End of Week 1…
Thursday, September 27, 2012:
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska
All the little animals experience different types of quiet. Some happy, like storytime quiet, some sad, like being the last one picked up quiet, and some fun, like reading past your bedtime with a flashlight quiet. The illustrations in this book are warm and endearing and match the quiet rhythm of the text.
Why? by Richard Torrey
A super inquisitive boy wonders why people think he asks so many questions. The book goes through a day in his life, where he asks a million why questions like “why do feet stink?” and “why can’t I have a tail?”. Although there are no answers to Jack’s questions, kids can sympathize with him wanting to know why and will hopefully visit the library to find their answers!
A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss
In this story, the witch explains that witches don’t like humans because they aren’t green. Exploring their differences, little witch ventures out on halloween night and discovers that maybe humans aren’t so bad after all. Told in the form of text bubbles, this book is good to explain to people that just because you don’t look the same doesn’t mean there’s anything to fear. I took issue, though, with the fact that the witch had to be brave to talk to someone who didn’t look like her and was a human instead of a witch instead of treating them already as equals.
Barn Dance! by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Ted Rand
A book told in rhyme about a boy sneaking out to the party going on in the barn. I was a little disappointed by this book and more bored than I had hoped I would be. Usually Reading Rainbow picks grab me right away. Maybe if Levar Burton was reading it… 🙂
Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
The story of a little witch’s first flight. This story tries to be told in rhyme but I couldn’t get the cadence right. It felt a forced and the story wasn’t very captivating. The witch flies over a reservoir, which I thought was an interesting choice of backdrop.
Friday, September 28, 2012:
Who has these feet? by Laura Hulbert, illustrated by Erik Brooks
A neat book to share with a child which shows pictures of an animals’ feet and then you have to guess who’s it is. The next page describes a unique feature about their feet and how its used. For example, Polar bears have fur on their feet to help keep them from slipping on the ice. This book would be best used with pre-schoolers.
Bring on that Beat by Racel Isadora
A book of few words, this is an excellent introduction for children to jazz. Set against a backdrop of black and white illustrations, the colorful beats and rhythm of jazz pop on the page.
And then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner, illustrated by Holly Meade
This lengthy book tries to follow a pattern of “when… [insert fall characteristics like leaves changing colors] then… [insert action like make halloween decorations]”. There is a lot of text and a lot of information packed into each sentence, making the book feel more like a list of things you should do to get ready for halloween than a sharing of things you should do to get ready. The illustrations were wonderful, but the text left something to be desired.
The House That Witchy Built by Dianne de Las Casas, illustrated by Holly Stone-Barker
Based on The House That Jack built, this story adds spooky and halloween elements like bats and pumpkins and ghosts. Very cute and easily used with toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree by Mary Ann Fraser
A brother and sister find two tickets to the Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree where the sister spends most of her time looking for her brother. Ghosts and ghouls abound at the heebie-jeebie jamboree with some scary-ish illustrations. The text has playful puns that parents and older children will appreciate. This can also be shared one on one with an older pre-school child.