Blieka is a cute, floppy-eared bunny that just received a new present: A Big Red Ball! It goes everywhere with Blieka, but what happens when a friend asks to borrow it? The response, “It’s not yours, it’s MINE!” Does this sound familiar? Susanna Moores tackles the idea of sharing and friendship in her debut picture book, It’s Not Yours, It’s Mine!. As both the author and illustrator, Susanna is able to bring Blieka and his feelings to life. You can actually “see” how hard it is to share with her wonderful illustrations.
For show and tell, most children are content to bring a favorite stuffed animal or souvenir from a trip, but what happens when one third grade boy brings his pet? Sounds harmless enough, but suppose the pet is a pterodactyl… Mayhem is guaranteed in Pterodactyl Show and Tell, as the pet runs rampant in the school. Told in rhyming couplets, Mr. Krasnesky keeps young readers’ attention wondering what antics will happen next. The illustrations are hilarious. They show exactly what’s going on throughout the day as there are noticeably fewer and fewer children in each class. You can see who is or isn’t there in each picture and don’t miss the humor in the details such as the titles on the books or pictures on the walls.
It’s a great find when you stumble across a book that MUST be read aloud to young children. We were so happy when “The Snatchabook” crossed our desk. Written by Helen Docherty, and illustrated by her husband, Thomas Docherty, “The Snatchabook”‘s rhyming text and beautiful watercolor characters is a must for your home library. It’s bedtime in Burrow Down and the woodland animals are ready for their bedtime story, but books are mysteriously disappearing. Wide-eyed, little bunny, Eliza Brown, decides to stay awake and catch the book thief herself. It turns out the books are being taken by a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. There’s a happy ending to this sweet tale which is all about books and the joy of reading!
Have you ever been in a bad moooood? Mootilda is a wide-eyed cow that wakes up on the wrong side of the barn. She stumbles from one cow-tastrophe to another. With perfect rhyme and packed with terri-bull-y funny puns, Mootilda’s Bad Mood is sure to lift anyone’s melan-cow-ly mood.
Henry is a perfectly happy dog, until a little bunny named Boo shows up while he is drinking tea and doesn’t leave. While he is annoying, having Boo around might end up being a very good thing for Henry. The child-like illustrations in Henry and Boo, bring a funny story to life with a great message about friendship. We hope you enjoy learning more about the author, Megan Brewis in our interview this month. Henry and Boo is her debut picture book.
Thing leads a simple life with his friends Cactus and Moose. But this wonderful, imaginary world gets shaken up when another Thing is spied through a telescope. Thing is anxious about what will happen when they meet. He even convinces himself the other Thing is dangerous and untrustworthy. The idiosyncratic illustrations bring a beautiful story to life with a great message about individuality, friendship, and not jumping to conclusions. There are plenty of potential friends out there if we just have an open mind and open heart.