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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Photo Friday: Photos Framed by Ruth Thomson



Haven't celebrated Photo Friday lately, so here's a great recommend. Photos Framed by Ruth Thomson is captivating. Think of the world's most memorable photos, and then child appropriate descriptions of the image, the photographer, and general photo thoughts. There are Blow Up and Zoom In notes as well to spur further thought and discussion.

From "Louis Daguerre" photographed by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot to Steve McCurry's "Afghan Girl" this is a beautiful collection of the world's 27 iconic photographs. Ruth's accompanying text is completely absorbing. Like me, you probably won't be able to put it down. The Older Sibs of your totz will be engaged.

Photos Framed
by Ruth Thomson
Candlewick Press, 2014

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