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August 23, 2011

Shark vs. Train

“Who will win?”

“Well, that depends on if they’re … in the ocean ..or on railroad tracks. If they’re on a seesaw on in hot-air balloons.”

This imaginative tale is about a competition between a shark and a train. The situations range from expected to bizarre, wacky and silly. By the end even shark and train realize this competition is getting a little out of hand.

The illustrations are the gem of the book, they carry the humor in an action-packed, cooky way.  The pictures vividly capture the myriad of emotions that shark and train experience in event after event.  The illustrator does a phenomenal job in bringing to life the characters by harnessing the soul and energy of two young boys.

This book will definitely appeal to any young boy, but my two girls enjoyed it thoroughly. Sometimes my 5 year old and I will grab two toys and try to come up with our own wacky competition.

Author: Chris Barton
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld

Shark vs. Train

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August 3, 2011

Can’t Sleep Without Sheep

“Can we please stop?” asked the sheep. “We’re exhausted.”

“No! I need you to keep jumping!” said Ava.

“In that case,” said the sheep, “we quit.”

Ava is young girl who has trouble falling asleep at night, tossing and turning, since her mind is so busy. Her mother encourages to count sheep. Initially this goes okay, but after a few days the sheep are worn out and want to quit. They assure Ava they will find suitable replacements. A slew of animals such as chickens, pigs, and even penguins, try out for the position; but for various reasons it doesn’t work out. Through the process the sheep learn how special and irreplaceable they really are.

I love, love, love the middle section of the book where the different animals are trying out. It was laugh-out-loud hilarious, and I normally do not laugh out loud. I can’t wait to read it to my girls. The strong points of this book are the concept and colorful, warm-colored illustrations.

Author: Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka

Can't Sleep Without Sheep

May 10, 2011

Shark in the Park

Pup wakes Fat Cat.

She meows, “Why did you bark?”

“There’s a shark in the park!” Pup barks.

A cute little pup runs around the park warning his friends about the shark in the park. The story is short and entertaining with a surprise ending, that still makes my girls giggle.

This book is one of twelve books in the Usborne Phonics Readers Series. Each book focuses on a different sets of phonemes. (see post on “Phonemic Awareness“). I would recommend these books to kids that have already learned both short and long vowels, and constant blends and are looking to practice reading. These books may be a bit challenging for kids just starting to learn, due to the blends and irregular words.

Of the twelve books in the series, this book was our favorite. Some others we liked were ‘Frog On a Log‘ and ‘Toad Makes a Road‘.

Author: Phil Roxbee
Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright

Shark in the Park

May 3, 2011

The Loud Book!

“There are lots of louds: Alarm Clock loud … Dropping your lunch tray loud .. Crackling campfire loud”

This book explores all the different types of loud that can happen during the day. Happy louds, bad louds, quiet louds, and of course noisy louds!

With ‘The Quiet Book‘, I read and thought. With the Loud Book, I read, thought, and giggled. The illustrations are just as adorable as in the previous book. Use this book to ask your kids to tell their own LOUD stories.

Author: Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Renata Liwska

The Loud Book

April 12, 2011

Falling for Rapunzel

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!”

She thought he said, “Your underwear.”

One day a prince rides by and sees the girl of his dreams. He asks her to throw down various items so he can climb up and save her. But things don’t quite work out that way, due to series of mis-understandings. The book does end with the prince’s dreams coming true, but it’s not what you would expect. Afterall, it is a fractured fairytale.

My girls like the simple colorful images and rhyme. The author does a good job with the page-turns in holding the reader’s suspense of “what did Rapunzel throw down next”. This is a refreshing re-telling of a classic. Kids do not need be familiar with the original Rapunzel to enjoy this rendition.

Grab this book from the library and have a few chuckles!

Author: Leah Wilcox
Illustrator: Lydia Monks

Falling for Rapunzel

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