Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mini Myths: Joan Holub and Leslie Patricelli

 
 
I've been waiting for this pairing of awesome: our own readertotz' Joan Holub and Leslie Patricelli! It doesn't get better!

Mini Myths is their series collaboration releasing September 16th. Play Nice, Hercules! and Be Patient, Pandora! are the first to pub. Following Joan's hit series with Suzanne Williams, Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training, Joan was primed to translate myths for totz. And she does it so well! Tight language conveys the essence of both Pandora and Hercules. Following a dear concluding truth, each book ends with a short synopsis of the myth itself.

Leslie's illustrations bring new beloved characters to board books, but you will recognize her infectious style from her Baby books. How fun to have more to love.

You will treasure these gems as they bring myths to your totz with heartfelt truths. Wonderful! Thank you, Joan and Leslie!

Be Patient, Pandora!
Play Nice, Hercules!
by Joan Holub
illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
Abrams Appleseed, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Growl! Growl!: Sebastien Braun

http://nosycrow.com/books/can-you-say-it-too-series
A combination "I Spy" and "Say the animal sound" board book that's a hit with two totz on my block. They see part of an animal, then lift the flaps to see the entire creature. Then they make its noise. Oodles of fun for them and they were mesmerized by the bright artwork.

One of four titles in the Can You Say It, Too? series, along with Moo! Moo!, Woof! Woof!, and Roar! Roar!

12 pages, ages 9 months and up.

Growl! Growl!
Author-Publisher: Nosy Crow
Illustrator: Sebastien Braun
2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Poetry Friday: i haiku you



If you follow my personal blog, you know I am a haiku fan, often writing ekphrastic works. How about a collection of love haikus to share with your totz? I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder is a little gem with quaint, light illustrations. Happy Poetry Friday!

love is in the air-
every time our hearts meet up,
i get butterflies

i haiku you
by Betsy Snyder
Random House, 2012

Monday, July 28, 2014

Daddy Wrong Legs: Nina Laden



Get ready for a giggle with Nina Laden's split board book, Daddy Wrong Legs. There are so many daddies and so many differently shaped legs, how can you not mix-and-match a spider, elephant, frog, and a human daddy?

Nina's gouache renderings continue in the cheerful style of Peek-a Who? and Ready, Set, Go! The rhyming text adds to the fun of this interactive read.

Wrong legs
Long legs
Strong legs
Dog legs

Enjoy a laugh with your totz, Moms and Dads!

Daddy Wrong Legs
by Nina Laden
Chronicle Books, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diane Muldrow: How Do Lions Say I Love You?

http://www.amazon.com/Lions-Love-Little-Golden-Book/dp/0449812561/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397934153&sr=1-1&keywords=how+do+lions+say+i+love+you
--> A rhyming book about how animals communicate their love for one another. I like that the author slipped in some nice teaching moments about animal behavior. It’s a soft, sweet story, many totz will enjoy.

Giraffes say I love you

with their necks so long.

The nightingale sings

It in a beautiful song.

I love this wonderful learning moment for totz!:
Horses say I love you

by sharing their air.

A traditional Golden Book with paper pages, but this could definitely be reformatted as a board book.

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Author: Diane Muldrow
Illustrator: David Walker

Friday, July 11, 2014

Poetry Friday: It Rains, It Pains



Another from I Saw Esau! Happy Poetry Friday!

It rains, it pains,
It patters, it docks,
It makes little ladies
Take up their white frocks.
The rain is done,
The wind is down;
Put on your best,
And go to town.

 I Saw Esau, The Schoolchild's Pocket Book
Edited by Iona and Peter Opie
Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Candlewick Press, 1992

Monday, July 7, 2014

What's in Your Purse? by Abigail Samoun



Oh, the fun of looking through Grandma's purse when you are a tot. I remember! Do you? How about What's in Your Purse? by Abigail Samoun? The fresh lift-the-flap let's you peek through Mommy's, Grandma's, Auntie's, Sister's, and a child's purse. The distinguishing items are great, from Sis's cell and diary, to Auntie's passport. Clever questions encourage the reader to explore more. Where has Auntie visited? What's the book Grandma's reading?

My surprise was to look in the child's purse and discover Emily and Sarah's tic tac toe, and sleepover invite. My daughter is named Emily and her bestie is Sarah. I have to recommend this work!

Nathalie Dion's soft illustrations are filled with pattern and detail. The work appears to be watercolor and color pencil. A perfect choice for the subject.

Pick up What's in Your Purse? for your totz and take a peek inside.

What's in Your Purse?
by Abigail Samoun
illustrated by Nathalie Dion
Chronicle Books, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

For the Older Siblings: The Fourteenth Goldfish



Just back from the ALA Annual Convention, and I brought home Jennifer Holm's new The Fourteenth Goldfish. With a celebration of science and responsibility, I thought the Older Siblings of Readertotz would enjoy the fantasy. Who wouldn't be surprised to discover their grandfather suddenly appearing as a teen?

On a strange note, the main character is named Ellie, like my own daughter, and the book releases on her birthday...

Here's the full description:

Believe in the possible . . . with this brilliantly quirky, thought-provoking novel from New York Times bestseller, three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm
Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.

The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer Holm
Random House, August 26, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mary Brigid Barrett: All Fall Down



http://www.amazon.com/Fall-Down-Mary-Brigid-Barrett/dp/0763644307/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397933794&sr=1-3&keywords=all+fall+down
An energetic take-off on the game: Ring Around the Rosie or One Two Three, We All Fall Down! Totz build things, including a block tower, which they then knock down; a tower of natural objects in a stream, which they then splash down; and finally a version of the above-mentioned game.

With bright, colorful art, this book is lots of totz fun!

A traditionally formatted board book with nice sturdy pages.

Illustrator: LeUyen Pham