June 4, 2016

Picture Book Picks

We found some winners at the library this last time!  A handful to check out, if you haven't already seen them.

Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
(Caldecott Honor 2013)

     On a cold afternoon, in a cold little town,
     where everywhere you looked was either the 
     white of snow
     or the black of soot from chimneys,
     Annabelle found a box filled with yarn of
     every color.

Thus begins the charming story of a little girl who transforms her town with her knitting. There's even a villain defeated and (of course) a happy ending.

A simple little story, with whimsical illustrations that I just adored. The kids have requested this one multiple times since we checked it out!

By the way, it won a Caldecott Honor in 2013.

Oh No! by Candace Fleming
Illustrated by Eric Rohmann

There's a deep, deep hole in the jungle and one by one animals fall in. What will they do when Tiger comes prowling?

This is such a fun read-aloud! Every animal makes a noise as they fall in the hole, and on nearly every page is the refrain "Oh, no!" The illustrations add another whole dimension to the story. They're what I think of as graphic design-type. They've got bold lines, and at times are divided into more than one panel. My kids had a lot of fun finding the tiger hiding on nearly every page.

The ending is just perfect! So satisfying to say that last "OH, NO!" all in a chorus.

Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-Ups,
by Stephanie Clarkson
Illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Cinderella are fed up! So they start to wander, and as one takes the place of the next, they find out what first seemed like a happy ending to their troubles comes with baggage of its own. So they get to work and fix their own stories instead.

If you like independent princesses who can solve their own problems, you'll like this little tale of mixups. My daughter picked it out and we both quite enjoyed it!

Have you run across any great picture books lately? Do tell! We are always on the hunt for more!

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