PPBF: Have You Seen My Trumpet?


Author: Michael Escoffier
Illustrator: Kris Di Giacomo
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books, 2016
Age: 3-6
Themes: vocabulary, wordplay, animals
Opening: Who is playing frisbee?

HaveYouSeenMyTrumpet?1Summary: (from my library catalog) Presents a young girl looking for her trumpet, with her questions containing hidden words for animals that can be seen in the illustrations..

HaveYouSeenMyTrumpet?4Why I like this book: I love playing with words and think it’s important to encourage children to do so as well, especially while having to cope within an environment overrun by standardized testing. (Thanks for allowing me a 2-second soapbox moment!) The artwork invites play on an entirely different level, using a warm and welcoming palette. Enjoy, my playful friends!

HaveYouSeenMyTrumpet?2Resources/Activities: Play! With words, both written and spoken and with visuals: what new beasts can you create from common complex words? What new words can you invent for common (and/or complex!) creatures?

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

PPBF: Take Away the A

TakeawayCoverAuthor: Michaël Escoffier
Illustrator: Kris Di Giacomo
Publisher: Enchanted Lion, 2014
Ages: 4-8yrs
Themes: alphabet book, word play, vocabulary
Opening: Without the A the BEAST is the BEST.
Summary: (from the publisher) Take Away the A is a fun, imaginative romp through the alphabet. The idea behind the book is that within every language there are words that change and become a different word through the simple subtraction of a single letter. In other words, without the “A,” the Beast is Best. Or, without the “M,” a chomp becomes a chop—though it could be that this particular play on words didn’t even make it into the book, there are so many! We certainly don’t want to give too much away. . . . Now, take a look and find some more! Discovering all of the words in the book is a lot of fun, and then there’s the wild, exciting adventure that follows, of trying to find more!


I like this book because: I enjoy a good alphabet book, but even more I enjoy a book that is fun! This is chock-full of great illustrations in muted warm colors, packed with beasts of all kinds. This is book I’m buying this giving season!


Resources/activities: Make your own Alphabeast book – a great group project for the classroom!

Takeaway2You can always check out past PPBF picks on Susanna Hill’s blog – though today you can find (and read!) all the entries for Susanna’s Annual Holiday Story Contest – HERE