We are partial to birds here at the blog so this one was a treat to review! One fine day at the library a chicken joins story time and life is never the same. After realizing how great story time is increasingly more chickens show up for the party. Chickens & children prove a daunting combination for our librarian until she comes up with an excellent solution.
Sparse text and busy drawings make this picture book ideal for smalls toddler aged and up–a rarity in picture books which are often too lengthy for those three and below. This one is filled with clever, hijinks-laden comedy for smalls to spot and loads of room for adult readers to add flourish while reading aloud.
Recommended for smalls 2.5 & up, librarians & of course, chickens everywhere.
Today’s picture book is The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie via Simon & Schuster Canada. A personal fave of the blogs, this rhyming tale is the Paperbag Princess grown up.
In hilarious rhyme Princess Sue awaits her Prince Charming only to be put in HIS tower, completely bored and miserable. When a fierce dragon appears Sue invites him to tea and the two overthrow her Prince, teaming up ever after to wreak havoc for “royal twits and naughty knights” everywhere.
A wonderful read-aloud for smalls aged 3 and up about forging your own path and teaming up with dragons, which as far as this blog is concerned, is always a good idea.
Today’s picture books are two fun-loving Canadian titles provided by @simonschusterca in exchange for an honest review. No, No Gnome & Are We There Yeti by Ashlyn Anstee, author, illustrator & animator extraordinaire!
These bright, busy books are fun read-alouds with room for dramatic voices and anticipating build up to the punchlines. Kids will enjoy the antics of Gnome, who just can’t keep still and patient Yeti, driving a school bus of children to adventure. Recommended for ages 4+up.
Peck Peck Peck by the wonderful Lucy Cousins (of Maisy fame) is a long time favourite of mine. A simple, witty, rhyming storybook about a father woodpecker teaching his child to peck holes. Readers will love the increasingly funny holes punched throughout the pages and the varying text size leaves lots of room for creative read aloud.
Recommended for ages 3+
Published by the lovely Candlewick Press (via @randomhouseca).
Woodpecker doorknocker from the lovely Wild Birds Unlimited (http://www.wbu.com/)
Secret Pizza Party by author/illustrator team Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri is an all time favourite of mine. Filled with visual puns and humour this story of a simple racoon who dreams of eating delicious pizza is a funny read along that should inspire you to host your OWN secret pizza party (with secret handshake to grant entrance of course).
Published by Penguin Random House