PPBF: Vincent and the Night

VincentCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Adele Enersen
Publisher: Dial Books, 2015
Ages: 2-5
Themes: bedtime, night, imagination
Opening: One evening, Vincent decided he didn’t want to go to bed.

VincentendpapersSummary: (from my library catalog) Having decided he does not want to go to sleep, Vincent unravels the blanket of night and transforms it into a cat, a lullaby, and even an elephant before finally giving in and closing his eyes.

Vincent1I like this book because: It’s cute! I love babies, books mixing photographs and line, and good use of black and white. The writing itself may not stand out, but the illustrations carry it with ease.

Vincent2Resources/activities: Use pen or yarn with photos (or magazine snippets) to create your own mixed-media artwork.

Vincent3For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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PPBF: Would You Rather…

WouldYouRatherCoverAuthor/Illustrator: John Burningham
Publisher: SeaStar Books, 1978 (Originally published in the UK by Random House, 1978)
Ages: 3-6
Themes: bedtime, decision-making, humorous stories
Opening: Would you rather…

WouldYouRatherTitleSummary: (from my library catalog)A series of comical choices such as, “Would you rather eat spider stew or slug dumplings or mashed worms?” ends with an invitation to bedtime.

WouldYouRather2I like this book because: What fun! The notion of asking the reader to choose between a variety of increasingly silly options to simple questions is genius! A dare any child not to enjoy this! The playful loose drawings are a perfect compliment.

WouldYouRather3Resources/activities: Make up your own set of questions and options to choose from, according to themes, books or units a class might be covering.

WouldYouRather4For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

PPBF: The Queen’s Hat

Queen'sHatCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Steve Antony
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2015 (Originally published in the UK by Hodder Children’s Books)
Ages: 3-5
Themes: hats, Queens, London
Opening: The Queen was on her way to visit someone very special when the wind went…

Queen'sHatEndpapersSummary: (from my library catalog) A sudden gust of wind takes the Queen’s favorite hat and blows it all over London, as the Queen’s men give chase.

 

Queen'sHat1I like this book because: Seemingly simple, strong compositions using a limited palette take the reader on a rollicking romp. I love books that pack a big punch with a small idea!

 

Queen'sHat2Resources/activities: Follow up with THE QUEEN’S HANDBAG; Make hats after listening to a video explained by a Brit – see below

 

Queen'sHatBackFor existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE