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Hello dear friends!
It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday…so you know we are going to have a super picture book to review. Actually, it is one of the brand-new 2017 debut picture books. And the author, Peter McCleery, will be our guest on tomorrow’s Will Write for Cookies.
But as is often the case, we need to make a few announcements first.
- The ReFoReMo Challenge will be getting underway on February 27…you can still find out more about it and register here. ReFoReMo is an excellent way to earmark a month to read LOTS of picture books that you can use as mentor texts. Thanks to Carrie Charlie Brown and Kirsti Call for all of their work in organizing this for the kid lit community. I’m honored to have been asked to contribute the blog post for March 21.
- Last week we offered a copy of MR. FUZZBUSTER KNOWS HE’S THE FAVORITE. And the winner is…
SHERRI JONES RIVERS
Congrats, Sherri…I’ll be in touch and we will get a copy of the book to you.
3. And this weekend, we are giving away a copy of today’s wonderful picture book, BOB AND JOSS GET LOST. So please don’t forget to leave a comment below.
4. A dear friend, Michelle Eastman, is on a mission to put books in the hands of children in this country who have none. With the help of the VNS of Iowa, MARCHing Books to Kids will allow incarcerated parents to record their voices reading a book…then the VNS will send the book AND the recording to the child. What a positive impact this can make for children who are separated from a parent! The book you send might make all the difference in that child’s life. Any book is welcome…but can you imagine how special it would be for these kids to get books actually SIGNED by the author or illustrator?
5. And last, but definitely not least, I hope you are all thinking about your #50PreciousWords. Contest opens March 2. I JUST finished mine…after all, it wouldn’t be fair to expect you to write a story in just 50 words or less if I didn’t give it a try. I know you will laugh when you read it…hopefully because it is funny…and not because it is hopeless.
And now, thank you for your patience…it’s time for our #PPBF review.
Bob and Joss Get Lost
Written by Peter McCleery
Illustrated by Vin Vogel
Publisher: HarperCollins (2017)
Ages: Preschool – Grade 3
Perfect for fans of I’m Bored, Bob and Joss Get Lost! is a hilarious story about two friends who get shipwrecked on what may or may not be a deserted island.
“I’m bored,” Bob said, “Let’s do something.”
“Let’s take a boat trip,” said Joss.
“We will get lost,” said Bob.
We won’t get lost,” said Joss.
From debut author Peter McCleery and esteemed children’s book illustrator Vin Vogel comes a fun, comical escapade where two best friends get more excitement than they bargained for. Full of bold illustrations and clever one-liners, Bob and Joss Get Lost! is sure to have young readers laughing along.
“Bob was bored.”
Why I like this book:
- This book is FUNNY and so darn REAL. The characters are funny. What happens to them is funny. But what I love most is that I could relate to these two friends…so different from each other…but so perfect for each other. I know many people who are just like Bob…no matter where they are or what they are doing, they are bored. And I think kids who hear this story will identify with McCleery’s characters.
- The illustrations are perfect for the text…Vin Vogel captures the frustration of Bob…and the Zen-like acceptance of Joss. And his use of words as art packs a great punch for the story.
- I read this with my 8-year old grandson and he LOVED it. When we finished, he took the book and read it through again, on his own.
MAKE A MAP
Photo courtesy: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org
- Take a walk with your kids. Make a note of stores, parks, other landmarks.
- Draw a ‘picture’ of the area you traveled.
- More maps here: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/makemapstreasuremapscraftsideasdecorationskids.html
Look at a globe…identify the continents, bodies of water…have children find where they live, places they have visited.
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends…and please come back tomorrow for:
Will Write for Cookies
With debut picture book author
Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday…and we are reviewing another BRAND NEW 2017 release.
Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite
Written by Stacy McAnulty
Illustrated by Edward Hemingway
Publisher: Two Lions Press (2017)
Ages: Preschool – Grade 2
Friendship, self-esteem, pets
Mr. Fuzzbuster knew he was Lily’s favorite. They did everything together. Naps. Story time. Walks. And more naps. But now four more animals lived in the house.… Read the rest of this entry
It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday…and I’ve got the PERFECT PICTURE BOOK for you! It’s another wonderful 2017 debut! We are part of the book blog tour…if you’d like to visit any of the other stops, please click here.
THE GREEN UMBRELLA
Written by Jackie Azua Kramer
Illustrated by Maral Sassouni
Publisher: NorthSouth Books (2017)
Ages: Preschool – Grade 3
Friendship, sharing, imagination
When Elephant takes a peaceful walk with his green umbrella, he’s interrupted by Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit—all claiming that they’ve had exciting adventures with his umbrella. After all, it is an umbrella, and it certainly hasn’t been on any adventures more exciting than a walk in the rain. Or has it?
Here is what the reviewers are saying:
Illustrated in spreads that alternate the rainy-day narrative in vignettes with full-bleed spreads that allow the flight-of-fancy retellings to render a deeper mood, the animals’ stories are delightfully descriptive…The lesson about sharing and generosity is elegantly wrapped around lovely language. (Kirkus Reviews)
Debut author Kramer’s imagination-fueled encounter makes good use of fellow newcomer Sassouni’s gift for conjuring up fairy-tale landscapes…And Kramer’s storytelling passages sustain their lofty tone with no off notes—no easy task. (Publishers Weekly)
A sweet story of a blossoming friendship between five lovable and imaginative characters, united by one special green umbrella. I want to jump right in to the lush paintings and join in their fun!(Lauren Castillo, Author/ Illustrator of Caldecott Honor Book “Nana in the City”)
Whimsical and cartoonlike animals, depicted with a touch of vintage style, will delight readers as the story shows all the imaginative ways an umbrella can be used. The brightly colored acrylic illustrations complement the conversational text, which is suitable to read aloud to an audience. (Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services School Library Journal)
Here is a story for those who love an object, be it a blanket, a toy, or in this case a green umbrella, so much so that it’s very being is imbued with memories that make it unmistakably yours. And a story for those who have lost one such object and wish more than anything to have it back. Azúa Kramer reminds us all that many memories can be shared over a single prized possession. And as Sassouni’s art plays in the worlds of joy and longing over a green umbrella, we see a group of characters come together to discover what they can offer another in need. There’s no mistaking how easy it is to share this book. (Matthew Winner, All the Wonders Podcast)
“One rainy day an Elephant was taking a walk with his green umbrella. Along came a Hedgehog.
“Excuse me,” said the Hedgehog. “I believe you have my boat.”
Why I like this book:
- I love books that encourage young children to use their imaginations!
- Wonderful read-aloud!
- The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and match the text perfectly!
- Each page turn compels you to…turn the page.
Paper Plate Elephant
Photo courtesy: http://www.activitybucket.com
Just like paper bags, paper plates are wonderful to use for crafting with kids.
You will need: 1 paper plate, construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors, glue.
- Color the paper plate with crayons or markets (or paint if you are adverturous)…what color does your child want the elephant to be…encouraging children to use their imagination is one of the most important things we can do. Maybe the elephant needs to be purple with green stripes…let your child be creative.
- Cut out ears, eyes, trunk, mouth and glue in place.
- Use markers or crayons to add detail to the features.
- For in depth instructions: http://www.activitybucket.com/creative-crafts/elephant-paper-plate
Other activities to do after reading the book:
- Take a walk in the rain, with and without an umbrella.
- Buy a small umbrella just for your child.
- Let your child chose a possession…mug, pillow, toy…who else could use this and how? For example, a mug might be a bathtub for a little mouse. This type of activity helps children start thinking out of the box.
This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Tomorrow’s post will be my entry into Susanna Hill’s Valentiny Contest…I hope you are able to stop by and let me know what you think of it.