Saturday, October 29, 2011

Take a Sick Day

I don't know how things have been for all of you out in internet land, but at our house, at least, it seems that cold/flu/general sickness season has come early this year.  Yuck! Hate it!  My clorox wipes must have lost some of their power or something! 

Anyway, in the spirit of snuggling up with the kiddos, sick or well, might I suggest you take two of these and call me in the morning (or you could just leave a comment below, whatever's easier.)

Llama Llama Home with Mama, by Anna Dewdney

First off, if you haven't seen these llama books before, you really must check one out.  I haven't read them all, but we are particular fans of Llama Llama Mad at Mama in this house (I try not to take that personally).  I love all the llama rhymes, especially shop-o-rama!  The simple rhyming storylines are great for little listeners.  

This one has the charm of the other llama books, with a snuffly twist.  And, I love the illustrations-- which appear to be painted on canvas initially (sorry I am sort of a nerd for illustrations, as you may have noticed.)  You especially must look at the eyes-- I am not trying to be creepy or something; Anna Dewdney can really draw eyes!


A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead
    
Oh, this is a cute book!   When Amos doesn't come in to the zoo one morning, his animals friends come to check on him.  They each comfort him just as he would comfort them. So sweet and endearing!  My favorite part of reading it was when my three year old said (in sort of an astonished, yet knowing way), "That elephant is going to be too big to ride the number five bus."  I hadn't even thought of that.

Oh, and of course my holler for the illustrations.  This is a Caldecott winner.  May I just interject here, all the Caldecotts I have posted about have such unique illustrations.  This one is no exception, I've been analyzing them since we brought the book home.  (Again, geeking out, but I read online that it is pencil and woodblock?  Cool, I'd love to know more about that.)

Anyway, the book has a quaint delighfulness -- it actually does, but I am also obviously running out of synonyms for cute.  Really, read the book, you won't be sorry!

Happy reading and feel better soon!
-Whitney

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