Saturday, July 14, 2007

Picture Books for fun and profit

Matthews, Tina Out of the Egg PICTURE BOOK Houghton Mifflin – Every thinks they know the story of the Little Red Hen – but do you know what happened next? The Red Hen learns an important lesson from her own chick in this artfully done continuation of the classic. The Japanese wood block prints work just right to illustrate this story. Any elementary school and other schools with Teacher Advisory programs need to add this to their collections. EL, MS – ADVISABLE

Noyes, Deborah When I Met the Wolf Girls, illustrated by August Hall PICTURE BOOK Houghton Mifflin – One day, a missionary brings two feral little girls to his orphanage in the jungles of India. Seen through the eyes of one of the other charges, the adults attempt to “domesticate” the girls with love and kindness. The haunting story will be loved by elementary students; the illustrations, done in acrylic by a master of Disney, Pixar and ILM, delight the eye. EL – ADVISABLE

Lehman, Barbara Rainstorm Mifflin – Trapped in the house during a rainy day, a young boy finds a key that leads him to a different place and new friends. Told without words, the watercolor, gouache and ink illustrations lead you on a marvelous journey to friendship. Wordless books are a wonderful tool for prediction and narration for younger and older students. This particular title will be well loved. EL, MS – ADVISABLE

Pickering, Jimmy Skelly the Skeleton Girl, PICTURE BOOK Simon and Schuster – A little skeleton girl finds a mysterious bone and sets off to find its owner. My macabre predilections may be showing through, but this quick read with its funky, mixed media illustrations is the kind of book my own children and I would read through many times. This is definitely a book to buy and one that will be reread during Halloween time or any time at all. EL – ESSENTIAL


Jimmy Pickering said...

Hi Cindy:

I was excited to read your review of my book "Skelly The Skeleton Girl." Creating Skelly was almost a ten year process, yet a lot of fun. My intent was to make Skelly The Skeleton Girl a book I would like to read and enjoy the illustrations. I'm grateful and thankful to hear that goal has come through in a final book which can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.

Thank you again and I'm so pleased you enjoyed Skelly The Skeleton Girl.

Take care,
Jimmy Pickering

Kathy Weller said...

This book looks amazing. I MUST add it to my buy list!! :)