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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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires is dedicated to all the little perfectionists in the world. Hmmmm, sounds interesting.
It's about a girl and a dog and how the girl loves to make things. She makes a plan; she hires an assistant.  She gathers her supplies and gets to work.  But it's not as 'easy-peasy' as she thought.  After making several, many, and lots of attempts, she throws a royal fit.  It's time to take a break and go for a walk.  When she comes back, she realizes that some pieces are really quite nice and she takes the good parts and puts them all together and Viola! It really is a magnificent thing!  You'll love what her new invention is.  
The artwork in this book was rendered digitally with lots of practice, two hissy fits and one all out tantrum.  I'll use this with Kindergarten and older students.  It will fit right in with any program on building anything.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday

1 Cookie, 2 Chairs, 3 Pears: Numbers Everywhere by Jan Brocket is a marvelous counting book; it's fun photos count up to twenty.  I love the mixture of real items with an embroidery background, or statues with live animals, with the numeral found somewhere to round it up.
The photography is bold and bright.  Some items obviously set up while others seem to be just a regular walk around and found items. How the pictures are set up they masterfully put math to work as we find 9 buttons in 3 rows of 3, 2 sets of seven silverware, forks and knives, and 2 each of a checkerboard treat that makes 4.
I'll use this in Preschool Storytime and with Kindergarteners to show parents and teachers how to have fun with counting and to encourage math skills in real life.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Terrific Tuesday

Boom Snot Twitty by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Renata Liwska is a sweet story about three friends and they all have different personalities.  Boom is a bear who wants to go places.  Twitty is a bird that likes to stay home. And Snot is very patient, just wanting to wait. They have storm-tossed day and we see how their different personalities take them through the day.
The art is rendered in pencil and digital color.  They are soft, serene, and go right along with the quiet story about the three friends.  There are fine details in the drawings and they bring about the characters body language and features.
I'll use this book in Storytime with Preschoolers and with Kindergarteners. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Marvelous Monday

A Boy and A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, illustrated by Catia Chien is a stirring book.  It stirs emotionally because it is a true story about a boy that stutters.  It stirs the imagination because it ignites passion.  It stirs the senses because it is illustrated beautifully.
Rabinowitz is a stutterer and CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the world's thirty-six wildcat species.  He whispered a promise to a jaguar and he kept his promise.
The illustrations are acrylic and charcoal pencil.  They are rendered in deep hues that takes the stirring farther than the words alone.
I'll use this with Kindergarten to Fifth graders.  It's a picture book, an informational text, and a encouragement for anyone with a disability and a passion.