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Monday, July 28, 2014

Marvelous Monday

Hoot! A Hide-and-Seek Book of Counting! text by Jonathan Litton, illustrations by Fhiona Galloway is an adorable board book.  The eyes are die cut, the text rhymes, and we count and find colors along the way. There are friendly little bugs on each page and the story follows a hide-and-seek game.  I'll use this in Storytime and am thinking of buying a set to use with my toddler outreach groups.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

My Teacher is a Monster! by Peter Brown is most certainly a favorite.  No matter what Peter Brown does, it's a favorite.  Bobby is a rough and rowdy boy, and his teacher, Ms. Kirby is a teacher, but to him she's a monster.  She ruins all his fun, until they happen to meet in the park one weekend.  Spending some time together in the park helps them see each other differently.  
This will be a favorite among children preschool to third grade too.  We all think a teacher is a monster at some time.  
The illustrations for this book were made with India ink, watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, then digitally composited and colored.  The art is amazing.  Peter's unique style is wonderful.  It's not the usual 'pretty' stuff I go for, but the art and story are so fabulous together that they make each other the best.  He uses a very geometric, flat style that speaks volumes to kids.  Find his teacher kit, here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh is a rabbit and coyote story set in the present.  The father's of the rabbit, chicken, and sheep families go north to make money.  When they do not arrive home when planned, the oldest rabbit son travels to find his father.  Along the way he meets coyote who takes his food and drink to help him go north, but when they run out of food, coyote jumps to eat Pancho.  Thankfully the fathers happen upon this scene and save Pancho.  They all travel home together.  The artwork in this book is hand drawn, then collaged digitally.
There is an author note about this story and the two meanings of 'coyote.'  This title uses a familiar folk tale style to tell a present day issue about the poor people that go north looking for better opportunities.  I'll use this with students in First Grade and older.  I'll mention it to parents and teachers. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday

King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Christiane Kromer is a Pakistani story that commemorates Spring.  Basant is the celebration of the kites.  Our hero, Malik is disabled and in a wheel chair, but he makes beautiful and strong kites.  We follow Malik and his brother and sister through the kite-fighting day.
The illustrations are rendered in mixed media collage.  The pencil drawings are captivating and the colorful paper, material and bits are splendid.  The combination of muted papers with the collage pieces are stunning.  The story is how Malik overcomes the bully in the neighborhood to go on and win the King of Basant title for the day.  This title will be used with First Graders and older students.  It's a new tale that gives us a peek into a day of festivity in Pakistan.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Terrific Tuesday

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora is about a little T-Rex that destroys.  He's not very popular with his classmates, as you can imagine, but when he tries to settle down and be more careful and not wreck everything, there are still disasters.  
The illustrations in this book were made with Sumi ink and brush on Arches watercolor paper, with color added digitally.  It's an engaging story that puts preschoolers as dinosaurs, which stays very true to how preschoolers are.
I'll use this in Preschool Storytime.  Kids will love the big, bright colors, and the surprise ending.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Marvelous Monday

Boa's Bad Birthday by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross is witty and clever.  Poor Boa it's his birthday, but everyone buys him a present that just doesn't seem to suite him.  But the last present has promise.  It seems to just be a pile of poo, but after awhile it's the perfect present.  I think you'll love why, just as I did.
The art was rendered in pen and ink and watercolors.  They show expression and action.  The story and illustrations work well together to depict that even though you might get presents that seem to stink, they might just be perfect.
I'll use this story with Preschoolers to Second graders.  They'll get a kick out of the charming characters and inappropriate presents.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

Orangutangled by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Aaron Zenz is a cumulative story.  Two orangutangs lunge for mangoes and get all mixed up in a gooey mess. A yak comes along and gets intertwangled; a boar comes exploring; then they hear a tiger prowling.  Of course the tiger becomes a part of the disaster.  I love the ending and they even get to eat some mangoes. The illustrations were rendered in brush-and-ink line work with color added in Photoshop.  It's a cute cartoon look to this silly, rhyming story.  I'll use it in Preschool Storytime and with Kindergarteners.