- Red Green Blue: A first book of colors by Alison Jay Another lovely delight from Alison Jay. Colors are presented in a variety of nursery rhymes and Mother Goose stories, with a handy guide to the stories at the back. I hope to purchase this eventually for our concept books collection.
- Push Button by Aliki The pictures are bright and charming, but I thought the rhyme was rough and I'm always doubtful about books with a "message." Plenty of other libraries in our consortium ordered it, I don't feel I need to.
- Too Pickley! by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Genevieve Leloup I liked the author's earlier book, Too Purpley and had hoped to order this one, about a picky eater, but was disappointed in the ending - it never shows what the food is that he DOES like. Probably won't order it now.
- Bear at home by Stella Blackstone I borrowed this to look at because the new Spanish version, Oso en casa is on the Junior Library Guild's pick list for the fall. It's a very simple story, exploring the rooms in a house, that would be perfect for toddler storytime. I was a little taken aback at the size of bear's house - but that's a personal quibble. I see there's a board book version, which would be just right for us. Added to the wishlist!
- Letters from a desperate dog by Eileen Christelow JLG also had a sequel to this picture book on their list, so I got the first one to look at. It was ok, nice classic Christelow illustrations, a dog gets constantly yelled at by his master so he asks an advice columnist for help and eventually becomes a big theater star, only to discover he really misses his master - sort of. The dog as a member of society was kinda funny, but I didn't feel strongly enough about this one to add it to the order list.
- Let's make a joyful noise: Celebrating Psalm 100 by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Amy June Bates I couldn't figure out the rhythm of the poetry in this book - it seemed very choppy. The art was ok, lots of earth tones and movement. I do occasionally buy religious-themed picture books I think our patrons will enjoy, and I'll consider this one because it has several holds on it and Karma Wilson is popular, but it wouldn't be a choice of my own. I liked her Mortimer books better.
- The Three Little Pigs: An architectural tale by Steven Guarnaccia I was really surprised by how much I liked this one. Usually, I put books like these in the "picture books for grownups" category, but this one was good! All of the architectural gags are in the illustrations, and there's a key on the end pages so you can search for the different styles and objects, something even a child uninterested or uninformed about architecture will enjoy. The story itself is the traditional tale - plus the extra bits about the orchard and the fair! told with a fresh verve that keeps the traditional quality of the storyline and makes it a great read-aloud. I'm going to double-check how many three little pig versions we have and hopefully add this one - Recommended
- Frog in the bog by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Joan Rankin I really liked Wilson's rhythm in this rhyming story, but I couldn't like the illustrations - I thought they looked like the book had been left out in the rain and then scribbled on by a child. I recently bought Scott Fischer's Jump, which has a slightly similar theme, rollicking rhyme, and brisk, clear, colorful pictures, so I definitely don't need this one.
- Yucky Worms by Vivian French, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg I liked this one well enough - I also liked Carol Brendler's Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer. I don't like either of them enough to purchase them. Just, I don't know, missing something. I'll like about them some more, maybe make a decision later. Both good books on worms, Winnie is more humorous, Yucky is more informational.
- Bones by Steve Jenkins Technically, this is a nonfiction, but I usually use Steve Jenkins for interactive read-alouds, so counting this as a picture book. I don't know why I didn't really like this one. It's classic Jenkins, I have tons of kids wanting skeleton books, it just didn't really grab me. Maybe because I couldn't immediately see it as a read-aloud, which I always have for his other books. I read Down Down Down with preschoolers and it's a hit! Irregardless of my personal malaise, I will buy this one eventually. 'Cause, you know, skeletons, Steve Jenkins, it's good.
- The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall. This one I LIKE. Strong, infectious rhymes, blocky, colorful pictures with lots of strong lines and humor, this is going to be a storytime favorite for a long time. I'm glad I ordered it for the library - Recommended.
- Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand Abstractly, I can see this could be fun and popular. Personally, I'm not really a Hillenbrand fan, too busy for my tastes I guess? But I'll add it to the picture book wishlist.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Quick Reviews: Clearing off the picturebook shelf
I have a giant pile of picture books from the library I've just read through - some of them I'll be giving longer reviews, but some I didn't really have more than a couple quick thoughts...