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? Read the rest of this entry »
Look how tired this Mommy is
Tired and frumpy
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. Read the rest of this entry »
I am not easily impressed by simple bedtime stories. In fact, it seems sometimes that the simplest books are the most difficult to do well, because they require such thoughtfulness when it comes to word and picture in order to avoid trite cliches. I am, however, extremely impressed with Sun is Falling, Night is Calling. This is bedtime storytelling at its best, and any parent of a young child would be remiss in passing it up. Read the rest of this entry »
There is something about the very brevity and sweetness of Amy & Ivan that is awfully appealing.
The story and concepts are simple—it’s a book about numbers, colours, and friendship, short and sweet. Read the rest of this entry »
Once there was a family who loved to pick blueberries. Every summer they picked their way up Ptarmigan Mountain and scrambled, laughing and munching, back down.
Blueberry Shoe is one of those gentle stories whose impact on the reader (or listener) is subtle but undeniable. Read the rest of this entry »
New Socks is one of my absolute favourite picture books. Offbeat and wacky, with striking, bold, pop-art-y illustrations, Bob Shea’s first-person ramble by a bespectacled chickadee about his beloved new bright-orange socks is original, hilarious, and memorable in every way. This is one smart, sassy, lovable little bird. Read the rest of this entry »
The tongue-twisting wordplay of Bruce Degen’s Daddy Is a Doodlebug makes for a uniquely entertaining book about the relationship between father and child, without any of the syrupy preciousness which is all too common in picture books about parents and kids. Read the rest of this entry »
Like all of Anushka Ravishankar’s books that I have thus far encountered, One, Two, Tree! is notable for its inventiveness, originality, clever choice of words, and general uniqueness. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all seen more than our share of baby books about animal sounds—farm animal sounds, wild animal sounds, etc., etc., ad nauseum. They’re fun (and it’s even more fun listening to the little ones try to emulate the noises), but they do get tiresome after a while.
But what if you could use a book of animal sounds as an introduction to the idea of other languages? Read the rest of this entry »