Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Bunnies in Our Yard

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Yesterday, I alluded to bunnies in our yard.  Today, I am highlighting a trilogy of bunny books by Candace Fleming and illustrated by G. Brian Karas.  And sharing some very sad news about one of our bunnies living in the urban wild.

In the first book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! a very grumpy Mr. McGreeley  is inundated with bunnies eating his garden.  Each day he works hard to keep the bunnies out of his garden.  Every night the bunnies muncha, muncha, muncha.

Winter’s arrived in the next book of the series…  Tippy, Tippy, Tippy Hide!  Mr. McGreeley looks forward to a quiet winter with no bunnies.  Doesn’t happen.  Those pufftails invade his home.

In the final book of the trilogy,  Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!, Mr. McGreeley decides to visit the beach to escape the bunnies who drive him crazy.  No such luck.  They hitch a ride.

I wrote this post yesterday.  Last night, we lost one of the three bunnies who have been visiting our patch of clover and strawberries everyday for weeks.  ML found it on the side of the street.  She’s named all the bunnies with first, middle and last names and was able to identify the deceased as “Strawberry Cottontail Bunny.”

Guess who buried the bunny? Personally, I think I deserve a  Mom of the Year award.  The tombstone ML made is below. She also took photos of the dead bunny. I’ll spare you.  It comforted ML she had made a special bunny salad of dandelions, clover and strawberries for the bunnies Sunday evening.   As for the person who sped down our street sometime between 6 and 8 p.m. and hit the hind leg of our “pet,” your speeding made my daughter cry. Was the three seconds faster you got to your destination worth it?

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8 Great New Picture Books

The Noro virus took over our life a few weeks ago.  Luckily, I request all picture books my library system buys.  I wasn’t at work to peruse the new books when they arrived at the library; but they were waiting on me when I returned.  I haven’t shared the books with ML yet.  She’s hanging out with her dad for spring break.  Friday night, we’ll have a picture book marathon.

 

OliversTree

Oliver’s Tree by Kit Chase – As a tree climber, ML will love this book.  My coworker said, “Something about this book makes me think of Winnie the Pooh.”  It’s true.   The illustrations remind me of  E. H. Shepard’s gentle illustrations in the Pooh books by A. A. Milne.

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Matilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett – This book has the funniest facial expressions I’ve ever seen on a cat.  ML is going to laugh through the entire book, especially the page where the cat is served a banana at Matilda’s tea party.  I’m bringing home Dogs by Emily Gravett too.  Then, ML can truly appreciate all the humor in this book.

Where'sMommy

Where’s Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio and illustrated by Barbara McClintock -A companion to a book ML enjoyed…  Mary and The Mouse, The Mouse and Mary.  The detailed illustrations comparing the little girl’s day to the little mouse’s day enchant.  ML will love the creative use of everyday things the mice use to furnish their home.  This is a book I’d love to receive for Mother’s Day.

 

GoodPie

The Good-Pie Party by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton  – Moving is hard.  No-one likes to say good-bye.  Thankfully, our move was only 3 miles.  ML doesn’t go to school with her friends from our old neighborhood, but we haven’t lost touch.  They are a part of her book club.  The water-color illustrations remind me of our wonderful neighbors from ML’s first five years.  On a very hard day in my life, they joined me for a “When Life Throws You Lemons – Make Lemonade And Lemon Pie Party.”  Pie makes everything easier.

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Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle and illustrated by G. Brian Karas –  This book shows the beginning of the storm, the mad dash for the subway and the emergence from below to a rainbow in the sky.  Had it arrived earlier this spring, it would have made the Onomatopoeia Part 2 post.   G. Brian Karas uses collages of photographs, gouache and pencils seamlessly integrating the feel of a subway station and the playfulness of the story.

GiftforMama

A Gift for Mama  by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Alison Jay – A lovely story set in Vienna, Austria showing those who give receive what they need.  The crackled illustrations provide an old-world feel to this book set in 1894.

WindBlew

When the Wind Blew by Alison Jackson and illustrated by Doris Barrette – This book arrived days after my Nursery Rhymes post.  The whimsical, upside-down, fly-about illustrations complement the story.

