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 book is my all time favourite. Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure by Bill Peet. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I found it in a school library as a child and I’ve been laughing ever since. I can still recite the first page (and several others) by heart.
This is an older title, you probably won’t find it in stores but if you trust me, it is worth ordering online.
Bill Peet has a library of treasures under his belt and was one of the first disney animators back in the days of Bambi and Snow White. His gift of rhyme and illustration belongs on every book shelf.
Hubert the lion is haughty and vain and pushed to desperate measures after losing his hair. The only cure is crocodile tears leading to one of the greatest character villains I’ve ever enjoyed. And how many stories do you know of where the villain laughs so hard at the hero’s predicament that he provides the solution? Not enough I say.
Recommended 5+ up (though I’ve given this at baby showers for future enjoyment) and really for all ages if you enjoy rhyme, sarcasm, pithy characters and a fantastic punchline. Of course you do.
Today’s book is The Dragon and the Knight by Robert Sabuda a Pop-Up Misadventure in which a dragon and a knight play a game of tag through a series of classic fairy tales. Havoc and humour ensue through increasingly elaborate pop-up art.
Pop-up books are beloved by all but I recommend 6+ so curious fingers don’t tear the gorgeous work.
For crafters Robert Sabuda offers instructions on building your own pop-up on his website: HERE.
Title published by the fabulous @simonschusterca.