Tag Archives: rhyming

Please slow down, Mr. Fox!

Hello+Door+CoverWhen you are a thief – especially a quick-moving, easy-to-distract thief – you might want to consider slowing down and paying attention to your environment to improve your chances of success.  If you see paintings of fancypants bears on the walls, for example, you might think, “Hmmm, does this homeowner just really like bears or could, maybe, possibly, there be bears living here?”  If you see a tell-all about Goldilocks, that might be another clue.

If you’re a fox, you might still miss all these clues, but in this case it won’t matter.  You will fly along with a sweet, silly rhyme, blissfully launching yourself through bright and cheery illustrations until suddenly, you realize there are bears.  But then maybe you just pick yourself up and start again, like we all sometimes have to.  It’s a bit of a stretch to make this a book on making mistakes and starting over, but whether you stretch or not, it’s simply delightful.

Hello, Door by Alistair Heim and Alisa Coburn

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What to do when you have opera-singing, cheerleading, sheep, and cowboy neighbors…

noisy nightNo wonder the old guy upstairs isn’t getting any sleep!  There are just too many loud people and animals in this place.  Who’s the landlord?

It’s not like I’d been thinking I needed a reminder of the neighbors who liked to play bongo drums on the roof outside my window several years ago. (At three in the morning.  On weeknights.  And they called me “dude” when I asked them to stop.  “Sorry, dude.”  Really.) Sometimes you just can’t avoid the memories that flood in while you’re reading picture books, right?  (I’m kidding there.)

But this book is not about following rules, appropriate behavior, or making good choices – it’s about the rhyme, my friends.  There are enough quirky things to make adults smile (as well as a few things they might need to explain) and much that will keep the storytime crowd engaged and thinking ahead to the next rhyme.  And it’s Mac Barnett.  So get out your trumpet, warm up your record player, and get ready to dance.  Or read.  One of those.

Noisy Night by Mac Barnett and Brian Biggs

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