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Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!
This past week, I’ve enjoyed reading many of the Halloween stories entered into Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Contest. Did you get to read some of them? They were fabulous. I’m excited to find out who the winners are…but honestly, everyone who participated is a winner. Writing and getting your work out there is the key to success. And happily, I should have some good success news for you soon regarding one of my stories.
Before we get to our wonderful picture book review, we do have some giveaways to announce.
The winner of Julie Segal Walter’s Picture Book Manuscript Critique is….
The winner of a copy of Annette Bay Pimemtel’s MOUNTAIN CHEF is…
CARMELA MCCAIN SIMMONS
The winner of a copy of Joy Keller’s MONSTER TRUCKS is…
BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE! And thank you to the generous authors! Please email me: email@example.com
Does your child love vehicles? Do your kids enjoy nursery rhymes? Today’s Perfect Picture book has it all!!!
MOTOR GOOSE: RHYMES THAT GO!
Written by Rebecca Colby
Illustrated by Jef Kaminsky
Published by Feiwel and Friends (2017)
Themes: Vehicles, nursery rhymes
“Little Jack Junker, broken-down clunker, surpirsed all the cars in the race. ‘Cause right from the start, he lost part after part, yet he finished the race in first place.”
In this picture book, Mother Goose rhymes are reimagined with vehicles― trains, planes, trucks, and boats!
Hey Digger, Digger
(Hey Diddle, Diddle)
Hey digger, digger,
the hole’s getting bigger.
Your shovel’s been scooping since ten.
Beware the loose rubble.
Too late―you’re in trouble!
You’d better start digging again.
Wonderful rhymes and VEHICLES! Here is a collection that every car/plane/boat/crane/digger/taxi/train-loving kid will adore. With hilarious artwork by Jef Kaminsky, Motor Goose is a must-have for readers who like things that go. And as the rhymes progress, the day winds down, making this perfect for bedtime.
Why I like this book:
- I love rhymes and kids love rhymes…and these are so kid-friendly, based on well-known nursery rhymes, but totally reinvented by author Rebecca Colby!
- Fabulously humorous illustrations…full color and full of life!
Make a race car and other vehicles
Photo courtesy: http://crystalandcomp.com
You will need: Construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, empty Pringles can or paper towel roll.
For detailed instructions: http://crystalandcomp.com/19-preschool-car-craft-ideas/
Play with rhymes with your kiddos…they love coming up with their own silly ones.
Take a walk and count vehicles. Make a list of them. Categorize: for pleasure, for work, etc.
I hope you will all be back tomorrow for our chat with picture book author Rebecca Colby. I know she has some wonderful insights to share, as well as a yummy treat recipe. PLUS…tomorrow we will also be talking about Rebecca’s newest book, CAPTAIN BLING’S CHRISTMAS PLUNDER.
Don’t forget to leave a comment today and tomorrow. Rebecca is generously offering a giveaway of copies of both of her awesome new books!
I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend.
Is it just me, or does Friday come around really quickly every week? I guess it’s a good thing that I LOVE Friday because we always have a super picture book review and activity.
And today’s choice is especially perfect with Halloween just around the corner.
Written by Joy Keller
Illustrated by Misa Saburi
Published by Godwin Books – Henry Holt and Company (2017)
Themes: Vehicles, monsters, humor, rhyme
All monsters love the autumn air,
just right to sneak and spook and scare.
But other seasons of the year,
they shift into a different gear.
Monsters get to work―paving roads, plowing snow, hauling muck―with their monster trucks in this fun, rhyming picture book. With a gentle bedtime ending, this not-too-scary story is perfect for young monster and truck lovers.
Why I like this book:
- Fabulous rhyme filled with heart and humor
- Super cool bold and colorful illustrations
- Great addition to Halloween, monster, and/or vehicle shelves
Popsicle Stick Monster Trucks
Photo courtesy: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com
Do you have a monster truck lover at your house? Give this craft activity a try…the kids will have a ball!
You will need: Popsicle sticks, glue, markers, construction paper or poster board, scissors.
For detailed instructions: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/04/popsicle-stick-monster-trucks-kid-craft.html
Take a walk in the neighborhood and see how many different types of trucks you can identify.
Play a rhyming game with your kids. Read the story and leave off the last word of the rhyming verse…see what words they come up with.
Debut picture book author Joy Keller is offering a copy of MONSTER TRUCKS, so please remember to leave a comment. Also, she is stopping by tomorrow to chat on Will Write for Cookies, and another comment there will give you another entry. PLUS, on Sunday, I’ll be posting my entry into Susanna Hill’s 7th ANNUAL HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST. Have you heard about it? Have you ever entered? It is one of the most fun filled writing challenges around..I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Here in New England, we’ve had a ton of rain and the fall foliage has to fight hard to hold on. If you are planning on going out Trick or Treating with the kids, stay safe. I know many neighborhoods organize Halloween parties so kids can come to one location to have fun. We used to do it at our church and the parishoners would dress up and take up residence in the many classrooms and offices and then the kids would parade through the halls, knocking on each door. There were games and prizes for costumes and lots of good food and safe fun.