Dinosaur VS. ? by Bob Shea

Dinosaur VS PottyDinosaur VS SchoolDinosaur VS BedtimeDinosaur VS LibraryDinosaur VS MommyDinosaur VS Santa

Dinosaur fights everything. . . the potty, school, bedtime, the library, mommy and even Santa.  This adorable, hilarious series by Bob Shea is perfect for the toddler and preschool set.  Each book has great quotes and funny details in the illustrations.  I’m highlighting what I love the most from each book.

Dinosaur VS. The Potty – “a three juice box lunch!”

Dinosaur VS. School – Love the googly eyes.  A first in my picture book reading experience.

Dinosaur VS. Bedtime – Love the pants and shoes on the “talking grown-ups.”

Dinosaur VS The Library – “The library wins!  Okay, they both win.”

Dinosaur VS. Mommy –  So much to love in this book.  From the freshly folded laundry to Dinosaur’s creative collage of an argyle sock, orange, pants, a plaid shirt, underwear and even a pink bra.   There’s an added bonus in this book.  A balloon featuring a character from one of my favorite Bob Shea books. . . Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great.

Dinosaur VS. Santa – I love the decorated Christmas tree.  Reminds me of a story my neighbors shared about me helping decorate their tree when I was a preschooler.

I’m curious if a book titled Dinosaur VS Daddy is in the works.  In the meantime,  I’m eagerly anticipating Bob Shea’s newest release on 05/05/2015. . .  Ballet Cat:  The Totally Secret Secret.

Ballet Cat

 

The Funniest Book This Year – Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don’t Play With Your Food

Don't Play With Food

Buddy and the Bunnies in:  Don’t Play With Your Food by Bob Shea is the funniest book we’ve read this year.  I know it’s only January, but it’s set the bar high for other picture books to win ML’s “Funniest Picture Book of 2014 Award.”

I can’t tell you anything about the book other than it’s clever and the illustrations are dynamite.  Don’t want to spoil it for you.   This is the third time I’ve featured a Bob Shea book.  We love his silly sense of humor.  And are looking forward to more books by him.

I wonder what crazy idea he has for his next book.  Bob, can you give us a hint?

Socks

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It wasn’t until we had two openings for library pages,  I realized how many picture books are about socks.  Who knew?  And what exactly are library pages?  It’s the library term for the people who shelve the books.

Learning to put on your own socks is an important developmental step.  Maybe publishers think reading silly books about socks makes learning this important task more fun.  Below are the books I discovered.  ML enjoyed all of them.

Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Socksquatch by Frank Dormer
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth and illustrated by Jane Porter
Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek and illustrated by Lee White
New Socks by Bob Shea
Lizette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valckx

If you think this is a lot of books about socks… look at how many of the books feature ducks.  Five!  Ducks as children book characters have to be right behind bears in popularity.  What do you think are the top five animals used as picture book characters?

BlueSocksSocksquatchBettyBunnyDuckSockHopDucksDontWearSocksNewSocksLizette

Finally! A Picture Book About a Unicorn

Unicorn

Bob Shea is officially my hero. Finally a non-Dora, non-Pinkalicious book about a unicorn. You must read Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea. It’s filled a huge void in the world of picture books.

There are so many books that feature cats, dogs, bears, pigs, elephants, monkeys, horses. baby chicks, cows, sloths, skunks. . . You get the picture. But there are very few with unicorns as the main character. Bob Shea’s book is the only one I have read that I like.

Publishers please step up to the plate. And while you’re at it. How about some Pegasus books? As ML informed me, they are similar to unicorns. Only difference is Pegasus have wings, instead of a horn.