Splat

Splat! Starring the Vole Brothers by Roslyn Schwartz – A story filled with one syllable words and sounds.  There’s a Flap, Flap, Flap before the Splat!  Guess what happens?  All children will laugh at this scatalogical tale.  The banana peel at the end adds a twist.

Most libraries have a feature allowing you to request books.  This allows you to get on a list for books when they are checked out.  If they are checked in at another location in your library system, you can have it sent to the branch you frequent.  It keeps you from driving all over.

And the Winners Are…

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I am sure a Caldecott Medal has never been awarded as quickly as ML and Calvin did.  It only took fifteen minutes.  They whittled the choices down to five titles.  Then, two.  They were digging their feet in; and I knew a consensus would never be reached.  I didn’t want to hear their arguing.  So I let them each choose a book.

ML’s choice was Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip Stead. Her reasoning… it’s really colorful… he mixes colors together… the background’s pretty… like how he uses birds.

Calvin’s choice was Journey by Aaron Becker.  He explained… it was kind of a copy of Harold and the Purple Crayon… a really cool story… could really tell the story from the illustrations.

I explained sometimes books are chosen to receive a Caldecott Honor.  ML and Calvin quickly agreed on which two titles they wanted to name as Caldecott Honor books.

Locomotive

Locomotive by Brian Floca

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Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov

I didn’t receive two books from our Mock Caldecott 2014 list before the “committee” met.  Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown and The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney were not in the mix.  So if one of those two titles win, Calvin and ML can claim it would have been their choice.  They were very interested in what they would get if they chose the book which received the Caldecott Medal.  I told them, “Bragging rights.”

Mock Caldecott 2014 List

Below are the books, I am hoping ML and her friend, Calvin will look at this weekend for their Mock Caldecott Award.  I’m still waiting on a few to come from other library branches.  So they may not have a chance to win.

One really cool aspect of our multimedia world is many illustrators have videos showing them creating their work.  This post includes links to these.  And a quick note if I know the mediums used to create the illustrations.

Ruby

Hello, My Name is Ruby by  Philip Stead – Mixed media… chalk pastel, colored pencils, and colored ink  us.macmillan.com/hellomynameisruby/PhilipStead

SeeWhale

If You Want to See a Whale written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin Stead – Pencil and linoleum prints erinstead.com/about/

Journey

Journey by Aaron Becker – Watercolor www.storybreathing.com/the-making-of-journey/

LittleRedWriting

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet – Watercolor, pencil and collage

Locomotive

Locomotive by Brian Floca – Pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.  Scroll to the bottom of the following like to watch 3 short videos on the process and a view of a book dummy www.fcps.edu/fairfaxnetwork/mta/floca.html

MrTiger

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown –   still trying to determine mediums http://vimeo.com/80293481#at=60

MrWuffles

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner – Water color and ink line www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner/wuffles-process.html

MechanicalFish

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov – mixed media

Stardines

Stardines by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Carin Berger – shadow boxes, diorama and cut-paper  www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuRxHvNb7Xg

NotGoodIdea

That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems – pencil and watercolor with additional digital color and compositing

Tortoise

Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney – Watercolor www.jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html

Looking forward to seeing if one of the Stead books are chosen or a book with Mr. in it’s title.  I feel more confident in predicting which books I think the Caldecott committee will pick for the award and honors; than I do guessing what ML and Calvin will choose.  It’s going to be fun hearing two first-graders opinion.

Science Friday – Papa’s Mechanical Fish

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Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming and pictures by Boris Kulikov is historical fiction with a scientific twist.

Papa is an inventor who conceives and invents all sorts of things. Edible socks – disgusting. Steam-powered roller skates – he forgot the brakes. One day his daughter asks, “Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fish?” An obsession begins. Papa decides to create a mechanical fish. Through trial and error, he succeeds. His family joins him for a fish eye’s view under the water of Lake Michigan.

The last page of this book is called, “It’s Almost True.” Lodner Phillips was an eccentric man engrossed with the idea of inventing a submarine. After many attempts, his persistance paid off. His family joined him for a ride on his submarine, Whitefish, in 1851.