The children’s librarian in me likes to review picture books– so Saturday is my day to do that! Usually, I do new (or at least newer) books, but this week I am doing some picture books that are a little bit older. These three picture books are three of my favorites and I hope that you enjoy them too!
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
This is probably one of my all-time favorite picture books. Even as an adult I can’t hardly read this one without laughing. Leonardo is a terrible monster. He can’t scare anyone! But one day Leonardo meets a boy named Sam who is having a really, really bad day. He soon realizes that maybe there is more to life than being a monster and scaring people. So Leonardo goes on to become a very good friend instead. Mo Willem’s fun illustrations and the character’s hilarious facial expressions make this book a must-read for all ages!
Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
This fractured fairy tale is just too cute! Rapunzel is trapped in her tower and right on time the prince comes riding by to save the damsel in distress. The only problem is that when the prince tells her to let down her hair he finds that she is a little hard of hearing and she throws down her underwear. The book proceeds with funny rhymes and hilarious antics. It is a picture book that is sure to keep everyone laughing. Enjoy!
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Not a Box is good for younger ages, especially those with a vivid imagination. Rabbit takes a box (or not a box) and pretends it is a mountain, a car, and a variety of other things. People keep asking what else he can do with his box, but he is adamant that it is NOT a box. This book would be great to inspire your child or classroom with unique ways to use their imagination and to be creative. This book is a fun read!
All of today’s picture books are current nominees for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
Recipient of the Robert F. Sibert Medal
This fascinating book is about the life of Tony Sarg. Tony was the original creator and puppeteer for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The book discusses how Tony created the giant floating balloons from the idea of his marionettes which he loved. Tony’s life from childhood is an intriguing story about a genius man. Balloons Over Broadway is such a fun read because of the lovely illustrations by Melissa Sweet. The art consists of watercolors and mixed media collages. I recommend this book for children 3rd grade and up.
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
Coral Reefs is a non-fiction book that discusses different aspects of coral reefs. Some of the topics covered in this book are how coral reefs grow, the many species that live among the coral reefs, the food chain of coral reef animals, plus many, many more interesting facts about coral reefs. This book does contain a lot of good information, but unless your child is an ocean/ aquatic life enthusiast they may find it a bit slow going. I recommend this book to 4th grade readers and above unless your reader is just an avid reader of all things ocean.
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits
It is Kyle’s first day to ride the school bus and his big brother, James, gave him 10 rules to follow in order to survive. But the rules are a lot harder to follow than Kyle had imagined. Will he survive the bus ride, fall victim to the bus, or learn that maybe things on the bus are not so bad after all? This hilarious picture book is one to keep readers laughing, especially, if they are familiar with life on a school bus. Follow Kyle and his list of rules on their first bus ride together for a good laugh and an enjoyable read. I recommend this book for 2nd grade readers and up.
I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black
My Grandma always told me when I was growing up that there is no such thing as being bored-there is only boring people. This book is that statement all summed up. It starts with a little girl who keeps saying how bored she is and she insists that there is just nothing to do. However, when a potato comes along and tells her that kids are boring she is determined to prove him wrong and she she easily finds many fun things to do. This book had me laughing out loud many times at the little girl’s antics as she tries to convince a potato that kids are not boring. I think my favorite part of this story is the potato. His reactions to the little girl are just too funny! I really think you should give this book a try and if you have a child that is always bored read it with them! Maybe this book will open their eyes to a world of fun possibilities!
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
2013 2×2 Reading List Title
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is the 2013 Caldecott Award winner. While the illustrations really are unique I did not care much for the rest of this book. There was a lobster who helped the big fish track down the little fish who stole his hat and the lobster was funny, but I found the rest of the story kind of dull. A big fish chases down a little fish to get back his tiny hat. He finally finds the little fish (we assume he eats up the little fish) and then the big fish swims away with his hat. The end. The story really is that simple and the ending really is that abrupt. Overall, I did not enjoy this book.
How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan
2013 2×2 Reading List Title
I love, love, love this book! As a new mom who gets to watch a doting grandpa with his first grandchild I can see this story coming to life in my near future and it brought a smile to my face! When Grandpa arrives at the house the little boy starts instructing readers on how to babysit a grandpa. From the arrival of Grandpa, to snack time and naptime this little boy has it all figured out. It is a super fun and silly book for kids as they will enjoy the premise of a child babysitting Grandpa. As for adults, you will be giggling right along with your children as you read this story and as you watch the little boy fall for his own babysitting tricks. Enjoy!