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Creepy Carrots!


Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

Published by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers 2012

Source: Library Copy

Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

 Summary:

 The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever  picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially  Crackenhopper Field carrots.
He eats them on the way to school.

He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?

 

My Thoughts:

I’m not sure how this 2013 Caldecott Honor Book slipped under my radar when it was first released but I am so glad that it was brought to my attention this week.

Jasper raids the carrot fields on a daily basis until he starts to think that the carrots are stalking him! Tension builds page  after page as the reader sees what Jasper does…carrots everywhere, but his parents don’t seem to believe him. A great homage to bedtime experiences for many children and their parents (perhaps with monsters instead of carrots) and a fantastic twist in the end make this a dynamic read aloud for many different ages. Peter Brown’s illustrations are a compliment to the story creating a slightly ominous atmosphere, that has this “film noir” feel to it. Creepy Carrots! deserves to be more than just a seasonal “Halloween” spooky read and would be a great addition to any home library or children’s programming shelf. A new favourite.
Creepy Carrots!





Review: Ten Birds by Cybele Young


Ten Birds   A clever counting book and fable unlike any other and winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Illustration. Ten birds are trying to figure out how to get to the other side of the river. The bird they call “Brilliant” devises a pair of stilts. The bird they call “Highly Satisfactory” engineers a raft. One by one, nine resourceful birds make the crossing until a single bird is left behind ? the one they call “Needs Improvement.” This bird’s solution proves surprising ? and absurdly simple.

Aside from the stunning pen and ink illustrations, this book has so many wonderful aspects. Numeracy (Math Literacy) as it is a counting book. Problem solving, critical thinking as using the resources around them each bird creates a way across the river until only one is left. I can see this inspiring many “build & construct” activities and contraption building at home and in the classroom.  I think one of the more outstanding parts of the story is the message within it. Each bird is given a label “Brilliant, Excellent, Highly Satisfactory” as they design their way across the river. It is the last bird that has been labelled “Needs Improvement” that seems to uncover the most obvious way to cross. I love the subtlety to that message. It’s done in a way that isn’t preachy, as some children’s books can be… it reminds us that labels don’t mean anything.  When I’ve shared with families, they children often shout out but birds can fly!! They’ve found a way across too! I’ll be presenting a special program for families in November based on the book.

Ten Birds is my communities “Let’s Read” selection for 2012. Each year a book is selected for families around the region to share together. There are special events, contests and author events planned. For more information about the program visits here : Let’s Read.

Published: March 2011-Kids Can Press

 





Book Review: Baby Lit Classics -Board Books by Jennifer Adams


Baby Lit Classics - by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver
Published by Gibbs Smith Publishers 2011-2012
Books provided by publisher for review.
Summary
With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, Baby Lit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple counting text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, Little Miss Austen and Little Master Shakespeare are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.
My Thoughts:
  I am thrilled at the opportunity to share these little gems on the blog.  Bright bold illustrations, and concise text make these a great choice for sharing with little ones. Whether it be the early concepts of colours or counting, the Baby Lit series introduces them in a clever and unique way by presenting them alongside beloved and very simplified classics. We have the first two from the series in my library and we can’t seem to keep them on the shelves, they are always checked out. Though not ideal for a story time read aloud they are perfect for sharing one on one, and would make a wonderful baby gift. As a fan of  classics I can also see these being adored and appreciated by any book lover.  I’ll definitely be collecting the series.
from  Little Master Stoker: Dracula
from Little Master Carroll:  Alice in Wonderland
Others in the series:
Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice
Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre
Little Master Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Little Master Dickens: A Christmas Carol




Book of the Week: Crafty Chloe by Kelly Dipucchio


Crafty Chloe
Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon and Schuster

Summary:
When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe’s friend Emma, Chloe decides she’ll make a present—something you can’t buy in a store. But crafting isn’t easy, and it’s beginning to look like she won’t have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day—and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too!

My Thoughts:

I adore this book. Still girly enough to appeal to princess and Fancy Nancy fans but not soooo girly it’s over the top.  Chloe is a crafter, and make amazing things out of paper, markers, glitter and googly-eyes. The book has great craft ideas, but even better is the lovely story that highlights the love that goes into making something special for someone instead of buying it. Kids will also enjoy the humour laced through out including Chloe’s dog Bert. Aside from the ideas in the book there is a website to go long with it…great source for programming ideas to pair with the story. 
This is one to buy for your story time shelf as you’ll want to pull it out again and again.