PPBF: WE4 – Oh, No! Where Are My Pants?+2

To close the series this month on Wolf Erlbruch, I’d like to introduce three titles that he illustrated for other authors. To read the other posts, click HERE, HERE, or HERE. Enjoy!Oh,No!WhereAreMyPants?CoverEdited by: Lee Bennet Hopkins
Illustrator: Wolf Erlbruch
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2005
Age: 4-8
Themes: conduct of life, children’s poetry, emotions
Opening: This isn’t the way it was supposed to be- You in Room Two. Me in Room Three.

Oh,No!WhereAreMyPants?1Summary: Poignant and funny American poems for children selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Oh,No!WhereAreMyPants?2Why I like this book: I love suggesting books of poetry for emerging readers, especially humorous ones. These all touch on the feelings we all share of what it is like to have a really bad day. I love the simplicity in rendering and arresting compositions that snuggle up perfectly to each poem.

Resources/Activities: write poems about a bad-day experience you may have had.

ButterflyWorkshopCoverAuthor: Gioconda Belli, translated from the Spanish by Charles Castaldi
Illustrator: Wolf Erlbruch
Publisher: Peter Hammer Verlag/Europa Editions, 1994/2005
Age: 7-11
Themes: imagination, inventors, insects
Opening: Butterflies are almost weightless. They are ever so light, like the batting of an eyelid, the sun blinking red and yellow.

ButterflyWorkshop1.jpgSummary: (from fantasticfiction.com) Odair, one of the “Designers of All Things” and grandson of the esteemed inventor of the rainbow, has been banished to the insect laboratory as punishment for his overactive imagination. But he still dreams of one day creating a cross between a bird and a flower. Then, after a helpful chat with a dog . . .

ButterflyWorkshop2Why I like this book: Every illustration is a gem! For illustrators this is a beautiful edition from which to study what the silhouette of a character can lend to visual storytelling. And I believe children and adults alike can relate to the inventive main character who is one of the ‘Designers of All Things’.

Resources/Activities: consider the kinds of insects or flowers you might like to invent.

BearWhoWasn'tThereCoverAuthor: Oren Lavie
Illustrator: Wolf Erlbruch
Publisher: Verlag Antje Kunstmann/Black Sheep, 2014/2016
Age: 6-8
Themes: itching, bears, identity
Opening: Once upon a time there was an Itch. Simply, an Itch.

BearWhoWasn'tThere1.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) One day, a few minutes after Once Upon a Time, a bear awakes to find he has lost something very important: himself! He sets out into the Fabulous Forest to find himself, using only a few clues scrawled on a piece of paper: the bear he’s looking for is a nice bear; he is a happy bear; and he’s very handsome too! These sound like pretty good qualities to Bear, and so begins his memorable journey. With the help of Fabulous Forest critters like the Convenience Cow, theLazy Lizard, and the Penultimate Penguin, Bear finds that he himself is just what he’s been looking for all along: a nice, happy bear–and handsome too!

BearWhoWasn'tThere2.jpgWhy I like this book: The text is full of gags, silliness and wordplay that are accompanied by equally playful and light illustrations making wonderful use of collage.

Resources/Activities: make a list of character traits you believe belong to you.

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

PPBF: Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear

HHMDcoverAuthor: N. M. Bodecker
Illustrator: Erik Blegvad
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 1998 (originally written in 1975)
Ages: 6-9yrs
Themes: poetry, married life, New England
Opening: American history is filled with stories of brave and powerful men…but have you ever wondered where the women are?
HHMD1Summary: (from my library catalog) A woman frantically rushes to prepare for the fast-approaching winter while her husband sits idly by.

HHMD2I like this book because: Let’s just say I can easily empathize with Mary! Ha! I love the depiction of the change of seasons in Erik Blegvad’s New England, and the simple understated humor in both words and text. I won’t spoil the ending, but I do hope you can get hold of a copy to find out!

HHMD3Resources/activities: Talk about how chores are shared in your household, what chores are specific to the change of seasons.

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

Love the cat's shadow in this !

Love the cat’s shadow in this !

PPBF: The Death of the Hat

DeathHatCoverA Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects: selected by Paul Janeczko
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publisher: Candlewick, 2015
Ages: 5-9yrs
Themes: poetry
Opening: (from Things, Eloise Greenfield) Went to the corner/ Walked in the store/ Bought me some candy/ Ain’t got it no more/Ain’t got it no more.
Summary: (from my library catalog) The award-winning creators of A Foot in the Mouth present a collection of poems inspired by earthly and celestial objects to reveal how poetry has been an enduring artistic form that reflects the historical periods of its writers.

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I like this book because: I am a BIG Raschka fan, because I love how loose and free his illustrations are, and I know it looks a lot easier to do that than it truly is (still trying!). This volume is particularly special because the collection is a history of poetry – you might be surprised how timeless and fressssshhhh century’s old poetry can be!

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Resources/activities: WRITE poetry! Pick one object you like, and one you don’t. READ poetry! When I feel like  I need a break from writing, revisions, drawing even, I like to read poetry, and I am particularly fond of poetry meant for children (I know it’s a scam to keep the best stuff for kids!).

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

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PPBF: Leave Your Sleep

LYScoverCollection of Classic Children’s Poetry: adapted to music by Natalie Merchant
Illustrator: Barbara McClintock
Publisher: Frances Foster Books, FSG, 2012
Ages: 5-9yrs
Themes: poetry
Opening: (from The Land of Nod, R.L.Stevenson) From breakfast on all through the day, At home among my friends I stay; But every night I go abroad, Afar into the land of Nod.
Summary: (from my library catalog) This collection of classic children’s poetry, adapted to music by Natalie Merchant, opens the door to a wondrous world filled with witches and fearless girls, blind men and elephants, giants and sailors and dancing bears. Leave Your Sleepfeatures a daring and delightful selection, ranging from the beloved (e.e. cummings, Edward Lear, and Jack Prelutsky) to the undiscovered (the young Nathalia Crane). Natalie Merchant’s brilliant musical renderings, selected from her highly praised album, share the stage with Barbara McClintock’s richly imagined art to create a memorable reading, looking, and listening experience.

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I like this book because: I’ll admit I hadn’t even opened the book before I melted: McClintock’s illustrations are so rich and divinely rendered that i sat and stared, carefully turning each page as slowly as possible, soaking it all in. I have always loved to leaf through collections, laughing at silly sounds and notions, and wondering why the illustrator decided to illustrate just that particular part of it. Beautifully done, these are lifetime treasures.

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Resources/activities: Watch Merchant perform the poems in a TED Talk – HERE; choose a particularly descriptive line or phrase from any of the poems to illustrate something from; learn a poem by heart, from this book or another.

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