Saturday, September 22, 2012

Picture Book Saturday (34)

The Monster Who Lost His Mean
By Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds
Published 2012 by MacMillan
This book starts off by telling readers just what exactly each letter of the word "monster" stands for. Of course, the "M" stands for "mean" - but what happens when one monster loses him "M"? This delightful story of an Onster and his optimism in the face of adversity (yes, heady words for a picture book, I know) was absolutely fun to read. The pictures are perfectly suited to the story and I think kids will really cheer for this one.

1 2 3 Peas
By Keith Baker
Published 2012 by Beach Lane Books
To accompany his LMNO Peas, Baker now introduces readers to a group of peas that love counting. The illustrations are bright and fun and kids will love counting along with these crazy peas. This is sure to be a popular new concept book.

Rocket Writes a Story
By Tad Hills
Published 2012 by Scwartz & Wade
The lovable and curious Rocket is back! After learning to read with his patient teacher, the little yellow bird, Rocket now has the courage to decide he wants to write a story of his own. But what will his story be about? With a little help from a new friend, Rocket finds his perfect story. This is such a feel-good book - I definitely felt all warm and fuzzy inside after finishing it! Rocket is a great character, sure to have huge appeal to kids. My only complaint is that these stories are too long for storytime - otherwise I would be sharing them whenever I could!

Bear in Love
By Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Published 2012 by Candlewick Press
This is a sweet story of Bear, who awakes one morning to find a delicious surprise waiting for him. From that day on, the surprises get sweeter and sweeter until Bear thinks he just might be in love with whoever is leaving these treats for him. So Bear leaves a present of his own. Will friendship blossom? I think we all know the answer to this, but the story is a delight to read. The illustrations are soft and beautiful, perfectly evoking the feeling of this story. I adored this book.

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