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.
Last weekend I attended the SCBWI ENCORE presentation at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts. I’m thankful for kid lit friends, Mona Pease, who drove all the way from Maine, and Beth Gallagher, who picked us up and chauffeured us to the event. The fall foliage was astonishingly beautiful and the day-long conference was filled with inspiring and informative programs.
Next weekend, another book event takes place…the Keene State College Children’s Book Fair. I’m hoping to be able to go. The only problem with going to these book events is that it’s tempting to buy every book!
Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is one I actually didn’t have to buy. At our local indie bookstore’s Teacher Appreciation Week, I placed my name in a raffle bowl. And I could hardly believe my ears when the manager from Toadstool Bookshop called and informed me that I was a winner of a picture book which is perfect for this Halloween-is-around-the-corner season. To read all of this week’s Perfect Picture Book reviews, hop over to Susanna Hill’s website.
Written by Anika Denise
Illustrated by Nate Wragg
Publisher: Harper Collins (2016)
Ages: 3 and up
Courage, never give up, you don’t have to be the biggest in order to win
Readers will delight in this lively read-aloud story with a clever and surprising twist at the end—perfect for Halloween and year round!
Ready, set, go! The monster truck race is on in this frightfully delightful picture book. On a spooky speedway, Monster Trucks moan! Monster Trucks grumble! Monster Trucks groan!
Join Frankentruck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, and more as they race to the finish line. But one of these trucks isn’t quite who you think.
Why I like this book:
- Love the clever simple rhyme that is matched perfectly with illustrations full of kid-appeal
- Totally a new twist on a Halloween story for children that has just the right amount of tension and suspense without being scary
- Let your children design their own monster trucks.
- Make up silly Halloween rhymes with your children…take turns with each line.
- Check out other great Halloween picture books here: http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/holidays/tp/halloween.html
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, dear friends and readers. If you enjoy writing children’s stories, don’t forgot about Susanna’s Halloweensie Contest. I’ll be posting my entry to the contest next Friday right here on my blog. But if you want to find out more about the contest, click on this link.