PPBF: The Detective Dog

E6F5CC3F-B534-4860-8BCD-052EC38CD4F2Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Publisher: Godwin Books/Henry Holt, 2018; orig. in England by Macmillan, 2016
Age: 4-7
Themes: dogs, libraries, rhyming books

7C75A5E4-FAAD-490A-A2AB-2EE5E2032304Opening: There once was a dog with a keen sense of smell. She was known far and wide as Detective Dog Nell.

BB2D39D7-BE29-4DD1-A51F-B6FC12069C9FSummary: (from my library’s catalog): When Detective Dog Nell puts her nose to the task, there’s no mystery she can’t solve. Whether she’s tracking the missing shoe of her human, Peter, or locating some lost honeycomb, all Nell has to do is sniff, sniff, sniff and she’s hot on the trail. Besides solving mysteries, there’s something else Nell loves–listening to children read. Every Monday, Peter takes her to school where children tell her stories. One day, Nell and Peter arrive to find that all the books are gone. Who could have taken them? And why? There’s only one dog for the job, and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the thief!

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Fitting for the illo that the book was falling off the table when I shot this pic!

I like this book because: I figure every child (and me!) wishes they could have a dog in the classroom – every day! This is yet another fantastic read-aloud from the Gruffalo-author, Julia Donaldson. And the delightful, energetic renderings live up to the Donaldson standard! You will fall in love with Nell too!

1AD14924-E8E4-459A-8429-C2A0E1808C87Resources/Activities: seek out programs (like at my local library) where you can read to a dog; Ask around, someone you know might not be using the library for all it has to offer – maybe you could even give them a tour! I meet people all the time in the bookstore where I work who do not even have a library card! Yowza!

F3C1DC18-CE56-4FF8-A5FC-89D54BC379F4For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Book! Book! Book!

Book!coverAuthor: Deborah Bruss
Illustrator: Tiphanie Beeke
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine, 2001
Age: 1-4
Themes: domestic animals, libraries, books
Opening: (see image below)

Book!1.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.

Book!2Why I like this book: My friend and ‘professional’ babysitter, Mila, recommended this to me years ago. Still packs a solid punch. I was recently lamenting about a beautiful new book with a very flat story and wonder why so many books get published that just don’t make the cut when read aloud, as I am sure EVRY writer, or wanna-be writer does. This is visually engaging AND it has perfect pacing and a solid story with a very funny ending – do look for it!!

Book!3.jpgResources/Activities: discuss what a librarian does; take a field-trip to the library, arrange (ahead) for the children’s librarian to give your child(ren) a ‘tour’; take home a new-to-you book! book! book!

Book!4.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.