Friday, July 16, 2010

Picture Books Worth Sharing [Return of]


Three picture books caught my eye as new copies of these old favorites make their way to the Library's shelves.

The common theme is "when animals try to do things." What happens? Share these great stories with your children to find out!
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley. If you ever wondered what happens when you go to sleep and a mouse wakes up, then this bold and brightly illustrated tale of night-time adventure is for you and your preschooler! Mouse loves his food, and he samples a wide variety during his explorations. There's a reason why this book is entitled "Mouse Mess"--Mouse isn't familiar with the concept of clean-up.
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw; illustrated by Margot Apple. This is part of one of my all-time favorite series. Sheep in a Jeep is the first book in which Shaw and Apple introduced us to the good-natured and well-intentioned sheep who set out to do something, encounter difficulties and disasters, and somehow manage to end their adventures on a positive note. Apple's charming colored pencil drawings are the perfect complement to Shaw's simple rhyming text. This series is my fall-back recommendation to parents seeking books to read at bedtime. I'll bet if you read Sheep in a Jeep, you'll join the list of happy fans!

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon. Shannon is one of my favorite writer/illustrators working today. His artwork is always vibrant, with colors that seem to pop off the page and lots of eye candy. Duck gets the wild idea that he could ride a bike, and so he does, traveling around the farm eliciting all sorts of reactions and opinions from Dog, Cat, Horse, Cow, and many others. And when a whole pack of bicycle-riding kids comes by, the unexpected occurs! This book proves that you never know unless you try, and if you do, who knows what you'll inspire in others? A great lesson in a fun package.

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