Thursday, April 4, 2013
Moose. What can you say? They're not cute and cuddly--well unless you're a mother or father moose. They're a bit awkward and BIG--have you seen the size of those antlers? So how do you fit a moose into a book? It's going to take a lot of brain power to solve this conundrum.
Mmmm, let's see. If you spread him across two pages, his antlers and legs get lopped off; so that's not going to work. And his behind is rather (cough, cough) w-i-d-e. What is a chipmunk to do? It seems that Ernest's diminutive assistant has some ideas...
Catherine Rayner's illustrations for Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit will have children of all ages joining in the ruckus. The text galumphs hither and yon across the graph paper background as the two friends finally come up with a satisfactory solution (no duct tape was harmed in the making of this book).
Problem solving has never been so much fun. The chuckle-inducing vocabulary encourages a light-hearted introduction to onomatopoeic alliteration (say that fast five times). A great book to share with anyone--including a goal-oriented moose.
Posted by MightyM at 2:25 PM
Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Friday, February 8, 2013
As tiny feet, big feet, and all sizes in-between feet spring on the spongy grass or slough through the mucky mud, there lurks, burrows, or tunnels a myriad of strange, furry, slimy things--UNDERGROUND. Deep among the "squirm-ways and worm-ways" an entire world opens up to the eager readers who "dig into" this fascinating and exceptionally illustrated tale of exploration.
Cross section scenes give peeks into the lives of many a multi-legged creature such as a trapdoor spider, a cicada nymph, and even a shy little fox. Denise Fleming's large, sparse text rhymes its way across each page. A creature identification chart awaits at the end of the adventure as both a chipmunk and a mole work themselves up to the surface.
Posted by MightyM at 3:40 PM
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This book is just right for toddlers. The story is simply told and easy to follow and the illustrations are clean and engaging. Your own little helper will be able to see a bit of himself or herself in Little Tug, and the story has a cozy all’s-right-with-the-world feel.
Stephen Savage also wrote and illustrated the picture book Where’s Walrus? and illustrated the picture book Polar Bear Nights. Check them all out at your library!