Sunday, March 15, 2015

February Round-Up


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Roger is Reading a Book by Koen Van Beisen
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015
9780802854421
Roger is reading a book. That is until Emily starts playing a game, “BOING BOING.” And singing a song. And playing the drum. How will Roger be able to read with all this noise? First published in Belgium, this distinctive book features playful mixed media illustrations that utilize photographs and bright line work. The repetitive text paired with illustrations that reinforce the vocabulary make this a great book for beginning readers.




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This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne
Henry Holt and Company, 2014
9781627790710
At first, everything was fine on Bella’s stroll across the page with her dog. Suddenly--POOF!--her dog disappears into the gutter of the book! Bella calls for help, but everyone who arrives also disappears. Finally, Bella decides to take matters into her own hands. This interactive book is wonderful for a preschool storytime. It can be used to demonstrate print motivation. The bright and cartoonish illustrations are playful and the text is bold and easy to read. As one kid told me after storytime, “That book is tricky!”




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The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See by Cybele Young
Kids Can Press, 2015
9781894786607
There are many illustrious guests at the Queen’s Ball including Captain Shark, Colossal Squid, Dr. Pigeon, and Sir Chameleon. All is going well until the moment the Queen realizes her shadow has gone missing. It’s up to Mantis Shrimp, the Royal Detective to interview the suspects and deduce the criminal. Within this mystery structure, information about how each animal sees is provided within the text, as well as in sidebar. The colorful and bold pen and ink, plus Photoshop illustrations not only tell the story, but also represent how each animal might view their world. The length of the text and the depth of information make this a wonderful story to share with an elementary aged group.

-Amy

2 comments:

  1. I've seen This Book Just Ate My Dog and it looks super cute, it's on my list of books to get! I've never heard of the other ones though! I'll have to check them out!

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    1. This Book Just Ate My Dog is such a fun one to read out loud. I hope you'll check out the other ones. They take longer to read, but have such a wealth of information and fantastic illustrations!

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