Absolutely my favorite Patrick McDonnell book ever. Easily a good choice for a read-aloud for kids and technology addicts of all ages. There's nothing this story doesn't have, and the illustrations have a Gary Larson-esque hilarity which makes them pop off every page.
More solid career ideas for your over-achieving toddler's future from the author and illustrator of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect. The future is now.
Probably the most beautiful picture book we will see this year.
Hooray, there is a new hardcover book from Berkeley Breathed for me to joyously handsell! I have never been so smitten with an author/illustrator's whole body of work. It's all magic.
OMG. This is hysterical.
What's to say? The Creature from My Closet series is brilliant. Obert Skye has new readers scavenging through their old shelves for those weird old books that some old person once recommended, and they're loving every literary minute. Behold the Lord of the Hat.
Childhood and the bayou are both bound up in joys and sorrows. Jewell Parker Rhodes seems to intimate such wisdom with her beautiful, heartfelt prose. Maddy's summer visit, with all the adventures, lessons and magical moments it lends, is measured out lovingly yet sternly by her grandmother. There, in the bayou, she will take her place among a congregation of kind, strong women.
Rad American Women A-Z is both groovy and energizing for kids of all ages. I cannot wait to sell stacks and stacks.
What would it be like to frolic outside in nature? Sweetie Pie, the hamster, can only wonder. He lives a closed-in solitary life of the pet shop and knows too well the sometimes downright horrors of domestic life. Chris Van Allsburg lends another life lesson subtle, almost real, color and form in his new picture book, the Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.
Gorgeous and full of heart, Otis and the Scarecrow is the perfect book to warm up a fall storytime. Otis is up to his usual frolic, and he even meets a very odd but eventual friend. Storms come and storms go, but life in the country is good when a tractor has good friends.
The first time I read this aloud I imagined my storytime crowd, and how animated the children would be as I delivered the words to this picture-less picture-book, how people's disbelief would turn into laughter, how people would have to laugh out loud, because the book is so funny, the words and sounds are silly, who could resist?