PPBF: Where’s Baby?…and my own cover reveal…WHAT?

Author/Illustrator: Anne Hunter
Publisher: 
Tundra PRH, 2020
Age: 
2-5
Themes: foxes, prepositions, hide-and-seek
OpeningHave you seen Baby, Mama Fox? Why, Baby must be somewhere, Papa Fox.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Papa Fox is looking for Baby Fox, who is just out of his sight … but not ours! An adorable, interactive read-aloud for fans of Are You My Mother. In this clever introduction to prepositions, a near-sighted Papa is looking for his baby. Is Baby up in the tree? Is Baby under the log? Is Baby around the corner? Where could Baby be? Readers will delight in spotting the little fox on every page as Papa wanders the forest, encountering other animals all along the way, but never quite able to spot his own baby. Anne Hunter’s delicate and lovely illustrations with their limited palette highlight the humor of this adorable hide-and-seek tale.

I like this book because: there are so many reasons! The illustrations (which MELT my heart!) were done in ballpoint pen and colored pencil; the text is handwritten; I love foxes – like, they are my favorite animal!; my storytime gang loved it so much we had to read it again, right away! Ticks all the boxes: simple, rich, funny, readaloudability, nice size (yeah, it’s a thing for me!) AND the case, but you’ll have to pick it up to find out for yourself!

Resources/activities: we played Topfschlagen, a German party game where a blindfolded child (we used an airline mask) taps around with a wooden spoon on the floor for the over-turned pot the others have ‘hidden’, and receives the ‘gift’ underneath. We used shiny little apples that were enjoyed by all; I also brought a glass jar filled with rice and a couple of very small toys hidden inside that the kids had to shake and roll around to find.

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

🎉Now to the cover reveal for my picture book illustration debut, to be released October 6th, 2020, called LOUIS, written by Tom Lichtenheld. Only I won’t be posting it here just yet – you’ll have to come over to the Soaring 20’s High-Flying Picture Book Debut website HERE. I will post links for pre-orders under Books very soon! (Mini-reveal “Story” at Instagram – HERE!)

PPBF: The Terrible Plop

Author: Ursula Dubosarsky
Illustrator:
 Andrew Joyner
Publisher: 
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009
Age: 
3-7
Themes: rabbits, fear, stories in rhyme
OpeningSix little rabbits down by the lake munching on carrots and chocolate cake.

Summary: (from my library catalog) When a mysterious sound sends the whole forest running away in fear, only the littlest rabbit is courageous enough to discover what really happened.

I like this book because: my storytime gang liked it as much as I did! and nothing beats when we all have fun together. It’s an energetic read-aloud, in rhyme, with plenty of humor and surprise. I like to read in a rather dramatic fashion, and this was a perfect outlet for my talents! Ha!

Resources/activities: discuss which sounds may have spooked you; would you leave chocolate cake if you were scared? (Not me!); create a puppet show based on this story – everyone can chose to be whatever animal they want, but someone must be the bear!; serve carrots and chocolate cake at the cast party!

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

PPBF: Have You Seen My Blankie?

Author: Lucy Rowland
Illustrator:
 Paula Metcalf
Publisher: 
Nosy Crow, 2019
Age: 
3-7
Themes: Princesses, Blankie, dragons
OpeningSee images below.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Princess Alice has lost her very precious blankie and she must find it! But her brother doesn’t have it and neither does the giant or the witch. Finally Alice finds her special snuggly in the arms of a sleepy dragon, but he looks so sad when she takes it back that she knows she must find him something just as cozy, soft and warm to cuddle. But what could that be.

I like this book because: it is a fun read-aloud, in rhyme, with adorable illustrations including many details to linger on (and go back to linger on!). The cumulative story style makes a surprising turn with twists we can all identify with. I guarantee readers will beg to read it again!

Resources/activities: list things some of us need to help us sleep, maybe share in Show-and-Tell fashion; ask what object in your possession might you have offered to the dragon; act the whole story out in a play!

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

PPBF: The Greatest Table

Author: Michael J. Rosen
Illustrator:
Becca Stadtlander
Publisher: 
Creative Editions, 2019
Age: 
4+
Themes: Food, hunger, community, juvenile poetry
Full titleThe greatest table isn’t set inside a single home – oh no, it spans the continents and no one eats alone.

Summary: (from my library catalog) In a world of bountiful food yet increasing food insecurity, we are called to remember that all creatures have a place–and may be fed sustainably–at the greatest, communal table offered by our planet.

I like this book because: it would be the right one to read at thanksgiving, when we are most willing to be grateful for what we have, but also at other holidays, where we place value on giving of ourselves. And this book combines both in a most eloquent way. The illustrations offer up the kind of detail that makes us slow down to discover them while the words off the page linger in our ears. Delightful!

Resources/activities: cook a meal, plan a picnic, keeping flavors unfamiliar and customs new to you in mind; invite others to a potluck to bring and share.

