Monday, April 21, 2014

Kevin Henkes: Little White Rabbit

Don't you love it when publishers convert fabulous authors' picture books into fabulous board books? Take Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. It was released in 2011 and now is available in a small format for the youngest totz.
Little White Rabbit hops into his day with wonder and his imagination. Readers will be challenged to think outside themselves by Rabbit's example. What would it be like to be tall, green, or flutter? Frightened, he hops home where he doesn't have to wonder who loves him.

Kevin's thick green outlines surround soft pencil colors. There's almost a sophisticated coloring book feel to the final art. The board book is the perfect format for text and image. Hop on over and find it at your local indie store or library.

Little White Rabbit
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Poetry Friday: Say Hello Like This!

Say Hello Like This

Here's a little hello for Poetry Friday. The beetles really got me: tip tap tip tap tip tap. :~)

"A dog hello
is licky
and loud...
like this!
bow-wow wow-wow!

A cat hello
is prissy
and proud...
like this!

Half-page flaps show the animals meeting and then with a turn they greet each other. The closing rhyme invites a hello from the reader. Celebrate Poetry Friday with a great, big Mary Murphy hello!

Say Hello Like This!
by Mary Murphy
Candlewick Press, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Leslie Patricelli: Toot and Tickle

I will always share Leslie Patricelli's work, because each is made of awesome! So today's featured releases are Toot and Tickle.

How can you not laugh reading Toot? Seriously. Baby shares how he toots, where he toots, and when he toots. He reveals others in his family toot, especially the dog. My favorite is the full spread of baby in the tub, tooting bubbles. :~)

And then there's Tickle. Baby insists he's not ticklish. When the Tickle Monster catches him, Baby howls over the attack to his legs, feet, get the picture. He still announces at the end he is not ticklish, and he's off and running.

Add these to your Patricelli library. There will be giggles galore!

by Leslie Patricelli
Candlewick Press, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Poetry Friday: Presto Change-o!

Here's the first Twirl book I ran across at ALA Midwinter Conference. It's big! And it twirls! Presto Chango-o! A book of animal magic is a collection of 17 objects which transform, after a twirl of pieces, into an animal. A teapot transforms into an elephant, while a flower turns into a lion.

There's so much for totz to learn: from manipulating the pieces, to observing shapes, to seeing how changing shapes can completely change an identity. And with rhyming descriptions it's perfect for Poetry Friday!

"Here's a little teapot, filled with magic tea.
Whoever takes a drink of it will soon begin to see,

That they have started growing, tall and grey and wide,
With a long and heavy trunk, and a thick and wrinkled hide."

Presto Change-o! A book of animal magic
by Edouard Manceau
Twirlm 2914

Monday, April 7, 2014

Holly Meade: John Willy and Freddy McGee

How about a re-release of Holly Meade's John Willy and Freddy McGee? First seen in 2007 in board book form, it's receiving another turn as Amazon purchased Marshall Cavendish. The gouache and cut paper illustrations are inviting and detailed. I particularly enjoy Holly's black line.

The more complex plot of two hamsters escaping their cage and exploring, with a climax in the pool table, is accompanied by a heavier text. The work is appropriate for the older totz in your family. It's easy to see this was originally a full picture book.

John and Freddy are completely adorable, and thankfully, no animals were hurt in the reading of this board book. Not even the Basset Hound or black and white feline.

John Willy and Freddy McGee
by Holly Meade
Marshall Cavendish Children, 2007

Friday, April 4, 2014

Poetry Friday: God is Good...All the Time

Scholastic has a religious imprint, Little Shepherd Books, and in celebration of Poetry Friday, I'm quoting from God is Good...All the Time.

God loves to watch you when you play.
What will he see you play today?
God is good...
All the time!

God gives us pets to make us smile.
We can run and play for a while.
God is good...
All the time!

The doctrine is Arminian, and the illustrations portray doe-eyed children enjoying the world and each other. Maybe this is a good fit for your totz on Poetry Friday!

God is Good...All the Time
by Dr. Margi McCombs
illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov
Little Shepherd Books, Scholastic, 2012

Monday, March 31, 2014

Taro Gomi: Wiggle and Hide and Seek

Play and reading go hand-in-hand with two new works from Taro Gomi. It's a delight just to have more fun imagery from this master, right?

Wiggle has a clever hole drilled through the entire work. By putting a finger into the hole, the reader can make the cat wiggle its tail, the elephant swing her trunk, and the crocodile flash his fang. Giggles will abound.

Hide and Seek is a first seek and find board book. On the left side of the spread is a question and an object to be found in the right side of the page. Totz will be challenged to find the glove hidden on the rooster, the crocodile hiding a toothbrush, and the turtle hiding a scooter.

Enjoy these two releases originally published in Japan. Your totz will experience the fun of reading.

Hide and Seek
by Taro Gomi
Chronicle Books, 2013

Friday, March 28, 2014

Poetry Friday: Hush, Little Horsie

Happy Poetry Friday! Enjoying Hush, Little Horsie by Jane Yolen and illustrated with the delicate paintings of Ruth Sanderson. Whether on the farm, plain, by the sea, or on the moor, the mother horse is nearby waiting and watching her baby.

Hush, little horsie,
Asleep on the moor.
Your mama is close--
That's what mamas are for.

She'll watch when you play,
And she'll watch when you leap.
And when you are tired,
She'll watch as you sleep.

Best to you as you enjoy poetry with your totz today!

Hush, Little Horsie
by Jane Yolen
illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
Random House, 2013 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tiny Tab Books: Bunny Boo and Teeny Weeny

Two new releases from Nosy Crow are Bunny Boo Has Lost Her Teddy and Teeny Weeny Looks for His Mommy. These Tiny Tab Books feature tabs to pull, changing the imagery in the cutouts. Teeny Weeny is on the search for his mother, while Bunny Boo needs her bear to go to bed.

The straight-forward text is offset by the tabs which begin as a guessing game and on later readings turn into a memory game. Illustrations are cute, featuring many patterns with a painterly feel. Little fingers will enjoy exploring these two small board books.

Bunny Boo Has Lost Her Teddy
Teeny Weeny Looks for His Mommy
illustrated by Jannie Ho
Nosy Crow, 2013

Friday, March 21, 2014

Poetry Friday: Peek-a Zoo!

Happy Poetry Friday, with a companion to the classic Peek-a Who? Joan and I welcome, Peek-a Zoo!

Peek a MEW!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Nina Laden, for creating this fun for our totz. We love the gouache paintings. So much joy edge to edge in this little gem. Enjoy, everyone!

Peek-a Zoo!
by Nina Laden
Chronicle Books, 2014