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Where is my white polyester suit?

laser moose 2Am I obsessed with disco-related children’s books?  Perhaps.  A few years back, I found a 25¢ disco hits CD in the library book sale and brought it home to my son for his CD player.  (It seems very old school to actually have a CD player these days.)  There’s nothing quite like YMCA or KC & the Sunshine Band to get your morning routine going at 6:30 a.m.  Maybe disco is just something I find amusing?  Hard to say.

All you need to know about this book is that the rabbit totally rocks a John Travolta Saturday Night Fever suit in one panel that isn’t actually part of the story.  Who cares?  I’m telling you, that picture just wiped clean several hours of unpleasant news and painful, clumsy housework.

And then you throw in a moose shooting lasers from its eyes.  Um….YES!  And the chickadee is maybe an evil mastermind, but the porcupine is definitely on the dark side.  Forest animals, world domination, disco balls.  Wow.  I just can’t even put into words how much I love this.  I hope kids love it, too.  Apparently I missed the first book – Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy.  You can bet I’ll be tracking it down.

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy: Disco Fever by Doug Savage

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Just when you think it’s safe on the color wheel

bluevyBlue vs. Yellow?  Who would win?

This book is like a version of “Who would win in a fight – The Hulk or Wonder Woman?” but for colors.  Blue and Yellow are confident and brash and loud and extremely sure they are right about how wonderful they (and everything colored like them) are, but would they be better as a team?  And what happens when Red shows up?

It’s funny and ridiculous and you might even learn that blue and yellow make green.  What’s not to like?

Oh, and Wonder Woman.  Obviously.

Blue vs. Yellow by Tom Sullivan

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Where is my BEST FRIEND DISCO BONANZA?

snappsy 2Snappsy the Alligator is back, and Bert (a chicken) seems determined to have fun with him.

Snappsy does not seem too worried about Bert’s pressing issues:

  • the previously noted disco bonanza
  • a sleepover
  • pinochle
  • matching shirts

Have you ever had a friend who wants to be your friend way too much?  This would be Bert.  Eventually Bert leaves in a huff – “I’m sure I can find another best friend somewhere.”

I feel like Snappsy could have just let Bert go at this moment, reading in peace and living a quiet life.  But Snappsy is apparently not like me and misses Bert.  They might have to navigate some issues in their journey to best-friendship since they are so very different.  Like that moving truck in Snappsy’s driveway, for example.

Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) by Julie Falatko and Tim Miller

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How all occasions do inform against me…preschool version

There’s nothing really mind-shattering or new going on in either of these books, but this should not matter to any of us.  It’s always good for kids to see things that can be connected to their real lives, right?  (Blah, blah, pontificate about themes, ramble on about character development, blah, blah.)

Here’s the thing.  Charlie (a rabbit) can’t get to sleep.  Other animals keep messing it up with noisy interruptions.  Charlie has a routine, darn it!  Why won’t they just cooperate?

Meanwhile in another book, someone is trying to get their shirt off.  It’s stuck.  How will we live our lives if we can’t get this darn shirt off?

So really, nothing is new or exciting here.  But kids will love these books.  Why?

The stories are simple but funny and perfectly illustrated to bring out even more smiles.  That is all.  That is all we need some days.  Today.  So, perfect for today.

Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake

Sleep Tight, Charlie by Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo

 

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The only thing I’ve ever wanted since right now

i-have-a-balloon-9781481472500_lgOwl and Monkey.  Balloon and Bear.  Can we trade?  Can we share?  Perhaps.  Perhaps not.  The world is full of changing needs and wants.  But be careful what you choose, because all your plans might come to nothing when the ring-tailed lemur shows up with an ice cream cone.

Snarky.  Fun to read.  Not a sharing book.

I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein and Scott Magoon

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Bad seed? Baaaaaaaad seed.

bad seedNice play on words, Jory John.  This bad seed is a happy sunflower seed gone gloriously wrong.  He plays the drums in the library, lies about pointless stuff, tells long jokes with no punch lines, and has some super-duper big eyebrows for a seed.  Deep inside, though, is a good seed trying to get out.  We’re not our reputations, people.  We can be seeds of change if we like.

The Bad Seed by Jory John and Pete Oswald

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Look out, Little Red! You’ve got competition.

rapunzel woolvanWill there ever be enough adaptations of fairy tales?

Not until Bethan Woollvin has illustrated every single one of them.

Following up one of my favorites from last year –Little Red­­—is no easy thing, but Bethan Woollvin has done it well, creating a Rapunzel who may be stuck in a tower for a while, but even without knowing the end, you know she’s not there for goodThis Rapunzel will outsmart the witch and ride off into the sunset, heading off into adventures we can’t even imagine.  Wonderful.

Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin

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Libraries know everything

max and birdIf you work in a library (check) and read books to kids (check), this book will positively sing to you.

“Follow me,” said Bird.  “We’ll go to the library.  Libraries know everything.” (from the book)

And then they DO go to the library.  And they find materials to do their research, which might take them weeks, because they are just that serious about their research.  And then they experiment and make mistakes.  (Also, they meet a pigeon who looks a bit like our friend Pigeon from Mo Willems’ books.)  Will they succeed in solving their problem?  Will Max’s list of pros and cons sway him to eat a friend or be a friend?

It’s a happy ending.  I’ll be reading this one to kindergarten this year, I think.  It’s a bit wordy for really young kids, but oh so fun.  If you haven’t read Vere’s Max the Brave, check that one out, too.

Max and Bird by Ed Vere

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A bad guy meets his match

bad-guy-9781481460101_lgAh…siblings.  The power struggles, the down and dirty tricks, the trips to the library.  All part of that constant struggle to stay on top, right?

There’s a nice twist here.  The bad guy whose mom calls him “sweetie” turns out to have an equally evil sister, the kind who will eat the last popsicle in front of you and probably laugh her evil laugh.  And Mom?  Maybe she’s not so nice, either….

Bad Guy by Hannah Barnaby and Mike Yamada

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Two balls of clay

claymatesTake a deep breath and imagine what you’d do if you had two balls of clay.

This book would be my dream scenario, since honestly, no animals I’ve ever made from clay look remotely like this.  You could probably figure out my elephant from the anatomically incorrect long trunk, but otherwise, good luck.

And that’s why I love this book so much. It’s beautiful, packed with creative and easy-to-pick-out animals and shapes and things.  Kids will love it, too, because it’s kind of sassy and funny, and the unseen artist’s attempts to create one thing might turn into something else.  Definitely worth a look and possibly a great one for a kindergarten book lady day next year.

Claymates by Dev Petty and Lauren Eldridge

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