Nugget & Fang
By Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Michael Slack
Published 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Nugget and Fang are best friends - yes, even though one is a shark and the other is a minnow. Everything is great for the friends - until Nugget starts minnow school. Nugget begins to question his friendship with Fang. But when the school is in danger, who will rescue them? This is a fun story about how appearances can be deceiving and you can't believe everything you hear. I think kids will really appreciate the humor in this one.
That Is Not a Good Idea!
By Mo Willems
Published 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Another winner from Willems - this one featuring a dastardly-looking fox and a sweet old goose. This is a great one for storytime, as the refrain is begging to be shouted by a large group of children. Funny and clever with a surprise ending - it seems like there is no stopping Willems. He knows exactly how to appeal to kids and I'm happy to keep reading his books as long as he keeps making them.
Phoebe & Digger
By Tricia Springstubb, illustrated by Jeff Newman
Published 2013 by Candlewick Press
This was a fun book. Phoebe plays with her digger when her mother is busy with the new baby. But what happens when a big girl takes Phoebe's digger away from her? I like that Phoebe acts realistically - her reactions are basically what I would expect from a typical preschooler. I thought the solution was realistic as well. I like the illustrations - an interesting style.