Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Scarecrows' Wedding



I've been meaning to post this book for the past month or so!  Where does the time go?  

Here we have The Scarecrows' Wedding by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Remember The Gruffalo?   Remember Room on the Broom?   Remember countless other books full of rhymes, adventures and wonderful silliness by Julia Donaldson?)  Either way, this book is a winner!  It's cute, creative and perfect for my most beloved season; Autumn.  You should find a copy and read it, you'll be glad you did!  

Happy fall-time reading,
Robyn



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween book collections?

I suppose this is kind of a silly question, being as most of the people that read this blog are book fanatics, but do you have a separate little hoard collection of Halloween books?

Well, guess what-- I DON'T!! Strange, right?? I probably have like 2 or 3 Halloween books in the house that we actually own. (Well, maybe 4 or 5…or possibly 6. But we all know that's by no means enough for a holiday collection!)

You see, we get most of our Halloween stuff at the library each year. But this year I noticed a small problem: I think we've read ALL the Halloween books our library has! Plus, the good stuff is usually checked out around Halloween. (Obviously!) So, I think it's time I start gathering up some good Halloween books for our home library.  Here are a few I'm thinking of buying…


The Hallo-wiener by Dave Pilkey (We own a wiener dog so we really ought to own this book!)

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans (I'm not sure how I haven't purchased this yet. Robyn has blogged about it twice and admitted it is the favorite book from her Halloween collection…I guess I can't take a hint.)

A Job for Wittilda by the Buehners (I love this quirky book! I think I mention it every Halloween!)

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (I actually bought this book last year and then LEFT IT AT THE STORE!!! When I went back all the Halloween books were put away so I didn't try to find it, I just go my money back-- if you were wondering.)

Over in the Hollow by Rebecca Dickinson (I already have a collection of 'over in the…' books so this is obviously a book I should own.)

Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci (The girls are still obsessed though it's been a couple weeks since we've had to return it to the library.)

Frankie Stein by Lola M. Schafer (This was the favorite library find last Halloween.)

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro (We love a good 'old lady' book in this house!)

Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace (Its sweet and adorable! Not spooky, all fun!  We need the companion book too!!)

Of course some of these are just sort of monster-ish or witchy themed books that would be great to read all year round-- which we probably will! What are the must own books in your Halloween collection?

Happy holiday book collecting!
Whitney


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Popsicle Stick Air Planes


A variety of popsicle sticks, wooden clothes pins, hot glue, washi tape, water colors, stickers. & crayons.  Hours of fun!

I was inspired by an Instagram posted by Love & Lollipops.

Not only did my own kids love it, we also used this activity for a preschool story hour group with 25 kids and it was a HUGE HIT!  HUGE!

Happy Crafting,
Robyn

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Here's a Halloween post for ya...

Irony.  Not the bestest of friends.
My sis works at a middle school.  Not long ago she got head lice.  She was pretty upset (understandably so).  Last week as I was pursuing the book fair with my kids I saw Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon.  I couldn't resist.  I purchased a copy with the full intention of mailing it to my dear sister.  FAST FORWARD three days.  Adorable Miss Kitten (my sweetest four year old) gets out of the bath on Sunday morning, I glance at her head… BUGS!!!  yep.  Suddenly the book is no longer a hilarious joke to send to my 'grimy-headed' little sister.  More like an ironic twist on my own life (and that of my family).  So, for story time Sunday night we enjoyed ourselves a little David Shannon.  And we all had a good laugh.  Cause guess what folks?  If you don't laugh you're going to cry.

Happy Itching,
Robyn

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cinderella Skeleton

Ok, well let me begin by saying that Robyn mentioned Halloween last week, so all's fair now-- Halloween's been broken (like when you play Hearts, you know-- is that what you call it when someone plays a heart, that hearts have been broken? That's what we call it…)

So anyway, now we can talk about Halloween every single post if we want, that's the rule! Not that we will, but we can-- and you know what? I'm just gonna say Christmas right now in case Robyn wants to talk about that--I mean, I think it's too early, but I'm the kind of nice blog partner that I'll just take a hit like that for her, just in case ;)

And guess what? I'm also the kind blog partner who talks about imaginary rules for 3 paragraphs in my posts…umm, yep.  So, how about I talk about a book now because this is going down hill very quickly!  Illustrations! That'll help…



So, quite obviously, Cinderella Skeleton is a skeleton version of Cinderella. Have any of you read it? It's a touch bizarre and maybe a little morbid-- as you might expect a skeleton fairy tale to be. But, it's so gorgeous!




Have you ever seen a skeleton look so elegant before? I mean really, she's stunning! How can that be? Kudos to illustrator David Catrow for creating such eerie, yet gorgeous art to compliment this fractured tale!



And, speaking of fractured, Cinderella loses more than her shoe in this version. It's the perfect skeletony twist!

Happy reading!

Whitney