a hole in search of something spectacular. As they try to figure out the best strategy, the reader (and the knowing dog) see the big gems that the pair are missing. When they fall asleep and free-fall through the deeper hole, they end up falling from above, back to where they were before…or is it? With sepia-toned illustrations, spare text and the reader in the know, children will enjoy the surprise ending.
This story reminded of that child-like belief that you can dig a hole to China, and the illustrations brought to mind that classic, A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss. Enjoy!
Have you read all the Eric Hill Spot books multiple times and need something new? Here’s just the thing! Check out one of Viviane Schwarz’s three lift-the-flap, interactive stories featuring cats. The first, There Are Cats in This Book, introduces Andre, Moonpie and Tiny. Each is distinct. Tiny is small and red. Moonpie is given a blue, slender figure. Andre is a large yellow cat. The action begins on the cover of the book as the cats peek over the partial jacket. Once the book is open readers are in for chaotic fun with characters who speak directly to their audience…
Hello. Who are you ?… Are you nice ?… You look nice.”
and invite them to play along…
TURN/ THE/ PAGE! / You did it! You saved us. Phew!/
Can you dry us, too? / Just blow on the page
In There Are No Cats in This Book the three felines decide a vacation is in order. The cats want to escape the book to see the world. The same winning elements are at play in this follow-up book: flaps, bright colors and the dialogue between characters and audience. Readers will be glad the crazy cats safely return to their book pages so they can return in another episode.
Peeking over the half jacket again, Moonpie, Andre and Tiny ask, Is There a Dog in This Book? Indeed there is! A purple dog. As readers help the cats find the dog they also help the cats learn to love the dog. Readers will be moving furniture, peeking in closets and petting animals to assist the frenetic threesome and their new pal.
Whew! Readers who made it through all that craziness in one sitting need a break. Time to pet the cats and dogs.
Picnic by John Burningham
John Burningham’s books are some of my favorites. Simply written and simply illustrated, they are perfect for young children.
Picnic is a quiet story about a boy and girl who go out one day and meet their animal friends. Along the way they have a small adventure, as they are chased by Bull and the wind blows Sheep’s hat away. In the end, they all go home to bed. Children will love reading along and answering the questions in the text like, “Can you find Sheep’s hat?”
Reading with children every day is essential to their early literacy development, and talking about the story as you read is equally important. This particular book makes life easy for the parent because the story already includes interactive questions.
I hope you’ll share Picnic with your children, and that John Burningham’s books become some of your favorites too!
By Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Illustrated by Shane Prigmore
3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! The boy in this book is training to explore Planet Kindergarten on his very first mission. He checks his plans for the next day, gets his supplies with his mom, gets two thumbs up from the doctor, and prepares for lift off! It’s difficult to explore a strange new world on his own, but he doesn’t want his parents to worry, so he stands tall. His crew mates are all strange creatures. Though he’s dealing with many unusual crew members, the boy manages to make a new friend.
Planet Kindergarten is an outrageous space-themed adventure with lots of fun characters. If your child is a fan of space, or zany books, they’ll love reading this adventure. The illustrations are extremely colorful and fun, giving hints about the normal day behind the space mission. There’s even a few Star Trek references for the grown ups! You might consider reading it to prepare your little one for his or her own trip to kindergarten!
Recommended for ages 3-5.
The second adventure in The Chicken Squad series is just as much fun as the first. Chickens Dirt, Sugar, Poppy and Sweetie are back and they’re sillier than ever. In this story, a blue jay (or a weird blue chicken to the Chicken Squad) comes to the chickens for help. Someone has taken the blue jay’s house and the bird wants it back. Then the chickens realize that their brother Poppy is living in the jay’s house. Next a squirrel shows up and complains to the chicken squad about stolen acorns. The plot is now thickening and the chicken squad has two mysteries to solve. This is a hilarious chapter book, with adorable black and white illustrations. It is introduced and concluded by J. J. Tully, the retired search and rescue dog that lives in the same yard and keeps an eye on all of the chickens. This is a terrific new series by the author of many beloved picture books.
By Cornelia Funke
Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer
8-year-old Emma lives with her family in a little house by the sea. Being the only girl in a family with 4 pesky brothers means that Emma frequently needs some alone time. On just such a night, Emma and her dog Tristan sneak out of the house to watch the waves roll toward shore and dream of adventure and faraway lands. But what is that bottle bobbing in the waves? To Emma’s surprise her dreams seem to have come true as it contains a genie….but this is not an ordinary wish-granting genie like those in her storybooks. This genie (named Karim) has been imprisoned in his bottle by a more powerful evil genie. In fact, Karim is now quite small, powerless and incapable of granting any wishes at all. Is Emma up for the adventure she has always dreamed of? What will happen if she jumps on Karim’s magic carpet and flies off to his homeland to help him confront the evil genie? Join Emma and Tristan on their exciting magical journey. Believe me, you will enjoy the ride!
Colorful and whimsical illustrations accompany this fast–paced adventure that will make this the perfect reading experience for children in the early elementary grades who are just getting into the longer chapter books.
Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)
Mine! by Sue Heap
What parent has not heard the word “mine” from their young one? Amy is a typical young child who loves her blankie, her bear, her bird and her bunny, and is possessive of them all.
Sue Heap’s illustrations, set against white backgrounds, are colorful, expressive and full of energy. The font is large and the story nicely follows a child’s emotions. Luckily for all, the resolution is satisfactory and Amy shares her bird, now saying, “Mine AND yours.”