Monday, July 1, 2013

A couple Salina Yoon children's books: Opposnakes and Penguin on Vacation

Title: Opposnakes: A Lift-the-Flap Book About Opposites

Author: Salina Yoon

Publisher: Little Simon

ISBN: 9781416978756

Obtained: Library ILL book

Why this book?:

I like Salina Yoon's work, and I was curious about this one.


This is a cute book.  There's a straightforward opposites aspect.  But there's an underlying humor as well for the observant (kid or adult).  i.e. The "Straight Snake" is straight of course.  But he's also a sheriff and "straight-shooter" while the "Tangled Snake" is a burglar tangled up in his prison stripes.  And there are others humorous touches.  The "Quiet Snake" that is reading all about music.  The "Slow Snake" that even a snail is outpacing - with a lead.  Just a quick, cute picture book.

Title: Penguin on Vacation

Author: Salina Yoon

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780802733962

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I read and enjoyed the first Penguin book, Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story


Penguin does the same activities all the time.  So he decides he's going to go somewhere warm.  He finds out that he can't do all those same activities on the sand (though you can sandboard which is similar to sledding - one of the things penguin finds he cannot do on the sand - I've done it).  Anyway he makes a new friend (Yea for new friends!) learns what he is able to do while on vacation in a tropical location, and experiences new things.  I though Penguin and Pinecone was better, but this one was still cute.

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