Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fun children's books to try...

Title: Oh, No!
Author: Candice Fleming; Illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
ISBN: 9780375842719
Obtained: Library copy


I saw this on my library's Wowbrary.  The words "read aloud" drew me in.  I read it to some co-workers first, like a trial run.  Then I had opportunity to read it to the kiddos a few times in a row.  It is a great read aloud with lots of drama and sounds to read (I especially enjoyed Grrr-owwwl!).

Title: Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings
Author: Douglas Florian; Illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
ISBN: 9781442413214
Obtained: Library copy

The pirate theme drew me in to this book with my oldest nephew in mind.  I never did get to read this to him.  Fortunately, I was still able to enjoy it for myself.  The poems are humorous (some of them anyway), not to mention informative.  The include a lot of vocab and definition.  The pirate pictures are interesting and if observed closely, tell a story of their own.

Title: Little Nelly's Big Book
Author: Pippa Goodhart; Illustrated by Andy Rowland
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781599907796
Obtained: Library copy


I found this on the Staff Recommends rack at work.  Little Nelly's Big Book of Knowledge says that mice can be Gray, mice have big ears, and mice have skinny tails.  Can you guess what conclusion Little Nelly jumps to?  She must be a mouse!  As I was reading this to my niece and younger nephew she immediately started correcting me.  I had to explain the story before I even got to the bulk of it so she'd be able to listen.  But I found the book to be very cute and very funny.  I shared it with everyone I could (from family - adults included - to co-workers).  The last page, and it's tip, is the best IMO.

Title: Time (Out) for Monsters!
Author: Jean Reidy; Illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
ISBN: 9781423131274
Obtained: Library copy


This was a fun read.  I didn't realize what it's supposed to be about at first (it's pretty obvious looking back), but that didn't stop me from enjoying it.  The kiddos (or at least my niece and the youngest nephew) loved it as well.  I ended up reading it a few times.  The part with the monster truck prompted the sign "car" from my nephew.  And on one part where the dragon is so big it takes 4 pages (it opens up) the kids got to pet the dragon.  Then I got to ask about what "mommy" would say if they did that.
  I recommended this at work.

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