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Review: This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen


This is not my hat

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . .

 

Jon Klassen’s first book “I Want My Hat Back” is an award winner and I believe this, his second book, is destined to be one as well.  His understated style and simplified text has appeal for both children and their parents.

Little fish is the narrator, but the pictures tell a different story than the text. Is the little fish really safe? The illustrations are done in earth tones,  full of texture  and expressive which adds a nice dimension to each page.

Too often picture books tie things up in neat little packages for kids, but in “This is Not My Hat”, Jon Klassen allows the reader to to come to their own conclusions. The possibilities for extension activities in story time at the library  or in a classroom setting are endless. One to buy for your personal library. Highly Recommended.

To learn more about the author and his books visit his website:

http://jonklassen.blogspot.ca/

To read an interview with Jon and enter a give-away for this book visit Lost in the Library  - Beginning Monday Oct 15th.

 





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 of the Week: Red Knit Cap Girl Review


Lovely Illustrations
Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers June 5th 2012
Provided by the publisher for review
Summary
Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream — to meet the Moon.

Red Knit Cap Girl lives with her animal friends in an enchanted forest. There is so much to see and do, but more than anything Red Knit Cap Girl wishes she could talk to the Moon. Join Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends on a journey of curiosity, imagination, and joy as they search for a way to meet the Moon.


My Thoughts:

Some books lend themselves to reading a loud to large groups in story time and others are perfect for sharing one on one with your little one. Red Knit Cap Girl, is one of those. Quiet, poignant and lovely, the Red Knit Cap Girl seeks the help of her friends who each have their own idea on how to find and speak to the moon.  The illustrations are incredible. Created on wood grain the images are colour rich, and full of texture. I especially loved the pages that incorporated text images.-stunning. 

The author and illustrator Naoko Stoop has an Etsy shop and a website where she sells lovely note cards and a few other things.
I didn’t realize until I visited her website that she designs my favourite line of note cards that I frequently buy at Chapters.
Naoko Brown Paper Bag Notes