Author/Illustrator: Joseph Low Publisher: Margaret K McElderry (Atheneum), 1980 Age: 3-8 Themes: animals, etiquette, humorous stories Opening: Cat was thinking about supper. He thought, “I could eat forty-seven grasshoppers. or I could eat 69 crickets. Or I could eat a fine, fat sparrow. But what I think I’d really like is a nice, tender mouse.
Summary: A round of uneasy hospitality results when Mouse and Dog arrive at Cat’s house for dinner.
I like this book because: first off, I’m not alone – this title is a 1981 Caldecott Honor book. I love the loose, energetic rendering and use of a simple yet bright palette, dominated by pinks and yellows. That’s what attracted me to this book I found at Brattle Bookshop in Boston this spring, but it’s the round robin tale of trickery and wit and the drama of it all that delighted me so very much! Hope you can find a copy.
Resources/activities: learn more about Low, his obituary here; look for other titles on the Caldecott list from 1981; perform this story as a play.
There is a summer break for new entries, but for more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Author: Daniel Handler
Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2010
Age: 5-8 Themes: birds, dogs, words Opening: Word number 1: Bird. The bird sits on the table.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A dog attempts to cheer up his friend, a despondent bird, in a tale that introduces a series of words from “baby” to “haberdashery.”
I like this book because: It was introduced to me by an enthusiastic 6yr old! The pictures are bright, funny and engaging, the concept is simple, the story silly and playful, and invites readers to play with words too!
Resources/Activities: write short stories based off your own set of 13 words, maybe have the words chosen out of a hat; try writing a story based off of 2 characters, one object, one location/setting and a happy of sad ending; draw at least one illustration based off of the stories.
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Welcome to Design of the Picture Book! I'm Carter Higgins, and I'm a writer and librarian for kids. I spent a spectacular stint as the Children's Book Editor at <a href="http://www.designmom.com/">Design Mom</a> which I loved! You can find my column <a href="http://www.designmom.com/category/childrens-lit/">here</a>.<br /> I'm a K-6 librarian, a former-ish graphic designer, an SCBWI member, and a huge fan of words and pictures.<br /> Represented by <a href="http://www.rpcontent.com/">Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC</a>.