Within these pages, I encountered something I doubt I’ve seen in any other children’s book; something I never though I’d run across; something so shocking, I almost didn’t write this post.
Repeat after me: W is for wren. M is for mnemonic. D is for Djibouti. This book is the worst alphabet book EVER…and it’s proud of it! Haldar, Raj and Chris Carpenter. P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever. Illus. Maria Tina Beddia. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2018. Print. Genre: picture book (ABC)… Continue reading P is for Pterodactyl by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter
Imagine a children’s book that combines The Truman Show with The Tale of Desperaux. Peck, Richard. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail. Illus. Kelly Murhpy. New York: Puffin Books, 2013. Print. Genre: middle grade historical fiction Summary: Days before Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, a nameless mouse runs away from the bullies at school. From then on, he is… Continue reading The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
This book invites the imagination to scoop more out of the world building. Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Spoon. Illus. Scott Magoon. New York: Hyperion, 2009. Print. Genre: picture book Summary: A young spoon wishes he could do some of the cool tasks other utensils tackle. Cut bread like knives. Lasso spaghetti like forks. Tweeze sushi like… Continue reading Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Is our identity—defining it and embracing it—an avenue to an enriching existence or is it merely an evolutionary survival strategy? Petty, Dev. I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. Illus Mike Boldt. New York: Doubleday for Young Readers, 2015. Print. Genre: picture book Summary: A young frog wants to be anything other than wet, slimy,… Continue reading I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty