Friday, September 17, 2010

September Picture Book Roundup

Here we go with another picture book roundup - 
a selection from the three bags just received at my branch.

Smith, Lane. 2010. It's a Book. New York: Roaring Brook.
Can it text? Blog? Scroll? Wi-Fi? Tweet?  No. It's a book.
Not quite appropriate for school visits (!) , but it may be the funniest picture book you'll read this year!  I can't stop laughing!

Wright, Michael. 2010. Jake Goes Peanuts. New York: Feiwel.

This one was on hold and left the branch on the same day it arrived.  I can see why some young peanut butter-loving child is anxious to read this one! Hilariously droll illustrations and a delightfully funny story about a boy who wants to eat nothing but peanut butter.  Luckily (?) for him, his parents decide to oblige, making everything out of peanut butter,
They dipped peanut butter crackers in their peanut butter soup.  Jake was eating so much peanut stuff, he made peanut butter poop.
A rhyming romp of peanuty fun!  Allergies?  No worries.  There's a "Peanut-Free Zone" at the school!

Agee, Jon. 2010. Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog. New York: Scholastic.

It's hard not to like Jon Agee.  His illustrations are classic, and he's got a great sense of humor.  Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog, however, may be just a little too difficult for most kids to "get."  The reader is introduced to Mr. Putney's animal friends, and has to guess the animal's name based on the illustrations and a short question,
Which friend of Mr. Putney's has cold feet?
The illustration does show Mr. Putney preparing to dive into the water carrying a large flower-sized box, and the chilly octopus is partially visible in the water, but I have to admit, I didn't guess "socktopus," before I turned the page (and that's one of the easier jokes).  As a matter of fact, in a quick run-through of the book, I only "got" 6 of the 20 jokes.  If you're planning to read this one at storytime, be prepared to give plenty of hints! Cute.

Frazee, Marla. 2010. The Boss Baby. New York: Beach Lane.

This baby is no little bundle of joy!  He’s the boss, and Mom and Dad know it! He runs the home like a tyrant - no time off, plenty of meetings, and round-the-clock demands.  He wants his perks too - time at the spa and the gym, drinks made to order.  When Mom and Dad are finally too worn out to comply with boss’s orders, something very surprising occurs!  The illustrations of the business-suited little tyrant (complete with diaper hatch!) add hilarity to an already funny book. Delightful!

and finally, a more thoughtful book ...

Raschka, Chris. 2010. Little Black Crow. New York: Atheneum.

A little boy sits on a fence and wonders about a passing crow,
Little black crow where do you go? Where do you go in the cold white snow?  Where do you go?
Through the boy’s series of poetically repetitive questions, we learn about the little black crow, but ultimately, more about the boy who questions it,
Do you ever worry when you hop and you hurry?  Are you ever afraid of mistakes you’ve made?  Are you never afraid?
Raschka’s watercolor illustrations evoke the simplicity and wonder of childhood.  Enchanting.

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1 comment:

  1. These titles all look great and I'll have to add them to my book order for my library. Thanks.


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