Saturday, August 4, 2012

Picture Book Saturday (27)

What's in the Witch's Kitchen?
By Nick Sharratt
Published 2011 by Candlewick
A Halloween-themed lift the flap book, this is a very innovative use of the flaps. Each flap is engineered to be lifted in two opposite direction and, in the case of this book, one side will show you a trick and the other will show you a treat. Kids are sure to be amazed by the technology at work here (I know I was) and will also have fun giggling over some of the tricks found in the witch's kitchen. A delightful book.

The Family Tree
By David MacPhail
Published 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.
This is a sweet story of a tree that grows alongside a family and the boy who comes along late in the tree's life to save it. A beautiful blend of the personal and the global, this is a lovely tale to introduce young readers to a simple version of environmentalism. This could be shared during a nature storytime as well. A very touching and lovely story.

What Little Boys Are Made Of
By Robert Neubecker
Published 2012 by Balzer + Bray
In this updated version of the classic rhyme, Neubecker delights in making readers aware of all the things little boys are made of. He provides an excellent mix of what we'd expect but also shows the softer and sweeter side of little boys. A perfect gift for mothers of little boys.

The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans
By Mary Quattlebaum, illustrated by Patricia Castelao
Published 2011 by Random House Children's Books
This is a cute ghost story set in New Orleans with illustrations in a style that I think is likely to draw kids in. It tells the story of Fred the Ghost, who is not scary enough to prevent a man and his daughter from moving into his house and opening a restaurant. So, Fred does his best to try to scare them away. It's a happy ending for all when Fred and the living occupants find a way to exist together peacefully. I don't imagine lots of kids seeking out this kind of book, but it could be a nice surprise for the kid who stumbles on it.

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