Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Picture Book Roundup (2)

Here are the titles I've read in the last week (with links to Good Reads).

Fox Tale
by Yossi Abolafia
fables, animal narrators, Israeli authors
This was really cute! In most fables, the injured party never gets revenge, but Bear goes all out to teach Fox a lesson.

Easter, Valentine's Day, animal narrators
I thought these would be cute, but they just didn't do anything for me. They were kind of hokey, and the illustrations were very dated.

A Woggle of Witches by Adrienne Adams
witches, Halloween
These illustrations are very dark and dated, but the story itself is fairly cute. The witches are scared by trick-or-treaters!

I Can Do It Myself! by Diane Adams
independence, daily routine, heavy repetition
I liked this book. The main character is very independent, but eventually she learns that just because she can do things herself doesn't mean she has to! Very cute.

The Three Little Witches Storybook by Georgie Adams & Emily Bolam
witches, Halloween, school, magic
This was in the "easy book" section of my library, but it's almost 100 pages and has a huge amount of text. Needless to say, it wasn't quite the format I was expecting . . . but the story itself is quite cute for elementary level readers!

Lucky Jake by Sharon Hart Addy
Western, Gold Rush, historical fiction, unconventional pets, farm animals, minor repetition
I was not impressed with the cover of this book, but it's actually quite a cute story! One thing leads to the next, but it all starts with a pig named dog . . . :)

Ordinary Oscar by Laura Adkins
animal narrators, standing out, conformity, fairy tales, shiny
Super cute! Oscar wants to be an extraordinary snail, but it turns out that standing out is not all it's cracked up to be. Also, there are some shiny pages. Awesome.

A Little at a Time by David A. Adler
grandparents, heavy repetition
This one's a little boring. You know how stories that grandparents tell can take forever to get out? Yeah, that's this book.

It's Time to Sleep by David A. Adler
bedtime, heavy repetition, seasons
I have trouble with books with such heavy repetition, but this could definitely be a good option for other readers.

Mama Played Baseball by David A. Adler
historical fiction, World War II, sports, baseball, girl power, war and soldiers
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The girl's mother joins a women's baseball league after her father goes to war. I really want to buy this one for myself!

Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff
multicultural, interracial, acceptance, weird sentence structure
This was even better than I thought it would be. I was worried about the book's appropriateness because of its age, but it is definitely still relevant today. I would not be surprised if this was one of the first children's books to address interracial families (although I don't actually have anything to back that up). This is a great book!

Daring Dog and Captain Cat by Arnold Adoff
pets, animal narrators, imagination, nighttime, weird sentence structure
This was not my favorite. It just felt rather . . . uninspired. Also kind of boring.

Dmitri: The Astronaut by Jon Agee
space, astronauts, aliens
This was weird, but still pretty cute. Dmitri has spent the last two years on the moon, and no one remembers him when he comes back. Dmitri doesn't know what to do, but it turns out that he's not the only one who took that shuttle back to Earth!

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee
art, animals, France
I didn't have high hopes for this one going in, but it was actually pretty good! Felix Clousseau becomes known for his "realistic" paintings of animals . . . except they're a little more realistic than his buyers realize! Favorite scene: "A wealthy baronness owned a Clousseau painting called The Sleeping Boa Constrictor. One night, it awoke." Hehe.

Milo's Hat Trick by Jon Agee
magic, animals
This book was interesting in theory but didn't quite work in practice. I think it was the illustrations in this case, because the story itself was cute.

Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog by Jon Agee
animals, weird names
So cute!!! Agee walks us through Mr. Putney's odd menagerie of animal friends, and they all have funny names that relate to the pictures. Love it!

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee
animals, unconventional pets
This one's pretty cute, although definitely a little on the light side in terms of text. (I wish there had been a little more on some of the pages.) A boy gets a rhinoceros as a pet, but it just won't do anything! He tries everything, but the rhinoceros stays the same.

The Retired Kid by Jon Agee
humor, retirement, Florida
This was so funny! A kid decides that he's had enough of being a kid, so he moves to a retirement community in Florida. Love it!

Terrific by Jon Agee
set on the ocean, animals, optimism, pessimism
This one was a little lackluster, but it has an interesting storyline and main character. The ending was cute.

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