Book of the Week: Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen

Tuck Me In!
Tuck Me In! Dean Hacohen 
Published by Candlewick September 2010
Who needs to be tucked in? Turn each page until all baby animals—and little readers—are cozy and ready for sleep in this irresistible bedtime ritual.

The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say good night? Just turn the pages and the big inviting flaps that serve as blankets cover each little creature up to its chin. This simple but endlessly satisfying novelty, with its array of goggle-eyed baby animals, bold patterns, and vibrant colors, is sure to be the book of choice for little ones everywhere, night after night.


The premise of the book is very simple. An animal on each page asked to be tucked in, and the pages turn into a blanket so that as you turn the page you tuck him in.
The illustrations are bright and bold, and the text very simple. I used it in my Ones  and Twos programs and it was a big success. I made felt pieces of each animal and cut squares for blankets. As I placed the animals on the board I invited the children to come up choose a “blanket” and place it over the animal. I’ve also used the book with animal figures and puppets, handed them out to each child with a blanket and when their animal is mentioned in the story it’s time to tuck theirs in. There are so many different ways to use the book… you could identify colours and do simple sorting with the blanket squares, animal identification, you could also talk about the steps to getting ready for bed…etc…love it!

Book of the Week: Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Published by HarperCollins September 2011
32 pages -Reviewed from personal copy
When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning.

     Oliver Jeffers creates wonderful picture books. I’m always excited when he has a new book coming out because I know it’s going to be just what I look for in a great read aloud.  Oliver Jeffers never disappoints. Stuck is laugh out loud funny and  filled with the unexpected. His drawings are simple and yet so expressive. The story has wide appeal for many ages and I’ve read it in family story time and for my Reading Buddies program and it was a hit. It makes a wonderful flannel board story as the children can add the items to the tree one by one… patterns for this will be posted in the coming week!!

Highly recommended.