Saturday, March 11, 2017

From Story Time: The Letter "V"

Read in Book Babies

By Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children, 2016.  Picture Book.

Nanette is on her way to buy her very first baguette -- she's so excited that Mom has entrusted her with such a responsibility!  She manages to overcome the distraction of running into her friends, but when she buys the baguette, she can't resist eating the warm, tasty bread.  It takes courage to tell Mom, but Nanette just might get the happiest surprise yet!  Nothing can do this hilarious book justice other than to read it yourself.  It's quintessential Willems style, but seriously may be his best book yet.  Readers (small and big!) will be laughing out loud with his ingenious rhymes!

Read in Toddler Time

Written by Samantha Berger
Illustrated by Dan Santat
Little, Brown, and Company, 2014.  Picture Book.

Crankenstein does NOT like Valentine's Day!  Can you blame him?  It's really not for everyone.  He does not like hearts.  Or roses.  Or heart-shaped sandwiches.  Or chocolate-covered coconut.  And he definitely does not like mushy rhymes.  It's just a horrible, cranky day, until he finds a friend who feels the exact same way he does!  Suddenly, Crankenstein's not quite so cranky anymore.

Santat's illustrations make this book what it is--super funny.  And he'll be here at the Provo City Library at the end of next month, so be sure to pick up your tickets beginning April 15th!

Read in Preschool Time

By George McClements
Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2008.  Picture Book.

All it takes is the slightest touch of a small, round, green pea to this little guy's lips, and BAM!  He's the veggie monster!  A wiggly, watery-eyed, squirmy, twisted-up-toes monster.  But he discovers that maybe that little pea isn't so bad after all.  Lots of toddlers (and their parents) will identify with the dinnertime veggie drama, and the mixed media illustrations add a fun element of interest to this amusing read.

Read in Preschool Time

Written by Kim Norman
Illustrated by Carolyn Conahan
Sterling Children's Books, 2015.  Picture Book.

If you're looking for a new variation of the age old counting song "This Old Man," this hippie parody just might be the book for you.  Granny and Gramps are on an adventure, and they pass lots of different modes of transportation along their way.  Similar to the collectible Chevron cars, each of these vehicles has a charming face that expresses their personality.  But be prepared--the song will inevitably get stuck in your head!

Read in Monday Cuentos

By Aaron Meshon
Athenaeum Books for Young Readers, 2017.  Picture Book.

Grandma almost forgets her grandson's birthday.  But luckily she's super speedy at getting the package ready to send.  Off the gift box goes on a wild adventure to find it's way to the little boy.  Toddlers will enjoy following the box on its crazy journey around the world, but it's the illustrations on the end papers after the last page that will prompt some giggles!

Read in Friday Cuentos

Written by Lee Merrill Byrd
Illustrated by Francisco Delgado
Cinco Puntos Press, 2006.  Picture Book.

Juanito loves to give kisses.  He has a kiss for almost everyone around him, and he counts them 1-10 in both English and Spanish.  Not everyone is as excited about his kisses as Juanito is, but his kisses always make his abuela smile!

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