PPBF: The Great Dog Bottom Swap

GreatDogBottomSwapcoverAuthor: Peter Bently
Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka
Publisher: Andersen Press, 2009
Age: 0+ (according to publisher!)
Themes: dogs, behavior, humorous stories
Opening: The day had arrived for the Dog’s Summer Ball. All the dogs in the world were lined up at the hall, where a sign on the door said, Now please be so kind as to keep your coat on but remove your behind. Please hang up your bottom on one of the pegs and remember, no growling or cocking of legs.

UntitledSummary: (from my library catalog) The day has arrived for the Dogs’ Summer Ball. It’s so high class that each dog must remove their bottom before they are allowed inside the hall. But in the middle of all the frivolity something unexpected happens and the dogs have to make a hasty exit…with or without the correct bottom!

GreatDogBottomSwap2Why I like this book: It’s HILARIOUS! I have recently mentioned this book so many times it was evident I needed to feature it! The illustrations feature dogs in outfits and accessories that bring on the giggles all by themselves, but this story is just such a hoot, you MUST look for it at your library/bookstore!

GreatDogBottomSwap3.pngResources/Activities: Think how you might come up with a ‘legend’ for how some strange behavior came to be for other animals.

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PPBF: Hector Protector and As I Went Over theWater

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Illustrator: Maurice Sendalk
Publisher: Harper & Row, 1963
Age: 2-5
Themes: Mother Goose rhymes, behavior
OpeningHector Protector was dressed all in green.
Summary: (from the publisher) Maurice Sendak has interpreted these old’ Mother Goose rhymes in animated sequences that have the aliveness and immediacy of a child’s own imaginings. There is little in these verses to suggest the settings, the characterizations, the unforeseen twists and turns of Mr. Sendak’s fantastical picture-stories. They extend the boundaries of the short rhymes and add surprising dimension.

HectorProtectorendpapersWhy I like this book: The visual interpretations are stories themselves, perfect examples of what an illustrator can bring to the text, especially to something so familiar and seemingly ‘non-illustratable’.

HectorProtector1Resources/Activities: For any age group: pick a Mother Goose rhyme and bring it to life: with hand-drawn pictures, a collage, puppet show or cartoon. This book can be put to good use in a high school classroom to introduce illustration as a profession. Check out this page for more info on nursery rhymes and their origins.

HectorProtector4For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth

Author: Kate Klise
Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise
Publisher:Harcourt, 2010
Genre: fiction
Themes: rabbits, mother and child, circus, cleanliness, behavior
Age Level: 4 and up
Opening: Little Rabbit heard the drums beating far away. It could mean only one thing. “The circus is in town! The circus is in town!” Little Rabbit cheered. 
Synopsis: Upset that his mother will not let him go out until he cleans his playroom, Little Rabbit sneaks away to join the circus and sells tickets by promising the audience a view of the Meanest Mother on Earth.
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Jim: A Cautionary Tale

PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY!

Title: Jim, Who Ran Away from His Nurse, and Was Eaten by a Lion

Author: Hilaire Belloc

Illustrator: Mini Grey

Publisher’s Info: Random House, 2009

Age Level: 7-9 yrs

Genre: fiction picture book

Themes: behavior, zoo visit

There was a boy whose name was Jim: His friends were very good to him. They gave him tea, and cakes, and jam, and slices of delicious ham, and chocolate with pink inside, and little tricycles to ride, and read him stories through and through, and even took him to the zoo.

First written in 1907, this classic tale of a boy who ran off from his nurse and was gobbled up by the zoo lion. Updated with dynamic illustrations by Mini Grey.

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