New Picture Books for the Newly Renovated Library

There are lots of pristine books at the renovated library.  Many of which I’ve read.  So I was excited when new picture books arrived at the library yesterday.  My favorites are below.

At the Farm

On the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas – This book focuses on how a variety of things are grown or made for a farmer’s market. . . vegetables, mushrooms, cheese.  There’s a lot that goes into making a fresh meal.  This a fun story that shows the farm to market to restaurant concept with great illustrations.

Playtime

Playtime? by Jeff Mack – I love Jeff Mack’s book.  I once did a story time only using his books.  This one has great story time potential.  The last page will make you laugh out loud.

Sam and Jump

Sam and Jump by Jennifer K. Mann – “This one is for my sister, who took me back to the beach to look for my lost doll.  And for my dad, who made it possible to be at the beach in the first place.”  With a dedication like that, how can you resist reading the book?

More-Igami

More-igami by Dori Kleber and illustrated by G. Brian Karas – Finally, a book about the importance of practice that doesn’t feature sports.

 

 

Books Comparing Now and Then

A Fine DessertWhale Trails

Recently ML and I were introduced to the app Trivia Crack.  We’re addicted.  It’s like Trivial Pursuit but online.  This has sparked an interest in history for ML.  Two picture books arrived recently to fuel her new passion.

A Fine Dessert:  Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall – We followed the making of blackberry fool from Lyme, England to present day San Diego stopping in outside of Charleston, SC in the 1800s and Boston, MA in the 1900s.  ML is eager for blackberries to be in season so we can try the recipe.  We may go blackberry picking and make a whisk with clean, soft twigs like the mom and daughter in the 1700s.  However, we will buy the cream at the grocery.  We don’t have access to cows we can milk ourselves.  The details in the illustrations span centuries. . . from an ice pit in the hillside to gumball machines at the supermarket.

Whale Trails:  Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by G. Brian Karas – A delightful tale comparing today’s whale watching industry with whale hunting ships of the 1800s.  Each page spread includes one page showing a modern whale watching adventure in bright gouache and acrylic;  and a page that looks like aged paper with black toned illustrations.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Bunnies in Our Yard

MunchaTippyHideTippySplash

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?

Strawberry

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.

MatilidasCat

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.

TapTapBoomBoom

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.