Saturday, July 21, 2012

Picture Book Saturday (25)

The Great Sheep Shenanigans
By Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka
Published 2012 by Andersen Press USA
A humorous retelling of "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing", kids are sure to delight in this picture book. With suitably adorable animals and a scheming wolf, this book charms its audience. With rhyming text for phonological awareness and some downright silly antics, children will love to see the wolf get what's coming to him in the end. Very fun.

I Wish I Could...Dance!
By Tiziana Bendall-Brunello, illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello
Published 2011 by QEB Publishing
I really don't think this book is all that wonderful, but I couldn't resist mentioning it. Little Penguin sees an advertisement for a dance at the zoo and he can't wait to attend! He asks the different animals to teach him their dances but Little Penguin is just not good at any of them. When the dance finally rolls around, what will Little Penguin do? Why, he'll dance his own way - breakdancing! Did you hear me?  A BREAKDANCING PENGUIN. That is all.

The High Street
By Alice Melvin
Published 2011 by Tate Publishing
This book caught my eye because it's a taller, slimmer picture book than most. It tells of Sally's adventures on the High Street as she runs errands. I like the layout - each building front opens up to show the inside. This is a great book for one-on-one reading - you can discuss the different things found in each store and talk about which would be your favorite to visit or a variety of other things. A very simply story but with lots of potential for exploration.

We March
By Shane W. Evans
Published 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
Another stunning picture book from Evans - this time telling the story of the March on Washington in 1963. Evans does a fantastic job of making the story simple enough for even the youngest readers to understand while not dumbing it down to the point of meaninglessness. His illustrations are striking yet again, and the result is a moving and powerful story that should find a place with other titles of African-American history. Evans is truly an author/illustrator to watch.

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