Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is coming just at the right time!
But before we get to the review, we have TWO giveaway winners to announce!
I feel blessed that our author guests and their publishers have been so generous this year.
The winner of a copy of CHICKEN WANTS A NAP by Tracy Marchini is….
And the winner of a copy of A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY by Sara O’Leary is…
CONGRATULATIONS, dear ladies. I will contact you ASAP.
And now for our Perfect Picture Book!
School is just around the corner for many kids…and it may have already started for some. Whether it’s the first ever day of school, the first day at a new school, or the first day in a new class, kids often have a lot of anxiety. Will they make new friends? Will other kids laugh at them? Will they find their way around? Will they like their new teacher?
HELLO, MY NAME IS TIGER
Written and illustrated by Jen Goldfinger
Published by HarperCollins (2016)
Themes: first day of school, anxiety, be yourself
A reassuring picture book for back-to-school jitters!
Toby likes being a cat more than he likes being a boy. So when it’s time to go to school, he becomes a timid kitten. But when Toby finally gathers the courage to join in with the other kids, he finds out that everything is more fun with friends.
Why I like this book:
- Wonderful text
- Bold bright colorful illustrations
- Super message for kids
Photo courtesy: http://www.dltk-kids.com
Paper Plate Tiger
If you’ve visited my blog before, you probably know I LOVE paper plate crafts for kids. They are quick, easy, and inexpensive…plus kids really enjoy making them and they can be hung up and displayed proudly or used for role playing or children’s theater.
You will need: Paper plate, markers or crayons, scissors, glue, construction paper.
For detailed instructions: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/metiger.html
And one of the best things we can do for our children when they are anxious about something is to LISTEN, really listen.
Thank you so much for stopping by today…I hope you’ll be back tomorrow when author/illustrator Jen Goldfinger is in the Will Write for Cookies house with an eye-opening Q&A and a yummy original take on the classic Toll House Cookie recipe.
Dont forget to leave a comment to qualify for Jen’s giveaway of a copy of HELLO, MY NAME IS TIGER.
For more wonderful picture book reviews you will find hundreds on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book site.
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends!
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