Saturday, July 14, 2012

Picture Book Saturday (24)

How to Babysit a Grandpa
By Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish
Published 2012 by Random House Children's Books
This is another excellent book celebrating family and the different ways we spend time with them. This is sure to appeal to kids as it's written as an instruction manual for taking care of one's grandfather. The illustrations are vibrant and fun and the book itself is very humorous. I enjoyed this immensely.

Crocodile Tears
By Alex Beard
Published 2012 by Abrams
This is a very different sort of folktale - Black Rhino wants to know why Crocodile is crying so he sets off to find the answer. Each animal he asks believes Crocodile weeps because soon he may no longer be able to see them, as each animal is endangered. The truth of Crocodile's tears is, of course, much simpler than that. I found this book very unique in its environmental message. I'm not sure how appealing it is to children, though - it's quite wordy and I'm not sure they'll get the point.

Boy + Bot
By Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Published 2012 by Random House Children's Books
One day, a boy and a robot meet. They have fun together. But when Bot accidentally gets switched off, Boy begins to worry. He must find a way to fix his new friend! This is a very sweet story about friendship that I think will greatly appeal to children - most kids think robots are basically the coolest things ever. Additionally, I think Yaccarino has an incredibly child-friendly style and these illustrations perfectly suit the story. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie
By Laurie A. Jacobs, illustrated by Anne Jewett
Published 2012 by Flashlight Press
Yet another sweet story about family and how we enjoy them - this time we meet Grandma Tillie and all the sides to her personality that she lets shine whenever she babysits. Kids will love this one - what crazy thing will Grandma Tillie be next? Kids will also enjoy seeing how their grandma compares to Tillie and will recognize that each part of Grandma Tillie has a time and a place, especially the Grandma Tillie we see at bedtime. Fun illustrations complete the story.

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