Saturday, September 1, 2012

Picture Book Saturday (31)

Silly Doggy!
By Adam Stower
Published 2012 by Scholastic
Lily finds an adorable lost dog out her window - the problem is that it isn't really a dog; it's a bear! But Lily will not be deterred. She will make this work. Unfortunately, Lily's mommy tells her that someone else is probably missing their lost "doggy," so she makes a found poster. This story is really adorable with sweet illustrations and a surprise ending that will surely please the kids. This would be perfect in a storytime.

Soup for One
By Ethan Long
Published 2012 by Running Press
This is a cute concept book about counting, using flies enjoying some soup. Long's signature illustration style seems particularly well-suited to drawing insects. Kids will enjoy counting the bugs because they are just the right mix of silly and gross. The ending is sure to be a hit as well.

Dog in Charge
By K.L. Going, illustrated by Dan Santat
Published 2012 by Penguin Group USA
Santat has become, for me, an illustrator who I won't miss. I will read every book that's got his name attached to it. How could I resist this one with that lovely cover, promising dog and cat-filled hijinks? Dog loves his owners and tries to be the best dog he can be. But when they leave him in charge of 5 restless cats who can't seem to listen, will Dog's reputation be ruined? Absolutely charming and sure to be enjoyed by kids, this would be a lot of fun in a pet storytime.

Eggs 1 2 3: Who Will the Babies Be?
By Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Betsy Thompson
Published 2012 by Blue Apple Books
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first glance, it seems to be a simple counting book for young kids, but it's actually a little science lesson. The eggs counted in the book belong to a variety of animals and we learn a bit about them as we count the eggs. Readers are invited to guess what kind of animal each egg belongs to, which will surely delight kids, and they will learn new words in a context that makes them easy to understand. Lovely illustrations as well. 

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