Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sick Simon

So, remember when I told you about The Great Lollipop Caper? Well, you're in for more quirky picture book fun today because I have Dan Krall's newest book, Sick Simon!

Confession: I'm sort of a germ freak...admitting it is the first step, right? But really (and I blame teaching school for this) I am some sort of hand sanatizer slinging and hand washing sheriff! And FORGET IT if someone else tries to prepare meat in my kitchen-- but wait-- that's another story all together! Anyway, when it comes to germs, this is book is kind of great! (And horrifying at the same time). Well, you take a peek...

Yup, it's about this kid, Simon, and he is sick! Look! See his super gross nose? Totally disgusting, right?  (There is one point in the book where it's an actual river of green-- YIKES!) The thing is, Simon doesn't really seem to notice his ailments so much, but everyone else sure does….

Ha! The kid reaching for the show and tell toy, his expression is classic! I'm sure you didn't know this, but apparently all this infection dispersal this makes germs super happy! So happy in fact, that they strike up a little conversation with Simon...

(Dan Krall is like some sort of magician when it comes to word bubbles-- the talking germs are HILARIOUS!!)

Simon is just appalled to find out he's been the star of a one man germ delivery show! So,  he takes matters into his own hands, literally!

'Is his nose talking?' HA! I love that one (almost as much as the germs telling Simon what they do). Anyway, things work out great for Simon...

Plus, all the other kids are so happy too! Isn't that cute? Everyone in our house found this book quite amusing!

But really-- I think its pretty clever don't you?  I mean, how many times have you told your kids to wash their hands, cover their mouth, etc…NOW GERMS ARE TELLING THEM! That's something new.  Plus the back cover-- I want to blow it up and plaster it all over my house…

Now let me tell you something even more fun, we have 2 copies to giveaway! You can meet the talking germs in person-- and you don't even have to get sick (THANK GOODNESS). So, stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram- we're giving away a copy at each location!

Happy reading and happy germ fighting!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Take Away the A

We just discovered a fantastic new book!  Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier.  First of all I love ABC books, I could collect ABC books forever (and I probably will).  Secondly, this book is the kind that makes your mind tick.  After reading it to my 7 year old the other night we stayed up making words into new words… If you take the R out of Frog, he's left in the Fog.  If you take the M out of Lamb he works in a Lab.  If  you take the R out of Carp, he's wearing a Cap.  It's such a fun game!!!  (Just Whitney's style, I bet she'd be a master at playing this game… whereas I really have to think about it.  But still, it's fun for me too.)

It's a good one!  Find yourself a copy and have fun figuring out riddles of your own.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Terrible Two

Hey, how about a new chapter book? A funny one! I have the perfect thing, it's The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett (remember him!) and Jory John.  It just came out last week!

First you meet Miles. He's the new kid at school and he is a serious about pranks! So serious, in fact, that he is bound and determined to solidify his reputation at the best prankster this new school has ever seen.  But friends, he keeps encountering problems...

Problem number one is Niles. Niles is everything Miles isn't! He wears wing tipped shoes to school. He's pals with the principal (he even has a school helper sash) and he is all up in Miles' face.  ALL. THE. TIME. Niles even tries to give Miles a brief 5 question survey over the phone! (That's pretty funny actually, if you're not Miles.)

Miles next problem is Princlpal Barkin WHO IS ALWAYS YELLING SO ALL HIS TALKING IS IN ALL CAPS!!! (Which I love!) Principal Barkin has it out for Miles from day one. And Principal Barkin has all these funny signs posted around the school that say PRINCIPAL BARKIN SEZ, which is mostly just funny, and not really a problem for Miles, well expect maybe this one…

But the real problem is the pranks! Miles' pranks keep getting foiled and on top of that-- HE is getting OUT-PRANKED!! It's more than he can handle. He almost cracks under the pressure. BUT, an unlikely solution presents itself and-- and, well it turns out to be pretty fantastic for him!

Listen, this book is great! It's a quick read and it's got funny art (by Kevin Cornell) breaking up the text (which enhances the story and also makes the book less intimidating to reluctant readers). I'd say it's about right for the 3rd to 5th grade crowd, boys and girls alike.

It's the classic grade school novel (think Judy Blume or Andrew Clements) but with all these fun twists and cow facts-- YES, I said cow facts!  Mac Barnett and Jory John! They've created this hilarious story with completely outrageous pranks, yet it's totally relatable and even has a underlining theme of friendship and teamwork. Awesome job gentlemen!

Happy reading, and happy pranking!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Mermaid's Shoes

I have the most delicious eye candy for you today!  Not only that... it's completely delightful to read as well.  A clever story about a little girl who finds a pair of abandoned mermaid shoes (flippers) at the beach on vacation.  The Mermaid's Shoes was published by Lemniscaat in 2014 (first published in the Netherlands in 2012).  It's an absolutely gorgeous book.  Written and Illustrated by Sanne te Loo, it's an oversized book and you will want to POUR over the detailed illustrations.

In the story our little self proclaimed mermaid tries to find a home away from the sea… she searches the city for the right place.  It ends with such a clever twist.  Very relatable!

Find a copy of this book.  You're going to love it!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

There was an Old Lady

Here's a fun idea…

Take a piece of cardboard and create your own 'old lady' (complete with cut-out big gaping mouth) then let her eat all kinds of silly things around the house!  It's hilarious and fun.  And there are TONS of books that go along with it.  Like all of these.

Recently (with a group of preschoolers) I filled a basket with silly things for the old lady to eat.  Each item had a note tied to it that said: 'choose a story', 'play a game' or 'sing a song'.  After the child fed the old lady we did what the note said.  It was great fun!