Saturday, September 14, 2013

Picture Book Saturday

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!
By Scott Magoon
Published 2013 by Paula Wiseman Books
I really liked this twist on "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." First, it's about a Bigfoot - hello, awesome! Second, it's told from the Bigfoot's point of view. Third, it's really funny. Last, the illustrations are quite nice. I think the change in perspective in this version of the tale help distance it a bit from sounding too message-y. This is a fun read that kids will definitely enjoy.

Oh No, Little Dragon!
By Jim Averbeck
Published 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Little Dragon has lost his spark and must figure out how to get it back. He tries everything he can think of but nothing seems to work. Can his mama help him with his spark? This book is adorable and I think would work well for a toddler storytime. Little Dragon acts very much like a toddler, as a matter of fact, and I think the combination of humorous and heartwarming is very appealing. The illustrations are bright and bold, which would also work well for toddlers. A fun addition to dragon stories.

Panda and Polar Bear
By Matthew Baek
Published 2009 by Dial
This book is adorable. The illustrations and the story are so sweet that I'm willing to forgive how darn confusing this book might be for kids. One day, a polar bear cub finds himself in a bamboo forest covered in mud. A panda cub discovers him and mistakes him for another panda. Basically, they become best friends, despite their differences, and have lots of fun together under polar bear decides it's time to go home. And that is when we discover how this story is even possible (which, if you're an adult, you may have figured out already). So, even though it's potentially a very misleading story for the majority of the time, it's so cute that I recommend it anyway.

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