Monday, October 23, 2017

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson

Illustrated by Kate Hindley

Your step by step guide to washing a woolly mammoth.

Thoughts: Too funny! Washing a woolly mammoth seems to be about as much fun as giving a cat a bath. This will be a fun book to share with elementary students when I do outreach. The illustrations are just right for the story.

Themes: Prehistoric, Baths, Pets, Elementary

(Henry Holt, 2014)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah O'Hora

When her mama and papa decide to adopt a baby wolf, Dot the Bunny tries to warn them it's a bad idea. She remains distrustful of her "brother" until the day they go to the store to get carrots.

Thoughts: Another hilarious read aloud. This book was perfect for my wolf themed storytime although the youngest kids didn't quite get all the humor. I love the bold black lines O'Hora used in the illustrations.

Themes: Rabbits, Wolves, Siblings

(Little Brown & Co, 2015)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Illustrated by Mike Boldt

A young frog dislikes being a frog for a variety of reasons. He'd much rather be a cat, a rabbit, a pig, or an owl. That's until he meets a wolf.

Thoughts: This is such a fun book to read aloud. The young frog can be quite outrageous and the dad so stern. It's a great combination. The illustrations are colorful. I love the use of speech bubbles. They really engage the reader or listener and makes the book a great read aloud.

Themes: Frogs, Elementary

(Doubleday, 2015)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Goodnight Already! by Jory John

Illustrated by Benji Davies

Bear is so sleepy. Duck is wide awake. Good neighbors they aren't.

Thoughts: This book is too funny. I can't wait to read it along with A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker. It is a perfect pairing. The illustrations are bright and colorful. The use of little to no outline is a nice style.

Themes: Bedtime, Unlikely Friends

(Harper, 2015)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Touch the Brightest Star by Charistine Matheson

This interactive picture book invites readers and listeners to participate in bringing night to the day.

Thoughts: I love Tap the Magic Tree and Matheson's second interactive book is just as fun. The actions are engaging and the collage illustrations are enchanting. I look forward to using Touch the Brightest Star in my next night themed storytime.

Themes: Night, Interactive

(Greenwillow, 2015)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sheep Go to Sleep by Nancy Shaw

Illustrated by Margot Apple

Time for five sheep to go to sleep...but they can't sleep! Will Collie be able to help?

Thoughts: I love all the sheep books by Nancy Shaw and this latest will be a great addition to my bedtime themed storytime. The illustrations are soft, vibrant, and interesting.

Themes: Bedtime, Sheep, Rhyme

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)

Friday, October 13, 2017

How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian

Part drawing lesson. Part tribute to dragons as pets.

Thoughts: Fun, fun, fun. I love dragons and I love Florian's childlike illustrations. They have definite kid appeal. Would pair well with various dragon poems.

  • “Dragon Tree” from Poetrees by Douglas Florian 
  • “Shopping at the Dragon Store” from I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky 
  • “Don the Dragon’s Birthday” from Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

How to Draw a Dragon also functions as an art lesson.

Themes: Dragons, Drawing, Pets

(Beach Lane Books, 2015)