Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spring has sprung and so have these great picture books!

The Yellow House by Blake Morrison, illustrated by Helen Craig

I was so drawn to this classic looking picture book and when I realized it was a reprinting of the 1987 edition I was sure it must have been read to me as a child, I felt an instant connection to it. I revel even now in the the detailed illustrations and whimsical story about an abandoned house a young girl passes everyday. One day she notices that there is a small boy playing among the gardens and he shows her all the wonder in and around the house. A very magical and special story that will prompt young listeners and readers to open their imagination.

Hopper and Wilson by Maria Van Lieshout
What do you think it's like at the end of the world? That is the very same question Hopper asks his friend Wilson and one that perhaps young readers will ask themselves. Wilson hopes that there is an endless supply of lemonade and Hopper imagines a staircase to the moon. They set out on a journey to find out but what they really discover is that their friendship and their sense of home is all they they need. The illustrations add to this very sweet and quiet story making it perfect for bedtime or a special gift.

Press Here by Herve Tullet
An interactive picture book that is neither pop up nor noisy, Press Here is a very special and beautiful book. Beginning with the first instruction, "press the yellow dot," the reader turns each page, follows the prompts (shake the book, press the dot, clap and rub the dot) and embarks on an adventure of the imagination. Fun, colorful and lots of read aloud potential Press Here, is really perfect for readers of all ages.

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator! By Mo Willems
Mo Willems is always a fan favorite and his latest will not disappoint. 6 1/2 stories make up this tender and humorous  picture book about Amanda and her stuffed Alligator. A perfect portrait of friendship and the format works nicely for bedtime stories and multiple readings.

I'm a Shark by Bob Shea

Shark is not afraid of anything. He is not afraid of dinosaurs or scary movies or even the dark. Shark is "awesome". However, there is one thing that Shark is afraid of but you'll have to discover what it is. Shark is the perfect picture book for a laugh out loud story and will surely be read again and again. Bonus: Bob Shea will be at the ETB on Saturday, May 21st!

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