PPBF: Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever

29E7344E-406B-4FDC-B643-40D76A24DE5AAuthor/Illustrator: Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher: Harper, 2019
Age: 4-8
Themes: birthdays, parties, animals
Opening: Some days feel like complete disasters. You feel turned upside down, and it seems impossible anything good can happen.

307EA56D-8553-4693-989B-D0EDFEDCCDCESummary: (from my library’s catalog) Lonely seven-year-old Harold Phillip Snipperpot is excited when his parents, not known for their affection, throw him a birthday party attended exclusively by animals, but things take a turn when his guests start destroying the house, forcing Harold to try and save his party from calamity with surprising results.

3307DA77-1AE4-4CFC-AA4A-282642D8369AI like this book because: I love the underlying theme: sometimes unimaginable disaster can spark positive change. Adults are far more frightened of change or the unknown than children are, and I love how this book bursts through to prove it! Oh, and by the way, the illustrations are exquisite.

0C816DEE-7765-4083-8D87-30F499BE2EEEResources/Activities: Watch this interview with Beatrice Alemagna; discuss experiences where one may have thought the worst had happen while going through it, yet some outcome or change might have had positive aspects – like missing a bus and therefore an important appointment, but bumping into an old friend because you missed the bus!; visit the zoo for a ‘safe’ encounter with animals spotted in this book; think about what kind of animals you would like to invite to your own birthday!

3A0B7762-EB15-4FA4-8552-D997C39760E3For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

PPBF: The Tea Party in the Woods

TeaPartyInTheWoodsCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Akiko Miyakoshi
Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2015 (originally published in Japanese: Mori no Okuno Ochakai e, Kaisei-Sha Publishing, 2010 )
Ages: 3-7
Themes: forest animals, parties, imagination
Opening: That morning, Kikko had awoken to a winter wonderland. It had snowed all night.Now her father was off to Grandma’s house to help clear the walk.

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Summary: (from my library catalog) As Kikko goes through the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother, she happens upon a home full of animals and joins their tea party.

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I like this book because: It’s breathtakingly beautiful. The story is a simple flight of imagination, and anyone would wish to be in the main characters place.

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Resources/activities: Plan a tea party. Who would you invite? What would you serve? This might also be fun to act out with puppets.

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For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE