Chris Haughton’s Oh No, George! is in the same vein as the book Eli, No!, except in Oh No, George!, the star of the story tries to do what’s right, even if he doesn’t always succeed. George is a loveable dog, and he says he’ll be good. He even reminds himself to be good, but sometimes he just can’t resist temptation. Of course George gets into all kinds of trouble, but he has his moments of self control too. Kids will identify with George’s struggle to behave, and they’ll have a few laughs along the way too.
Oh yeah, and the illustrations are the coolest. Chris Haughton also wrote and illustrated Little Owl Lost, another favorite of ours, that has a similar style. The colors are bold and the images feel retro and modern all at the same time. This book has everything: a story that will resonate with kids, exceptional art, and humor that little ones and adults will find amusing.
Like many children’s book fans, we were sad to hear about Maurice Sendak passing today. I contemplated not posting this entry in light of the news, but I suspect he would be all right with the world talking about a new book that came out today. After all, it’s a book he called “terribly ordinary.” And he also said, “The sad thing is, I like it.” Yes, it’s Stephen Colbert’s I Am a Pole (And So Can You).
Though the cover seems innocent enough, the book is meant for an adult audience. Colbert says I Am a Pole “is the inspirational story of a pole, trying to find its place in the world.” But be warned that one of the poles the pole contemplates becoming is not for children.
Is that really a big surprise coming from a Stephen Colbert picture book? No. But Maurice Sendak seemed to like it, and I trust his taste in books.
I Must Have Bobo, written by Eileen Rosenthal and illustrated by Marc Rosenthal, explores the complex relationship between a boy, his cat, and his toy monkey. Sounds intriguing, no?
Willy wakes up one day, and he can’t find his toy monkey, Bobo. Then he discovers that his cat, Earl, wants Bobo all to himself. Willy takes Bobo back, but Earl is always nearby, waiting for the perfect opportunity to reunite with Bobo. The simple illustrations (see some below) are expressive and create the humorous backdrop of this book.
Some may think this book may not be good for children because Willy is a bit, um, difficult, for most of the book. But instead of keeping this book from a child for fear he or she may mimic Willy, why not use it as a tool for talking to a child about behavior? Maybe asking a child for ideas on how Willy could have better handled some of the situations in the book would be a worthwhile discussion. Sharing can be torture for kids sometimes, and though Willy seems a little selfish, he is just a kid. I Must Have Bobo could serve as a guide for talking to kids about the frustrating emotions they feel.
Oh, yeah, this book is fun and it can just be read simply because it’s an enjoyable read. Don’t forget that part either.
On a side note, we are excited to hear that a follow up book, I’ll Save You Bobo, was just published on April 3 this year. We must get a copy of that book!
Falling in love with Amy Martin’s Symphony City is easy, especially if you love art and music. This is a story about a lost girl who finds her way home enjoying the music that surrounds her. Bright colors contrasted with the gray of the city emotes music in a most beautiful way. And the minimal text, while descriptive, lets the illustrations do most of the talking. You’ll find yourself lingering on the pages to take in all the imagery.
The latest in Mo Willems’ Pigeon series comes out on tomorrow. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? has everything we love about the Pigeon books: an incensed pigeon and a clever twist at the end. A fun lesson about the importance of being polite, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? will no doubt be another winner for Mo Willems.
If you are not familiar with Mo Willems, you are in for a treat. Check out his books at your local library. If you are building up a home library for your little one, the odds are good that you will end up purchasing some of Willems’ books for your collection. He’s just so gosh darn good. You can also visit his website here.
Check out Dallas Clayton’s An Awesome Book. It has a simple message about dreaming big, and the drawings are childlike and charming. It’s a sweet book that will dare kids to dream the seemly impossible, and it will inspire adults not to let their dreams die. I bet this book could to turn a sour cynic into an old softie.
An Awesome Book was Dallas Clayton’s first book, and he originally put it out himself. The book was such a success HarperCollins is now publishing it. See Dallas tell the story himself in the video below. You can read the book in its entirety here.
I can’t put my finger on what it is about Tomi Ungerer’s Moon Man (originally published in 1967), but it somehow feels vintage and new at the same time. It also feels kind of creepy, lively, and captivating too.
To sum up the story for you, the Moon Man longs to join the people on Earth dancing the night away, so he hitches a ride on a comet to join in the fun. Unfortunately, when he lands, people are not so welcoming, and he’s imprisoned. But don’t cry for him yet because the Moon Man manages to escape and finally enjoys a night of dancing at a garden party. Once his fun ends, he stumbles upon the perfect person to get him back home to the moon.
Tomi Ungerer’s storytelling, wit, and illustrations make Moon Man a thought provoking, enchanting, and just plain delightful read. A few spreads from the book are below.