Sunday, January 08, 2006

More on kiddie books

Hi there,

One of my new frequent stops on the Internet - Chicken Spaghetti - has a list of her blog of her favorite kids books for 2005.

Of her list the three that caught my eye:

1. Good Morning Digger by Anne Rockwell

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–This sunny picture book takes readers through the entire construction process, from vacant lot to community center. Beginning with the early-morning arrival of a backhoe, an enthusiastic young boy describes the various trucks that come to the site and the activities of the workers. When the building is complete, he and his neighbors enjoy all that their new community center has to offer, and even paint a picture of the digger on the wall. Simply told, and with large, clear illustrations, this offering will be fun for storytime or for one-on-one sharing. The text is peppered with sound effects ("Grr-clank!" and "Rumble and rattle"), and the last page has labeled drawings of the vehicles. A great choice for libraries that cannot keep enough construction books on the shelf.– Laurel L. Iakovakis, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO

2. Knuffle Bunny - New Mo Willems book! (You may remember Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and others by her)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–Trixie steps lively as she goes on an errand with her daddy, down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. For the toddler, loading and putting money into the machine invoke wide-eyed pleasure. But, on the return home, she realizes something. Readers will know immediately that her stuffed bunny has been left behind but try as she might, (in hilarious gibberish), she cannot get her father to understand her problem. Despite his plea of "please don't get fussy," she gives it her all, bawling and going "boneless." They both arrive home unhappy. Mom immediately sees that "Knuffle Bunny" is missing and so it's back to the Laundromat they go. After several tries, dad finds the toy among the wet laundry and reclaims hero status. Yet, this is not simply a lost-and-found tale. The toddler exuberantly exclaims, "Knuffle Bunny!!!" "And those were the first words Trixie ever said." ....–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI

3. C.S. Lewis - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (adaption)

Book Description
C. S. Lewis’s classic and best-selling tale, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is here retold for the youngest fan, with brand new, full-color illustrations that will take you right into the enchanted land of Narnia. It also received a nice review on one of my current stops on the Web - A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cosy (you have to scroll to the posting from Jan 1 entitled "Goodbye Hermione, all hail Queen Lucy"). As far as the Blog title - I really like it - because it is a Buffy reference (In one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before slaying the foe - she mentions that all she wanted was a chair, a fireplace and a tea cosy - but instead she got this... but I digress...)

On a Narnia aside - finally got around to seeing the film last week. Was fabulous. In reference to the above Tea Cosy posting, I have yet to see the new Harry Potter, but have always thought Harry Potter was a bit like the Narnia Chronicles - and not the other way around. Movie definitly isn't for younger children though - a bit violent in places. The next movie we plan to see is King Kong. Less of a literary link - but as my brother said after seeing them both in one weekend, he characterized his adventure as King Kong the witch is dead! Really I just had to find an excuse to re-write that :)




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