Saturday, August 25, 2012

Picture Book Saturday (30)

Stop Thief!
By Adam J.B. Lane
Published 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
This is a fun story about a little boy who no longer needs his stuffed animal. But he may change his tune when he sees a thief stealing away with Mr. Pigglesworth. The illustrations are simple and bold and this would be an absolutely fabulous book for dialogic reading - there are plenty of things going on through the pages to talk about.

Pass It On
By Marilyn Sadler, illustrated by Michael Slack
Published 2012 by Blue Apple Books
This book epitomizes the game of "Telephone" as Bee tries to get the message out about his friend Cow stuck in the fence. His message gets more and more garbled as it's passed around the farmyard. Very fun and vibrant illustrations and lots of silly messages would make this a good addition to a storytime.

Aliens in Underpants Save the World
By Claire Freedman, illustrated by Ben Cort
Published 2012 by Simon & Schuster
This is sort of a sequel to their earlier book, Aliens Love Underpants. Well, as a matter of fact, Freedman and Cort have down a few different underpants books. They are all a bit silly but sweet, with bright illustrations. This tells the tale of how the underpants-loving aliens end up saving the planet with their briefs. Any of the underpants tales is sure to be a storytime hit.

Piggy Bunny
By Rachel Vail, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
Published 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
I love this book! This is about a piglet named Liam who wants to be a bunny when he grows up. Nobody really understands him but they mostly just let him be. They insist they love him the way he is, but Liam really wants to be a bunny. Adorable illustrations and a fun story about staying true to yourself make this a really lovely new picture book.

Because Your Mommy Loves You
By Andrew Clements, illustrated by R.W. Alley
Published 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I picked this one up because I knew Clements as a novelist but didn't know he wrote picture books too. This is a very sweet story about how mommies love you. And because they love you so much, sometimes they want you to do things for yourself, to figure out how to fix your own mistakes. This is sure to be a popular book with the parents-to-be or new parent crowd. Uncomplicated illustrations gently illuminate the relationship between the mommy and child. Very sweet book.

Hide & Seek
By Il Sung Na
Published 2011 by Meadowside Children's
I couldn't resist picking this up because of the adorable cover illustration. The illustrations are beautiful throughout, accompanying a very simple counting story as the jungle animals play hide and seek. Perfect for a toddler storytime - I just adore this illustration style.

By Adam McHeffey
Published 2012 by Marshall Cavendish Children's Books
This is kind of a cute story about a little vampire named Asiago who really just wants to spend time with his friends. But there is a slight problem - his friends aren't vampires, so their fun activities are a bit limited. I liked the approach to creative problem solving and the illustrations suit the story quite nicely. This would be a good book for a storytime around Halloween, though it doesn't talk about the holiday, just features the vampire.

Small Bunny's Blue Blanket
By Tatyana Feeney
Published 2012 by Random House Children's Books
Bunny and his blanket are best friends - they do everything together. Admittedly, they get quite dirty during their adventures. When mom suggests a wash, bunny is not pleased. He waits patiently (107 minutes), only to find that blue blanket is not exactly the same. With a little hesitation, bunny eventually finds out that blue blanket will always be blue blanket and their adventures can continue. A very sweet and comforting story for young ones with a special item they worry about letting out of their sight.

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