Wednesday, September 30, 2020
By Brian Smith
New York: Harper Alley, 2020. Graphic novel.
Pea considers himself to be the best roller of all the produce on the farm. So when the other fruits and vegetables goad him into rolling further than anyone has gone before -- beyond the fence at the end of the farm -- he accepts their challenge. Before long, a rainstorm rolls Pea off course and strands him in the middle of nowhere far away from his home. Luckily, Pea finds a lost bumblebee named Bee and an orphaned bluejay named Jay -- two new, unlikely friends who will help him find his way home.
Pea, Bee, and Jay are three hilarious new friends for readers who like humorous graphic novels. Kid-friendly humor abounds in this colorful and cartoonish graphic novel, especially all the cheesy-peasy puns. This book and its sequel, Pea, Bee, & Jay: Wannabees, is a good graphic novel for intermediate readers ready for a next step after Noodleheads or Baloney and Friends.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Words by Shelly Vaughan James
Pictures by Matthew Rivera
Sourcebooks, Jabberwocky, 2020. Picture Book.
Lola is a young flamingo that doesn’t actually want to eat what every other flamingo tends to eat—shrimp. Lola thinks that shrimp are yucky. So when everyone else is busy eating, Lola sneaks off and eats other things. Only when her feathers turn different colors based on what she is eating Mami and Papi realize that she hasn’t eaten what she should be eating.
This is a story about a couple of classic toddler topics: colors and not wanting to try new foods. The bright, bold illustrations are vibrant and full of movement while showcasing Lola and her big personality. Young readers will enjoy guessing what color(s) Lola’s feathers will change to based on what she eats. Children with diversity in their families will enjoy the phrases such as “¡Ay de mí!” that are included in the text. All-in-all this is a great edition to the story time circuit for toddlers.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020
D week is coming! Here are three fun books to check out as we learn about the letter D.
Friday, September 25, 2020
by Erin Eitter Kono
Bear longs to see color, but everything around his home at the North Pole is white, white, white. When a seagull brings a gift from a little girl, Bear falls in love with the colors in her painting, but it's not enough. So the girl sets off in her boat to take the Bear on an adventure and help him see the colors up close. And by the time they return to Bear's polar home, Bear has learned to see color reflected all around him-especially the colors of the Northern Lights, which were there all along.
The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh
by Supriya Kelkar
Harpreet Singh has a different color for every mood and occasion, from pink for dancing to bhangra beats to red courage. He especially takes care with his patka--his turban--smoothing it out and making sure it always matches his outfit. But when Harpreet's mom finds a new job in a snowy city and they have to move, all he wants is to be invisible. Will he ever feel a happy sunny yellow again?
Jack at Bat
Written by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Viking, 2020. Easy Reader.
Jack is back, and as mischievous as ever. In a tense ball game between the Lady Town Ladies and the Big City Brats, Jack is causing a lot of trouble, as usual. Home plate goes missing, a nap is taken, snacks are chased, and Jack is behind it all. But who will win? Will Jack steer the Ladies to victory, or will his antics cause too many problems?
Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli combine their talents to create the wonderfully offbeat Jack. Barnett's humor shines through in this funny story about Jack, who just can't behave. And Pizzoli's depictions of the characters are expressive and simple. This unconventional main character will keep kids laughing, and as a bonus, won't bore the parents!
Thursday, September 24, 2020
By Jessica Kim
New York: Kokila, 2020. J Fiction, 306 pages.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
By Flavia Z. Drago
Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2020. Picture book.
Gustavo is a ghost who longs to make friends, but he's too shy to befriend the monsters in his neighborhood. He tries to join in with the kids as they play games, appearing as a soccer ball, lampshade, or canvas, but everyone just sees right through him. In a last-ditch effort and a burst of heroic courage, Gustavo invites all the monsters to come to the cemetery on the Day of the Dead to hear him perform his violin. Though at first no one is there, Gustavo's confidence grows and attracts all the friendly ghouls who were longing to be his friend all along