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

PPBF: Playlist

Author: James Rhodes
Illustrator:
 Martin O’Neill
Publisher: 
Candlewick Studio, 2019
Age: 
5+
Themes: Music, classical music, masterworks
Full titlePlaylist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound

Summary: (from my library catalog) Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the joys of being the middle child in a loving family of rabbits.

I like this book because: it’s stunning, like old album covers, and it’s an enthralling intro to classical music. Recently friends been surprised to find out that I play classical music in my car. Really loud too! I realize not as many grew up in a household in which that is pretty much all we were allowed to listen to (when Dad was home!), but I was surprised that I am the “only friend that listens to it in the car”! So I though I would share this book in hopes that others might also get the bug! Classical rocks!

Resources/activities: listen to all the masters introduced in the book, after reading each chapter. That’s it! I don’t want to push it, I want others to love classical too!

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

PPBF: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Author/Illustrator: Charles Mackesy
Publisher: 
Harper One/Harper Collins, 2019
Age: 
all
Themes: animals, conduct of life, fables
Opening“I’m so small,” said the mole. “Yes,” said the boy. “But you make a huge difference.”

Summary: (from my library catalog – which they took from the publisher!) Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together. Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including “Help,” which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.

I like this book because: every little thing, every page is a treat! Each little ‘chapter’ will keep every reader thinking for days and days. I recommend it to anyone and everyone – a perfect gift for anyone you love, and especially for those that need to be loved (hint: all of us!) And I haven’t even mentioned the art! Ha! Superb! Go read it! Treasure it, and pass it on!

Resources/activities: create a play with stuffed animals or even home-made puppets or masks; take a walk in nature and sit down once in a while and read a ‘chapter’, think about that chapter until you find another resting spot and repeat with the other ‘chapters’; talk about each ‘chapter’ and what it means to listeners.; read more about the author/illustrator HERE

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

PPBF: Bunny in the Middle

Author: Anika Denise
Illustrator:
 Christopher Denise
Publisher: 
Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt and Co, 2019
Age: 
3-7
Themes: Siblings, family life, rabbits
OpeningWhen you’re ihn the middle…you’re not the oldest and you’re not the youngest. You are right in between .

Summary: (from my library catalog) Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the joys of being the middle child in a loving family of rabbits.

I like this book because: I’m a middlest child, and can identify with every whisker twist of this in between bunny. The illustrations themselves are lighting up all the adorable markers in my brain, but feeling noticed is what made me fall in love. I would have worn the pages onion-skin-thin had I had a book like this when I needed it.

Resources/activities: list the pros and cons of different positions in the family – maybe even include parents!; discuss within a class or larger group, reform new ‘family’ groups with oldest, middle, youngest, twin, members – we might find we are more able to listen to the woes of a friend over a sibling; talk about what positions our parents, grandparents, teachers, guardians had in their families and see if their feelings are the same today as they might have been in the past.

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

PPBF: Vroom!

Author/Illustrator: Barbara McClintock
Publisher: 
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019
Age: 
3-6
Themes: Automobiles, cars, imagination
OpeningSee image below .

Summary: (from my library catalog) Follows a young girl’s imaginary journey as she zooms in a race car past fields and forests to faraway lands before returning home to her own safe bed.

I like this book because: the deceptively simple writing packs a punch, inviting listeners to add “Vroom!” whenever possible! It was such a fun read aloud, with beautiful illustrations loaded with details, esp the ones in the forest that the kids loved to shout out as soon as they found them! (See image below)

Resources/activities: read companion books like, Go, Dog, Go!, by P.D. Eastman, and Red Light, Green Lion, by Candace Ryan and Jennifer Yerkes; build your own toilet-paper roll cars. Our storytime gang used used milk lids and pipe cleaners (we tried straws and twisty ties, but they didn’t work as well).

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

PPBF: Mice Twice

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.

Around the corner from Brattle Bookshop, the Make Way for Ducklings sculptures in Boston Commons (dressed as RBGs!)

PPBF: Ogilvy

Author: Deborah Underwood
Illustrator:
 T.L. McBeth
Publisher: 
Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Co, 2019
Age: 
4-100
Themes: rabbits, clothing, sex roles, story in rhyme
OpeningOgilvy happily hopped up and down. The very fist day in a very new town .

Summary:(from my library catalog) When Ogilvy moves to a new town, he discovers that bunnies who wear dresses play ball and knit socks, and bunnies in sweaters make art and climb rocks, and Ogilvy must figure out a way to do it all.

I like this book because: it’s BRILLIANT! In a delightful yet touching way, Underwood has managed to teach such a valuable lesson without having bopped the reader(s) on the head with pedagogy! Each time I read it I find another layer too! Get your Ogilvy on!

Resources/activities: Make collage clothing for your own bunny characters; discuss what it might feel like to move to a new town (read a companion book, like Neville by Norman Juster, and or what it feels like to be pressured by others to behave in a way you might not want to; discuss empathy, tolerance and acceptance and what makes them similar, and how the are different.

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