- Joose, Barbara. 2012. Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats. Ill. by Jan Jutte. New York: Philomel.
Each night, Old Robert counts "his regular things in their regular place"
Clean socksThings are always the same until the night a cat asks to come in. There was no room for a cat on Old Robert's boat,
my ship in the slip at the dock.
a slice of the silver moon.
And yet ...This is a delightfully, quirky story about Old Robert, his boat, and how one small decision can change a life (or two, or three, or ...). Illustrations by the Netherlands' Jan Jutte, give Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats a salty and silly air reminiscent of old comics (think Popeye or original Tin Tin) touched with whimsy. Comforting, repetitive refrains make this a great read aloud.
and yet ...
Old Robert said yes ...
... and the cat came in.
There is just something irresistible about Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats.
And there's apparently a song available, too, "Old Roberts Jig" by the Happy Racers.
- Elya, Susan Middleton. 2012. Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos. Ill. by Dan Santat. New York: Bloomsbury.
My husband has had a long and wonderful career in the fire department, so I'll admit some partiality to firefighter books, even ones that feature firefighters rescuing cats from trees. For the record, professional firefighters don't rescue cats from trees. They will, however, rescue animals from fires, and in Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos, a house fire traps a poor kitty on an upper floor,
Climbing up la escalera,See how easy that was? You're speaking Spanish. Even without the brightly colored double spread illustration of a firefighter on a ladder, hand extended with cat treats, you knew what it meant, and kids will too! The story rhymes, the meter's fine, and if you need help with pronunciation, it's all in the Glossary. All bias aside, I like it!
Coaxed by food in small pedazos,
kitten jumps to outstretched brazos.
- Kohuth, Jane. 2012. Duck Sock Hop. Ill. by Jane Porter. New York: Penguin.
I've been waiting to see this one, ever since I saw it on Fuse #8's Librarian Preview. As usual, Betsy Bird knows her stuff.
Warm up, wiggle,Short, fun, and simple with colorful illustrations surrounded by white space with minimal text on each page. Perfect for storytime, for toddlers, for reading aloud.
stretch your beak.
Duck Sock Hop
comes once a week.
And another song! This one comes with the free "Duck Sock Hop Bop," composed by Jeremy Stepansky, the author's cousin. I'm always game for singing, so I'll give it a try. Thankfully, children are such kind audiences.
And last but not least, a little beauty of a book,
- Isadora, Rachel. 2012. Bea at Ballet. New York: Penguin.
If you have or know a tiny ballerina, this book is a must!