PPBF: The Cat and the Rat and the Hat

Author: Em Lynas
 Matt Hunt
Publisher: Nosy Crow, 2021
Themes: rats, cats, hats

Opening: see image below.

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A raucous, rhyming tale that will have children (and adults) in fits of laughter! Cat is sitting on his favourite mat, when who should come along but Rat with a very nice hat? Cat wants Rat’s hat and will stop at NOTHING to get it. But when Bat arrives wearing a fancy cravat, well, what could be better than that? Chaos ensues as both Cat and Rat decide they MUST have Bat’s fancy cravat for themselves! From Em Lynas and Matt Hunt comes this hilarious, read-aloud picture book, bursting with comic capers and animal antics. With a hilarious, tongue-twister text, slapstick humour, bright neon artwork and colourful, comic characters.

I picked this book because: those colors were shouting at me!! And i too have a manuscript with a cat and a hat! So of course I wanted to see what kind of relationship these characters have with each other – so funny – and how these amazing colors would be used – such great compositions – and how it would all pan out – terrific twist! Read it!

Resources/activities: This book will be great to use in teaching how shapes are the foundation for so many things you can draw; re draw these characters in your own style; get out some graph paper and doodle using the squares; try creating a drawing using a limited number of colors – and loud ones too!

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

PPBF: Never, Not Ever!

Author/Illustrator: Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher: Harper, 2021
Themes: bats, first day of school, parents

Opening: see image below.

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) When Pascaline, a little bat, screams “Never, Not Ever” in response to going to school, something extraordinary happens, which changes her mind.

I picked this book because: I would pick up any book illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna! Her illustration style is so playful, unrestricted, unencumbered that I feel immediately transported back into my years as a young mother, even back into my own childhood. And i love a story that begins with defiance, follows a roller coaster of emotions, and ends with a … well, you’ll just have to read and find out!

Resources/activities: read more books about starting school, like My School Stinks by Becky Scharnhorst, illus. by Julia Patton. Set up a pretend classroom to practice what a day in school might be like. Visit the school playground over the summer.

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

Also, happy 10 year blogaversary to me! And since we are only a day out from St.Paddy’s, here is a coloring sheet kids can print out and fold to make a fortune-teller which includes Irish superstitions in the inner drawings: salute a magpie by telling it the time for good luck, be kind to robins for good luck, do not disturb fairy trees, an itchy nose means a disagreement is coming, a fallen fork means a female visitor is to be expected, burning ears means someone is talking about you, bird poop brings good luck, and see a penny (coin) pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck.