Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dear Santa, Bring me BIG KID picture books...

Hello, Whitalics coming at you here. We are winding down on our weekly Wednesday lists. If you've been following from the beginning of these lists you know what that means: tick…tick…tick…
Today?  Well of course we've got an all star lists of picture books for you…these would be Big Kid Picture Books (not so much pre-K books like we shared a few Wednesdays ago.)
Bill Peet books are classics.  There are a ton of them and they each have a good meaty story that big kids really enjoy.

We happen to be huge fans of the complete hilarity that is The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, oh and of course The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! Also a favorite from that duo!!

I'm going to be completely unoriginal and recommend the Frog and Toad books.  Arnold Lobel stands in a class of his own. (Also, Frog and Toad are pretty much awesome, so it's good you mentioned them! I love them!!)

Now how about I do something totally predictable and recommend a David Shannon book! (I'm sorry I'm a like a broken record.) A Bad Case of Stripes is such a great book! Wonderful message and stellar art!!

Don and Audrey Wood's Heckedy Peg is such a terrifying witch.  I hated this book the first time I read it, but I love it now and have never met a kid who wasn't enthralled by this frightening fairy tale.

Do you remember my Cinderellas around the world obsession last year? (Find reminders here and here.) Anyway, I've just happened upon another one that looks so lovely: Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale by Robert D. San Souci.

The Gaskitt Books by Allan Ahlberg are new to me.  They are delightful!  A combination of picture book and chapter book combined with mystery and maps.  Just fantastic!

Lilac and I just recently pulled out my childhood copy of The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base. She's loved it! You solve the mystery in the story using clues in the text and incredibly detailed illustrations. (The fun part around here is that my original notes were still tucked in the book, and I never solved it so now we're at it together!)

Do you remember my review of The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway by Lise Lunge-Larsen?  Perfect big kid picture book!  So cool!

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman with art from my beloved Marla Frazee is probably one of the greatest books ever. There's rhyming and just plain fantastic illustrations! So, it should really be on this list. Get it, for sure!!

Okay, I certainly hope this post finds all of you well on your way to being ready for Christmas!
Happy reading and happy wrapping!
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