Monday, April 30, 2018
Dr. Seuss's 100 First Words: Jan Gerardi
How does this book not exist already? Well, it does, but it is spread out through Dr. Seuss' collection of works. Here now are 100 words illustrated by Jan Gerardi in Dr. Seuss' style. Grouped in categories and introduced by cats in hats, A, B, and C, first readers may learn and be entertained, simultaneously.
There are Wild Animals and Farm Animals, Outside and Home, Clothes and Pets included. The board book is large, so the entries do not feel compressed. I find it particularly fun to recognize familiar characters: Red Fish, Blue Fish, Yertle, and more.
Blocks of color frame the featured illustrated words. White portions hold the iconic font. Enjoy this introduction to the Dr.!
Dr. Seuss's 100 First Words
illustrated by Jan Gerardi
Random House, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
Tiny Town and Tiny Farm: Suzy Ultman
I really enjoy Suzy Ultman's work for first readers. Tiny Farm and Tiny Town are thick-paged, shaped board books with die cuts. There's a patterned depiction reminiscent of Scandinavian art. Or maybe needlework. The small layout is filled with illustrations and capitalized words which identify objects and animals.
It is easy to image propping these books open for further play. They would create inspiring settings for the imaginative. Muted colors offer contrast to the sparse use of neon. What delightful work!
by Suzy Ultman
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
More, more, more: A Round of Robins
A Round of Robins is such a joyful, lyrical presentation of nonfiction. Following a pair of robins, the rocking rhythm and rhyme brings tenderness to creation. And reviews agree:
« “A charmer of an animal family story, with rhymes that are a pleasure to read aloud.” – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
« “An utterly charming choice for most collections, perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.” – School Library Journal, starred review
« “Follow a pair of robin parents as they raise not one but two sets of baby robins in this factual and funny volume.” – The Horn Book, starred reviewHere is my favorite spread:
A heater hides on Mama's chest
To warm each egg inside her nest
With sensors set at incubake,
In just a dozen days she'll make
Four little ones all set to hatch-
An up-and-coming birdie batch.
Sergio Ruzzier's art in muted colors with expressive characters adds to the charm. Happy National Poetry month, everyone. Enjoy this delight with your readertotz!
A Round of Robins
by Katie Hesterman
illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018
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