PPBF: Move Over, Rover!

MoveOver,Rover!CoverAuthor: Karen Beaumont
Illustrator: Jane Dyer
Publisher: Harcourt, 2006
Age: 2-5
Themes: animals, shelter, sharing
OpeningRover’s in the dog house, chewing on a bone. What a day to romp and play! Too bad he’s all alone.
Summary: (from my library catalog) When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, come to join him.

MoveOver,Rover!1Why I like this book: This is a great rhyming read aloud with a stinky surprise ending! Perfect for toddlers.

MoveOver,Rover!2Resources/Activities: a good companion read to The Mitten; try putting this on as a pre-school play, narrated by a parent or teacher; discuss how animals seek shelter in a storm.

MoveOver,Rover!3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Dylan the Villain

DylantheVillainCoverAuthor/Illustrator: K.G. Campbell
Publisher: Viking, 2016
Age: 4-6
Themes: heroes, villains, friendship
OpeningMr. and Mrs. Snivels were minding their own business, when they happened to have a baby.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Dylan is the baddest little super-villain this side of pre-school? Until he meets the dreaded Addison Van Malice. When their teacher holds a Diabolical Robot Building Contest, Dylan sets out to prove he is the most sinister super-villain of all time.

DylanVillain1Why I like this book: I was taken with the cover, and my interest anchored with the opening line! I especially like the juxtaposition in using soft color and lines, which is quite the opposite of what we usually find in comics or graphic novels portraying villains or superheroes. And of course the dry humor, in both text and illustrations. Although my own child suffers from severe food allergies, I think this will be a good segue into discussing how very dangerous it can be to expose someone to an allergen intentionally, and at the same time let those having to deal with allergies see a little humor in the tragedy of it all.

DylanVillain3Resources/Activities: discuss food allergies and the tragic consequences of exposure; talk about the possible differences between villains and super-heroes, and the different ways their stories can be told; why do you think the author/illustrator chose the colors he did and how do colors amplify what an author wants us to understand about main characters?

DylanVillain4.pngFor more Perfect Picture BooDylanVillain5k picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

 

PPBF: Leave Me Alone

LeaveMeAloneCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Vera Brosgol
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2016
Age: 4-7
Themes: grandmothers, knitting, family
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Summary: (from the publisher) An epic tale about one grandmother, a giant sack of yarn, and her ultimate quest to finish her knitting.

LeaveMeAlone1.pngWhy I like this book: An editor at Roaring Brook showed me this one back in February, and I have been sooo good at waiting sooo long to share it with you! I love finding picture books with an adult as the main protagonist, and I have totally fallen for this snarky Grandmother! Actually, I fell for the cover straight away! AND it’s a great read-aloud! The superb color palette and beautifully rendered compositions are icing on the cake!

LeaveMeAlone2Resources/Activities: learn how to knit at Imagination Soup: HERE

LeaveMeAlone3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Green Wilma

GreenWilmaCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Dial, 1993
Age: 3-6
Themes: frogs, frog habits, dreams
OpeningOne morning, Wilma woke up green, and much to her surprise she sat up on her bed and croaked and started eating flies.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Waking up with a frog-like appearance, Wilma proves disruptive at school as she searches for some tasty flies.

GreenWilma1Why I like this book: A hilarious rhyming read aloud, perfect for those going back to school! The bright illustrations really make the story come to life! A superb classic!

GreenWilma2.jpgResources/Activities: discuss what other habits frogs or toads have that might make it difficult to live in a human world and fit in well; Are all frogs green? What is the difference between a frog and a toad? What kind of frogs and/or toads can you find in your area?

GreenWilma3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: The Wolves of Currumpaw

WolvesOfCurrumpawCoverAuthor/Illustrator: William Grill
Publisher: Flying Eye Books, 2016
Age: 7-14
Themes: wolves, wildlife conservation, New Mexico
OpeningHalf a million wolves once roamed freely across North America, but with the arrival of European settlers the habitats of the animals began to change.

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Summary: (from my library catalog) Lobo, the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves has been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock in the American Southwest. Bounty hunter Ernest Thompson Seton, sets out to trap and exterminate Lobo. “A beautiful re-telling of the first story from Ernest Thompson Seton’s 1898 Classic, Wild Animals I Have Known”–publisher.

WolvesOfCurrumpaw1Resources/Activities: Why I like this book: I deeply admire William Grill’s visual storytelling skills (see my recommendation for Shackleton’s Journey HERE) and was so pleased to find this in the library! I made myself a nice cup of coffee and sat down with it as soon as I got home but barely took a sip, I was so riveted. By the time I finished my coffee was cold, and I was sopping up my tears! A sad AND beautifully told story you will not regret reading. I promise!

WolvesOfCurrumpaw2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Next to You

NextToYouCoverAuthor: Lori Haskins Houran
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Albert Whitman, 2016
Age: 2-5
Themes: animals, cuteness, parent/child relationships
OpeningNext to you, the softest puppy in the world is only kind of cute.
Summary: (from my library catalog) When it comes to new babies, friends, or other loved ones, we should remind them of just how darling they are. But are they cuter than a piglet in a sweater? A basket of baby chicks? An elephant calf taking a bath? Of course! Sweet, funny, irreverent, but above all, CUTE, this keepsake-size book is perfect for both gift-giving and cuddly story times.

