Sunday, July 03, 2016

It's Kidlit Summer School Time!

Funny how things change - when I was a kid, summer school is not something to get excited about. But now I look forward to this opportunity to hone my writing skills by learning from some awesome kidlit authors.

This year, the focus is on heart and humor - perfect.  While you're out soaking up that summer sun, hop on over to Nerdy Chicks Rule and soak up some writing knowledge, too.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

RhyPiBoMo Week 4

Books I read the week of April 25-29:

LEAPS AND BOUNCE by Susan Hood and Matthew Cordell. A story filled with fun, humor and rhyme with a little science on the side. This is basically a lesson in how frogs grow from tadpoles into frogs. It's told as an adventure story with lyrical language and humorous, cartoony illustrations and several open-the-flap pages. And it uses a few of my favorite words: rumpus, hullaballo and shenanigans! It has amphibians rhyming with shenanigans - not a perfect rhyme, but it's so fun, it works.

TINY RABBIT'S BIG WISH by Magarita Engle and David Walker.

MAMMOTHS ON THE MOVE by Lisa Wheeler and Kurt Cyrus.

WATCH YOUR TONGUE, CECILY BEASLEY by Lane Fredrickson and Jon Davis.

NINJA RED RIDING HOOD by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat.

I AM COW, HEAR ME MOO! by Jill Esbaum and Gus Gordon.

ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts.

CATS NIGHT OUT by Caroline Stutson and John Klassen.

BOO-LA-LA WITCH SPA by Samantha Berger and Isabel Roxas.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

RhyPiBoMo Week 3

Books I read the week of April 18-22:

UNCLES AND ANTLERS by Lisa Wheeler and Brian Floca. This book has it all: rhymes, humor, Christmas and counting. Very fun book that you can read any time of year.

ALL WE KNOW by Linda Ashman and Jane Dyer. Another instance where the whole book is an "Awwww" moment. Very sweet and beautiful book by this dynamic duo.

WHAT PET SHOULD I GET by Dr. Seuss. Typical Seuss book – fun and silly!

THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT by Penny Parker Klostermann and Ben Mantle. I had to read this one since it was the big winner at RhyPiBoMo's first Best in Rhyme ceremony. Love this book! So, so funny, wacky and clever with great illustrations – I can see why this book won. For a bonus, see the author reading it here:

MONSTER NEEDS A PART by Paul Czajak ad Wendy Greib. Cute story with lots of things kids like: friends, pirates, monsters, amusement parks and birthday parties!

BEAR SNORES ON and BEAR WANTS MORE by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. Love these from the dream team of Wilson and Chapman. Love the stories of friendship and the illustrations.

SHEEP IN A JEEP by Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple. Cute little board book about five sheep's misadventures with a jeep. Lots of great rhyme and sound effects.

I CAN FLY by Mary Blair. I love the illustrations in this classic Little Golden Book with very simple rhymes.

OH THE PLACES YOU"LL GO! by Dr. Seuss. The perennial favorite is all over the stores, since it's a great graduation gift. It was nice to re-read it, as I do most years to remind myself, There's fun to be done."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

RhyPiBoMo Week 2

Books I read from April 11-15:

I read four books written by Linda Ashman this week.
1. My favorite is MAXWELL'S MAGIC MIX-UP which is illustrated by Regan Dunnick. Both the story and the illustrations are hilarious! And the rhyme is perfect, of course. One of my favorite lines from the book:  "... and there sat the birthday rock, Louise." So, so silly and fun!
2. BABIES ON THE GO is cute and full of gorgeous illustrations by Jane Dyer of how animals carry their babies. And it ends wih an 'Awww' moment.
3. JUST ANOTHER MORNING illustrated by Claudio Munoz follows the exciting day of a little boy and his wild imagination.
4. SAMANTHA ON A ROLL illustrated by Christine Davenier follows Samantha as she tries out her skates after her very busy mother tells her to wait. But she doesn't and we follow her rolling adventure!

NELLIE BELLE by Mem Fox and Mike Austin reads more like a song, with a lot of repetition of Nellie Belle's name. A very cute look into a life of a little dog. I think younger children would love this and want to sing along.

JAZZ BABY by Lisa Wheeler and R. Gregory Christie is along a similar vein. Very lively song-like words and illustrations. I would have to say it's very jazzy!

OUR LOVE GROWS by Anna Pignataro. This book is different than most rhyming books I've seen in that it starts out NOT rhyming, then turns into rhyme. I don't think that's bad, but it breaks all the rules that I've learned about books written in verse. There's one verse that just didn't set well with me, rhyming 'palms' with 'arms,' but otherwise pretty good. Maybe those two words actually rhyme in Australia, where this book was published. This one also ends in an 'Awww' moment.

STICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld is a warm story about friendship.

I'LL NEVER LET YOU GO by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Alison Brown. This WHOLE book is an 'Awww' moment! Sweet story about a parent's unconditional love. The illustrations are over-the-top adorable, showing different animal pairs in each spread.

LLAMA LLAMA GRAM AND GRANDPA by Anna Dewdney. Llama Llama is spending his first night away from home with his grandparents (or grand llama?) When Llama Llama realizes he forgot his fuzzy toy, Grandpa saves the day.