Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Picture books

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Unlike the rest of the naked mole rats, Wilbur likes to wear clothes. When told that named mole rats never, ever wear clothing, he simply replies, “Why not?” This requires the attention of the oldest and wisest (and most naked) naked mole rat –Grand-pah. Whatever will a well dressed naked mole rat do?

Mo Willems is well known for his hilarious tales of Elephant and Piggie and sweet stories about Trixie and her adored Knuffle Bunny, as well as other wonderfully written and illustrated books. This one is yet another excellent example of his work.

And, in case you are wondering, naked mole rats are real.

Kiki's Blankie by Janie Bynum

Kiki takes her beloved blankie everywhere. When she has it with her, she can do and be amazing things. When the wind blows her blankie into a tree, Kiki must figure out how to retrieve it without being eaten by the slumbering crocodile below it!

This is the quintessential story of a young child and her blanket. The illustrations are expressive and downright adorable.

Guess again! by Mac Barnett

This off beat riddle book will keep you guessing. The illustrations are deceptive, but the reader will quickly catch on to the quirky answers. I described the book to a coworker as “stupid funny”. The silliness found between the covers had me chuckling to myself.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Meet the Rhyming Dust Bunnies: Ed, Ned, Ted and Bob. They love to rhyme all the time. Er, well, most of the time. Ed, Ned and Ted all shout out rhyming words as Bob shouts out other things – specifically warnings that the others are slow to understand.

This humorous book will have you laughing along with the kids. It’s a perfect book to use to help boost Phonological Awareness (one of the Every Child Ready to Read six early literacy skills). An added bonus – it’s just plain fun

Posy by Linda Newbery and Catherine Rayner

Beautiful illustrations accompany sparse text describing an adorable kitten as she goes about her day.

The author and illustrator are both from the United Kingdom, which is the only reason I am not using this book for my upcoming mock Caldecott program. I adore the playful illustrations.

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