NextToYou1.pngWhy I like this book: Amazing how this one can be so funny and touching at the same time. You’re going to want to buy this one for someone you like to be next to!

NextToYou2Resources/Activities: great for learning how to draw a child’s face, esp a small child; I could see this being used in a biology class, discussing evolution and how we are wired to take care of our young.

NextToYou3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Eerie Dearies

EerieDeariesCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Rebecca Chaperon
Publisher: Simply Read Books, 2014
Age: 9-14
Themes: academic absence, alphabet, concept book
OpeningA is for astral projection.
Summary: (from Amazon) Eerie Dearies is an unusual book that offers a carefully crafted & alphabetized selection of twenty-six beautifully illustrated excuses for being awol from school. Faded and well-used book covers serve as compelling backgrounds to each of these delicately rendered acrylic paintings, creating an atmosphere akin to an old and dusty collection of darkly humorous myths..

EerieDearies1.jpgWhy I like this book: Reminds me so much of Edward Gorey’s sense of humor. Not for the little ones, but I thought since the postings on Susanna Hill’s blog are on summer hiatus I could slip this one in for the older kids.

EerieDearies2Resources/Activities: Make your own list of ‘excuses’ and illustrate them, with pencil, ink collage, etc.; read Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies – watch the read-aloud video HERE

EerieDearies3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

 

PPBF: Two Emberlys Times Two

DrummerHofcoverAuthor: adapted by Barbara Emberly
Illustrator: Ed Emberly
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1967
Age: Amazon says 6-9, I say younger!
Themes: cannons, war, folk songs
Opening: Drummer Hof fired it off.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.

DrummerHof4Why I like this book: Folk songs are treasures and I am so grateful that these two picturebook makers have been able to bring them to life with careful pacing and an extraordinary mixture of trippy 60’s and Colonial elements. We could call it Colonial Punk! As fresh and juicy now as they were 50 – FIFTY!! – years ago.

DrummerHof2Resources/Activities: read the folk verse from which the text book was adapted HERE; discuss the clothing and how it differs from uniforms today.DrummerHof3

Beauty x 2 (x2!):

OneWideRivercoverAuthor: Adapted by Barbara Emberly
Illustrator: Ed Emberly
Publisher: first piublished, 1966; First Ammo edition, 2014
Age: 3 and up
Themes: animals, Noah’s Ark, folk songs
OpeningOld Noah built and ark, he built it out of hick’ry bark.
Summary: (from my library catalog) An adaptation of the folksong classic is presented as a counting story about Noah’s Ark and is complemented by silhouette woodcut illustrations.

OneWideRivertitlepage.jpgWhy I like this book: uncomplicated and accessible illustrations propelled by bold background color – need I say more?

OneWideRiver1.jpgResources/Activities: make potato prints with black paint on colored construction paper; discuss why saving life from extinction is important; watch the book trailer HERE; listen to the recording from The Country Gentlemen.

 

OneWideRiver2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Ada’s Ideas – Book Birthday

1AdasIdeasCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Fiona Robinson

Publisher: Abrahms, 2016
Age: 6-9
Themes: Ada Lovelace, women mathematicians, computer algorithms
Summary: (from the publisher)Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

2AdasIdeasExOpening: Once there was a girl named Ada who dreamed of making a steam-powered flying horse.

3AdasIdeasWhy I like this book: It’s inspiring to young girls AND beautiful!! I had the great joy of sharing this the day it arrived with my FAC buds, and to see my creative computer geek friends gush over it! Knowing how much effort was put into this from Fiona herself makes it all the more special to me. Bravo, Fiona!

4AdasIdeasResources/Activities: great read for a discussion on applied math, inventors, or female role models; try your hand at paper-cutting – intructables instructions for beginners HERE; check out SCRATCH: computer programming for kids HERE

5AdasIdeasFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: The Forest Feast for Kids

ForestFeastcoverAuthor/Artist/Photographer: Erin Gleeson
Publisher: Abrahms, 2016
Age: 8-12
Themes: cooking for children, vegetarian food, art
Summary: (from the publisher) The first children’s cookbook from New York Times bestselling author and popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast for Kids, serves up kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and fun to make. This cookbook showcases the rustic simplicity of the fare through vibrant colorful photography of Gleeson’s beautiful home in the woods and of children cooking the dishes themselves..

ForestFeast1.pngWhy I like this book: Something quite different this week in anticipation of the latest midnight release party for a Harry Potter book tomorrow night. If only there were such pretty cookbooks when I had first started out! I did burn my mother’s tablecloth with a pan of snickerdoodles, but these dishes may have prevented that negative turning point in my cooking career!

ForestFeast2Resources/Activities: make some delicious dishes; draw your favorite foods – use watercolor; try something you have not eaten before.

ForestFeast3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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Attaching some of my creative efforts for tonight’s party below – all to be give-aways!

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