Thursday, October 23, 2014

Volunteer Pumpkin Patch

You can read about volunteer pumpkin patches in both Too Many Pumpkins and Pumpkin Jack.  The first story follows a little old lady who detests pumpkins!  She can't stand the things… then one day when the BIG pumpkin truck comes rumbling by a gigantic pumpkin rolls off the back and breaks into a million pieces in her yard.  I bet you can guess what starts growing the next spring.  I LOVE the illustrations in this book!!!  It's a treasure for sure.  Then with Pumpkin Jack, a little boy carves a pumpkin and LOVES it too much to see it go.  He leaves the Jack-o-Lantern in the garden and it rots and sits and… yep, something magical happens the next spring.

You can live these books too if you like.  We did.  Last year a pile of pumpkins got neglected in the farm yard.  Look at our bounty!!!  What a treat indeed!

Happy Harvest!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

There's a Wolf at the Door

I found a fun new fairy tale book at the library!  I'll be honest, I was actually drawn to this book because of the size. I love when books are unexpectedly large or small….

or long or fat…

any abnormal or unexpected size, really.

(Although, in my home library these are the ones I'm always frustrated with because they never look right on the shelves next to the regular sized-ish books. But, that's really between me and my OCD, isn't it?)

Anyway! There's a Wolf at the Door is a comic style take on a few favorite wolf centered tales.  The stories are woven together with the Wolf being the main character throughout. Obviously, it's no secret by now that I happen to love fractured fairy tales, but just in case anyone is new, "Hi, my name is Whitney and I love a good fractured fairy tale."

There's lots of quirky fun in this book!  You'll see the 3 little girls, the boy who cried wolf (and his very helpful sheep-- they come in a few times), as well as meeting 7 clever little goslings. But my favorite twisted tale in the book is Little Red Riding Hood.

Red Riding Hood, named Rhonda in this version, is a self-centered little fashion diva! She doesn't care for much besides red clothing and accessories, and shopping for said red things. Her parents are a little worried. They think maybe a little act of altruism will help her out...

Obviously, Rhonda ends up doing the 'job' mostly as an excuse to wear her red cape.  She, of course, meets the Wolf (who happens to have impeccable fashion sense) you see where this is going….Oh, except I bet you didn't see this coming…

She ends up taking him down with her shoe!! So perfect! I'm a fan, if you didn't catch that before. And, the other stories in this book have the same sort of silly, cartoonishly slapstick comedy. It's fun!

Maybe this book will be at your library too! It'll be the one that is sticking out all skiwampus from the shelf.

Happy reading!

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,

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!

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,