Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pigs Love Potatoes by Anika Denise & Illus by Christopher Denise

I am at my sister's for Thanksgiving. As I was nosing through her books, I discovered this one. Since we are pealing about 15 pounds of potatoes for tomorrow's dinner, it seemed apropos. 

My kids are little piggies when it comes to potatoes. SO MANY POTATOES IN OUR LIFE. But honestly, I am okay with that. Peeling potatoes, throwing them in a pot, adding a little butter, cream, and salt to create something fluffy and yummy that my kids devour? It is kind of like magic. 

Anika and Christopher Denise are a husband and wife team. I like husband and wife teams.  

I went way overboard on pictures for this book, but I really enjoy fat little piggies. 


This is basically a counting book.

One little pig is helping

Another comes to peak.

TWO little get a scolding. 

Helping in the kitchen, playing in water, bright colors, and a pig in a tutu. 

My heart. 

In case you did not see exactly how cute that dancing pig is, here is a closeup! 

Joyful peeling! 


Oh the excitement!

Bright red front porch swing... Happy sigh! 

A neighbor drops by. I love the red and striped piggy's excitement! 

And I like the subtext of Mommy and Daddy pig here. Clearly Mommy was not keen on having company tonight. 

But then a few more friends drop by.

Happy piggies with tummies full of potatoes! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fire by Shirley Hughes


Fire is a dragon
  (Better beware),  
             Dangerous and beautiful
  (Better take care),
   Puffing out smoke
  As soon as it's lit, 
   Licking up leaves, 
  Crackle and spit!  

  Sending up sparks 
Into the sky         
       That hover a moment 
 And suddenly die.
Fire is a dragon,   
Alive in the night;
Fiery dragon,       
Glittering bright.   

                                                                     --Shirley Hughes
                                                                                             --From Out and About

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse by Mac Barnett & Illus by Jon Klassen

This book is SO AWESOME. I love it, my kids love it, my school kids love it. You WILL love it too. (That's a command.)

One day, a mouse met a wolf and the inevitable happened--he was swallowed up.

In the wolf's tummy, the mouse sets up a ruckus "Oh woe is me!" only to be told to be quiet. 

Apparently there was a duck living in the wolf's stomach as well. 

"I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten." 

They have a lovely breakfast. 

Mouse questions duck about where she got jam and a tablecloth. 

"You'd be surprised what you find inside of a wolf."

 They take their soup seriously. 

Duck has such indomitable spirit, you can't help but love her. (or him. It never really says.)

After duck explains how and why she lives in the wolf's stomach--

"Out there I was always worried about being gobbled up by wolves. In here, I don't have to worry about it." 

--mouse decides he would like to stay. So they have a celebration. 

Which makes the wolf feel wozzily, The goose tells him a good hunk of cheese, wine, and beeswax candles would cure him. 

That night they feast--involving wine and beeswax candles. 

All is delightful in their little home! 

Until that home is threatened. 

"Tonight, we ride to defend our home!"

Not surprisingly, the hunter is a little nonplussed to have this apparition come charging out of a wolf's mouth. He takes off. 

The wolf tells them he will honor whatever wish they have.

SERIOUSLY though, the saucepan and sieve hats--the tablecloth cape--the hockey stick.... I really, really love these characters. 

And I will leave it for you to figure out what they asked for. 


Monday, November 6, 2017

There's a Monster in Your Book! By Tom Fletcher & Illus by Greg Abbott

Isn't that an adorable little monster? I couldn't resist. 

This is a really fun, interactive book. Lots of giggles and laughter when we read it.

There appears to be a page eating monster in the book. 

So we do everything we can to get him OUT of the book. 

Because no one needs a page eating monster in their book. 

Finally, we are so loud and scary the little monster leaves. Yay!!

Except.... if he isn't in this book, where did he go? 

Is he loose in your bedroom? Under your bed??

Call him back!!

Phew! He is back in the book. 

And now he is tired. Pat his head and tell him good night.

And ever so quietly close the book. 

Pretty cute, huh? 

Not sure how this will translate in a whole class setting in the library, but it worked really well as a snuggle up and read together book! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Autumn Harvest by Alvin Tresselt & Illus by Roger Duvoisin

I was of two minds as to when I should post this. I mean there is a jack-o-lantern on the cover, so total Halloween book right? Except this book has only a little Halloween is much more about fall in general. So after Halloween won out. 

Alvin Tresselt books are a little wordy, but the words are well worth the wordiness. And Roger Duvoisin is his marvelous self in this book. 

I heart this book. 

Well used endpapers!

This book follows summer as it morphs into fall. 

Haying under impossibly blue skies. 

School walks

Apple harvest

This book alternates between full color and monochromatic very effectively.

Trees all aglow. 

Really, the words are a long prose poem. I love the words. 

See? Halloween just makes a cameo appearance. 

Fragile ghosts of goldenrod and Queen Anne's lace...

Now the farmer rested in his big easy chair by the fire.
His harvest was gathered. 


Isn't that a charming book? All lovely words and vintage illustrations.