Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wickle Woo Has A Halloween Party: Jannie Ho

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wickle-woo-has-a-halloween-party-nosy-crow/1118328701?ean=9780763674007 
Wickle Woo is having a Halloween Party . . .
but where are his friends?

In this book, totz will enjoy seeing a little owl named Wickle Woo plan a Halloween party. First he strides through the woods, wondering where his pals are. A tug of some "tiny tabs" reveals Lion and Bear, Rabbit and Tiger, and more, all agreeing to come to the party. 

I really like this tab-pulling format. Watch for more of these from Jannie Ho, including Teeny Weeny and Bunny Boo.

Jannie Ho is also the illustrator of What Does Cow Say? by readertotz co-founder Joan Holub.

Author-illustrator: Jannie Ho
Nosy Crow, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

A New Chick for Chickies: Janee Trasler

The Chickies are back!



And they...just got a brother who tends to join all their favorite activities, without an invite. But with a pause, the Chickies see they now have a conga line, a beach ball team, and a five-piece band. All is well until, "Craaack...Chickies got a brother. And another. And another. And another. Oh, brother!"

Janee Trasler's wit and art will win giggles from your totz. And be sure to listen in to the free song here. Thank you for another book about the beloved Chickies, Janee and HarperFestival!

A New Chick for Chickies
by Janee Trasler
HarperFestival, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book celebrates 18 years!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/boo-who-joan-holub/1111813844?ean=9780590059053
Published book and Joan's original illustrated dummy.

Happy Halloween, totz!
Readertotz co-founder Joan Holub celebrates
Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book
a Halloween riddle book for totz
published by Scholastic 18 years ago and still in print.

Guess who says boo?
(lift the flap)
A ghost!

Recently spotted by Joan's series co-author Suzanne Williams 
(Goddess Girls; Grimmtastic Girls; and Heroes in Training)
in Barnes and Noble:


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Visit to Dr. Duck: Rosemary Wells

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-visit-to-dr-duck-rosemary-wells/1118328687?ean=9780763672294
Felix overdoes it with the chocolate one night and wakes up feeling ill. Mama tries various remedies such as tea and fresh air, but Felix is still "not feeling perkier."

A visit to Dr. Duck is in order. But Felix is afraid.

His fears are soon soothed and the visit goes well with a check of his vitals, including ears and temperature. A dose of "Happy Tummy" does the trick, and by morning, Felix is his old self.

A reassuring book to help sooth totz' fears before a visit to the doctor. Sweet and tender, and just what the doctor ordered!

A Visit to Dr. Duck
Author-illustrator: Rosemary Wells
Candlewick Press (2014 board book edition)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TIme for Bed: Petr Horacek

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/time-for-bed-petr-horacek/1118476916?ean=9780763667795 
There's one page for each progressive "time", from playtime to bedtime and everything between for a full totz' day.

Time to play.
Time to put away my toys.

As you move through the book, the pages get smaller and smaller as the day comes to a close:

Time for a story.
And time to say good night.

With a turn of the last page, the covers are in place for a restful sleep.

A realistic comforting look at the "times" of a totz day that will lend comfort and enjoyment at a day's end.

Illustrated by the popular Petr Horacek of Suzy Goose and many other totz favorites.

Author-illustrator: Petr Horacek

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa! by Petr Horacek



Love this simple, straightforward lift-the-flap book. With the introduction of smaller and smaller barnyard animals, each page reduces in size (the flaps), until unexpectedly, the final spread utilizes all the previous cutaways to portray a cow. A fun surprise!

Of course Petr's art is fresh with a great, free pencil line, resist work, textured backgrounds, and splotches of bright color. All age totz will respond to this timeless board book.

HEE-HAW,
HEE-HAW,
says
the donkey.

Have fun sounding out each of the animals!

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!
by Petr Horacek
Candlewick Press, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Poetry Friday Classic: Singing, by Mary Blair



Here's a classic from Mary Blair's The Golden Book of Little Verses for Poetry Friday. Enjoy with your "young and round" readertotz.

Singing

When baby birds
Are round and young
Their thoughts like little
Chirps are sung.

And singing has
A bird-like sound
When boys and girls
Are young and round.

The Golden Book of Little Verses
by Mary Blair
Golden Books, 1953

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Color For Baby: Yana Peel

http://www.candlewick.com/cat.asp?browse=Imprint&mode=book&isbn=076367124X&bkview=p&pix=y



Introduce your babiez and totz (recommended ages 0 to 3) to well-known contemporary, modern, and impressionist artists. Four mini fold-out books come inside a box. Each is themed on red, yellow, green, or blue, and features famous works from Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, and Yves Klein, among others.

This is the third title in the Art for Baby series. Also check out Art For Baby and Faces For Baby. Love all of these books!

Yana Peel is the CEO of Intelligence Squared. In 2011, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received the Mont Blanc Award for Arts Patronage.

Color For Baby
Curated by Yana Peel
Big Picture Press (Candlewick Press)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Poetry Friday: Hello, I'm Johnny Cash



Watch for this beauty, lovingly created to honor Johnny Cash. G. Neri's free verse pairs beautifully with A.G. Ford's paintings. Here's an excerpt for Poetry Friday. Don't you hear Johnny's voice?

J.R. didn't know
what to do,
so he just started singing
the spirituals from
Jack's funeral,
and Momma
stopped crying
to listen.
J.R. kept singing
all afternoon,
letting his pain
pour out through
his high strong voice,
which carried for miles
across the fields
to the heavens above.

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash
by G. Neri
illustrated by A. G. Ford
Candlwick Press, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bizzy Bear's Big Building Book: Benji Davies

http://nosycrow.com/books/benji-davies/bizzy-bear-s-busy-building-day

Bigger than a typical board book at 9x9 inches (230 mm x 230 mm in the UK where Nosy Crow is located), Bizzy Bear's Big Building Book is super-sturdy with lots of moving parts. There's a wheel to spin which makes the drill appear to be turning. And a pull-tab to make the saw go back and forth. And plenty of flaps, big and small, to lift as bear and his friends build away. What are they making? A tree house that's got the most surprising moving part of all zooming from its top.

An engaging intro to basic tools that's sure to intrigue totz.

Bizzy Bear's Big Building Book
Author-illustrator: Benji Davies
Nosy Crow
September 2014