‘Fwip-fwip-fwip’ Okay, so the line above isn’t so much an introduction to this story as it is the sound at the heart of it—the sound of Earl the dog’s tail wagging. In Wag!, cartoonist Patrick McDonnell has taken the beloved characters of his comic strip, Mutts, and used them to create a sweet, uncomplicated picture […]
What a hoot. You said it. Two little birds sit up on a power line in Annette Simon’s Mocking Birdies, alternately chatting companionably and driving each other nuts with teasing mockery. Sound like any siblings you know?
Oh Dinosaur! Written by Barbara Ireson – Illustrated by Anne Axworthy This is a very small but incredibly well-written book of silly poems about dinosaurs. Better than the vast majority of children’s poetry that I see these days. VERY hard to find, but worth looking for, especially for a child who loves dinosaurs. Walking the […]
Oh, seldom seen and never heard was Quentin Fenton Herter Third. BUT . . . Quentin Fenton had a Shadow: never good and always bad! Oh, he was bad as bad can be, was Quentin Fenton Herter Three. I just love a book that dares to be different, not just for the sake of difference […]
“Hey, you, bad cat! How dare you do that?” Bad Cat–evil feline genius, or just a well-intentioned but misunderstood kitty? Either way, Bad Cat (the book) is a wildly entertaining tale of mischief and misunderstanding that I highly recommend. The story of a grinning cat with a twinkle in his eye, who is constantly stirring […]
I do not like this concert hall. This concert hall’s no fun at all. . . . But I like the music in the street . . . Don’t be fooled by that first line! This fabulous book is a wonderful introduction to the joys of both “street” music and symphonies, to the irresistible music […]
“Follow me!” said Monsieur Pip, heading for the dressing rooms. “I have exactly what you need!” SO THE KETTLES WENT IN . . . When it comes to concepts taught in early childhood, we all know the drill: alphabet, numbers, shapes, colours, opposites. These are the basics, obvious to everyone, the building blocks that […]
Look how tired this Mommy is Tired and frumpy Grouchy chumpy Oh, what a grump! A fun, rhythmic story great for reading aloud to babies, Grump will also delight parents with its dead-on portrayal of an exhausted mother contending with a busy, curious toddler.
A woman once worked for Hieronymus Bosch— she handled his cooking, his cleaning, his wash. She baked and she swept while his paintings, she feared, grew increasingly wild and decidedly weird. In Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch we are presented with the disconcerting notion of what life would have been like in the household of […]
Donna O’Neeshuck was chased by some cows, And also by mooses and gooses and sows. It happened one day When Donna at play Patted a cow on the head. Anyone who has ever read anything by Bill Grossman, such as My Little Sister Hugged An Ape, knows that they are in for a good dose […]