professornana (professornana) wrote,

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if it's Monday, that must mean Picture Books!

It was tough getting up and out this morning. I still detest the time change, and my body has not made the adjustment either. Enough griping (for now). To improve my mood, I started the day by reading some of the books that piled up during my Spring Break.

A young boy is plagued by a django, a mysterious creature who is quite destructive. Finally, the boy manages to banish the creature only to discover he misses the mischief. Is the django real or imagined? The illustrations DO feature a rather sinister looking individual. What I admired about this story, inspired by the real life Django, Jean Reinhardt, was the fanciful language reminiscent of SAVVY and UNFINISHED ANGEL. (Candlewick Books, 2010)

This is a new version of an older book by Karla Kuskin, award winning poet. New illustrations by Kevin Hawkes heighten the hilarity of this cumulative tale where a mother buys a new hat for her son. Other new items are added to his collection as the story moves sprightly along: skis, boots, a mouse, and even an elephant. (Harper, 2010)

I cannot imagine a child who would not adore being read this story about how two people who meet, fall in love, and want someone to complete their family. I know that the resident of the back bedroom would have demanded this one over and over again as a child. Simple rhyming text tell of a parents' love for their child. (Greenwillow, 2010)

OK, you know I could not pass up a book with this cover, right? Frankie is in charge of security, a self-imposed role to be sure, at night. That gives him a perfect excuse to explore all night long and then sleep the day away. Terrific illustrations by Jennifer Taylor enhance the joy and levity of the simple story. (Greenwillow, 2010)

FLYING LESSONS involves two very different kinds of flying objects: a flock of doves and an airplane. When the plane attempts to follow the doves and mimic their behavior, well, it just does not work. However, the plane redeems itself by coming to the rescue of the flock when it is stranded in its attempt to head south for the winter. (Hyperion, 2010)

Last but not least is this rip roaring read from Chris Raschka and Vladimir Radunsky: HIP HOP DOG. Attend to his rhymes. They are the coolest, the baddest, the happiest, the saddest. Most of all, they are exquisitely rendered in type face and accompanying illustrations. This is a must read aloud and has distinct possibilities for readers theater performances as well. (Harper, 2010)
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