Friday, July 24, 2015

Poetry Friday: The Bus is for Us!

Poetry Friday will be a beauty with The Bus is for Us! Michael Rosen's text swings through locomotive options, real and imaginary, while Gillian Tyler's illustrations softly wisp along the reader. Find this rhyming picture book and then take a ride somewhere delightful with your totz. Consider taking the bus!

"I do, of course,
like riding a horse.

I like to float
in a little boat.

I like trips
in big ships.

But the best is the bus.
The bus is for us."

The Bus is for Us!
by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Gillian Tyler
Candlewick Press, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Poetry Friday: Funny Face, Sunny Face

Happy Poetry Friday! Here's a little Funny Face, Sunny Face to brighten your day with your totz. It's oh, so catchy.

"Sticky lips, licky lips,
kiss-me-quicky lips.

Peeky nose,
beaky nose,
        cheeky nose."

Funny Face, Sunny Face
by Sally Symes
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Nosy Crow, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

More, more, more: The New Small Person

Elmore Green began life as an only child, happy with his status in the family. No one ever ate his jelly beans, until "somebody else came along." The small person, being cut major slack within the family, makes Elmore wish he would go away. And when he only grows larger and moves into Elmore's room, there's little hope left in life.

But a bad dream and finding a bit of comfort from the younger sib, along with a large dose of admiration, and someone to laugh with, changes Elmore's perspective. Enough to share his jellybeans. Except the orange ones, of course.

Lauren Child is the master of wry humor, truthful twists, and everyday observations. The New Small Person is a brilliant work to add to your collection beside Charlie, Lola, and Clarice Bean. More, more, more, we say!

The New Small Person
by Lauren Child
Candlewick Press, 2014

Monday, July 13, 2015

Shark Bite! by Beatrice Costamagna, Little Bee Books

Shark Bite! is a fun read for your readertotz, helping them to see maybe the fearsome can be friendly after all. On each spread, Mark the shark shows his teeth, and a pull tab allows the reader to chomp through the book.

Scary, then angry, then laughing, thanks to the tickling octopus, Mark finds friendship in the sea. Beatrice Costamagna's illustrations are bright and inviting. Look for Shark Bite! for your readertotz and take a bite out of this board book this summer.

Shark Bite!
illustrated by Beatrice Costamagna
Little Bee Books, 2015