Monday, November 29, 2010

Everything Else: Cybils Nominations P - R

I took a break from Cybils and visited the fabulous Golden Book Exhibition at the Chicago Public Library on Saturday. It's not a huge exhibition, but every single illustration and book is carefully selected; you're guaranteed to see something that touches off childhood memories. And now...into the home stretch...

  • Paulie Pastrami achieves world peace by James Proimos. Paulie Pastrami achieves world peace one small step - and cupcake - at a time. I'm a little confused about the point of this story, but I have a suspicion kids won't care - they'll just think it's hilarious. Swim Swim is still my favorite Proimos book though...Borrowed from the library.
  • Pete the cat: I love my white shoes by Eric Litwin. Pete the cat loves his white shoes but as he walks and sings, his shoes change color...but Pete doesn't mind he keeps walking along and singing his song "because it's all good." I didn't care for this book the first time I read it, but repeated readings have worn their way into my heart. James Dean's simple illustrations and Litwin's cheerfully lilting text are sure to be a hit at storytimes. Borrowed from library.
  • A place where hurricanes happen by Renee Watson. Adrienne, Michael, Keesha, and Tommy live in New Orleans, a place where hurricanes happen. But their city, their neighborhood is so much more than that. Each child talks about the things they love - and don't - in their homes and neighborhoods and how the hurricane affected them. In the end, they all return and remember the ways things were and look forward to a new future. Recommended for classroom reading. Borrowed from library.
  • Pobble's Way by Simon Van Booy. A little named Pobble goes walking with Daddy one winter evening. They banter and enjoy some silliness, then drop a mitten as they leave. Various animals argue over the mitten's purpose until Pobble and her father return and everyone goes home to bed. This is a pleasant retelling of the classic lost mitten story with a healthy dose of silliness. I wouldn't have named the child "Pobble" which brings to mind Edward Lear's poem, "The Pobble Who Has No Toes". The illustrations are detailed and richly colored. Review copy received from Flash Light Press.
  • Potty Animals: What to know when you've gotta go! by Hope Vestergaard. Various animals make mistakes and are corrected in the toilet-training process. This book appears to be specifically targeted at preschool and possibly kindergarten age children in a school setting and deals with a variety of issues and rules surrounding toilet-training, including remembering to wash hands, close the door, and issues in sharing a bathroom with other children, like remembering to knock and wait your turn. The digital illustrations are perky and attractive. Some parents will be unhappy with the book's format of showing and then correcting problems, since it may give kids...ideas, but most daycares and preschools will want to have a copy of this on hand for frequent reading to refresh little memories. Borrowed from library.
  • The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark by Deborah Diesen. Fans of the Pout-Pout Fish will be pleased to see him return in an irresistably rhymed new adventure. The Pout-Pout Fish has promised to help retrieve Mrs. Clam's pearl, but though he's strong and brave...he's also scared of the dark! With the help of a friend, he conquers his fears and retrieves the pearl. It was nice to see a "scared of the dark" story where the character doesn't have to conquer his fear alone. Recommended if your library owns the first volume, since there are sure to be fans asking for the sequel! Borrowed from library.
  • Quackenstein hatches a family by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Quack the duck is a lonely misanthrope, until he decides to brighten his days with an adopted egg. But when his egg hatches, it's no duck! It's a monster and Quack flees for his life...when the baby monster catches him, it's all over...or is it? Funny, slick, with a tantalizing surprise ending. Recommended. Review copy provided by Abrams.
  • Queen's Secret by Frieda Wishinsky. This Canadian offering from Scholastic has "toy tie in" written all over it. Static illustrations in bright pinks and yellows illustrate a cloyingly rhymed story of a little girl who discovers she has something in common with the queen - they both keep a teddy bear in their purse. Wishinsky's Canadian Flyer chapter books are fairly popular in our library, especially with Magic Tree House fans, and I would say her chapter books are her strength. Not recommended. Review copy received from North Winds Press, imprint of Scholastic Canada
  • Reach for the stars by Serge Bloch. Graduation novelty gift. Borrowed from library.
  • RV Mouse by Mary Jean Kelso. Poorly written and badly illustrated. Text is far too lengthy for a picturebook. Not recommended. Reviewed from pdf supplied by publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing.

2 comments:

Ms. Yingling said...

You are doing such an awesome, awesome job with this. Reading like a maniac AND posting about what you read. I'm jealous of the Golden Book Exhibit. There's a good coffee table book out there, too; just can't remember the title!

Jennifer said...

There are lots of cool collector's guides and value guides - I don't think I've ever seen anything else but I'd be interested if you happen to remember the title...