Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Picture Books + Catching Up on #BookaDay #WhatAreYouReadingMonday

I'm behind! Haven't posted on a What Are You Reading Monday in ... over a month?  Luckily ... several picture books waiting for me either in an Amazon box or on the library holdshelf. ;]

One of these days I will come back and for those of you not on Goodreads repost some of the chapter books I've finished lately.  Or picture books that I neglected to ever cross post. Yesterday was my last planned PD so I will probably be around for the rest of the summer. Debate going on about a road trip but ... I'm not a super big fan of the road trip so we'll see. So long sitting in a car! Even with something to listen to (cause I can only read for a few minutes at a time w/o getting motion sick) ... why is sitting so exhausting?

Big BouffantBig Bouffant by Kate Hosford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever so cute. Don't be afraid to be yourself. Yes, it's been done before and the rhymes are not always top-notch. It's the general idea of a current children's book discussing bouffants of all things ... and the ILLUSTRATIONS. LOVE the little details in the different children in the story. And in Annabelle's hair. ;]

Three Hens and a PeacockThree Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read via the new Reading Rainbow app. I must admit the four might be more because it was so nicely integrated into the app (a LITTLE bit of hidden stuff ... the main focus was on the book, which is SO important and the narration was awesome) than the story itself. But it was cute and funny. Worth taking a look at! And possibly for remembering that the grass is not "always greener" on someone else's side.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I am glad to have it in print form. Oddly enough, I think the app will still be my personal favorite ... but this is a great way to introduce the story to kids and have them actually listen and engage with the story instead of racing ahead to use the interactive parts of the app.

Lovely artwork. Lovely idea. Glad to have found it.

Extra YarnExtra Yarn by Mac Barnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love the style of illustration. Love the #hatback character cameos (Hello, Rabbit! Good to see you! #didNOTexpectthat). Love the idea of a little girl making a difference.

Not as huge a fan of the duke and what happens with him ... but other reviewers are correct. Could lead to discussion.

An Annoying ABCAn Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Totally cute and a possible mentor text for either ABC books or poetry and alliteration.
Teachers? We've all had one of "these" mornings. If your lucky you get a mostly quiet and productive afternoon. The power of an apology!

Only what is up with the teacher's outfit? Pink bunny rabbits on a purple ... vest? With capri leggings and what looks like lime green cargo shorts? My only quibble. ;]

In the WildIn the Wild by David Elliott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this one! Took me a while to get to it but now I feel like I should look up On the Farm and In the Sea (new 2012!) as well. Nicely done poetry and beautiful artwork. A great companion to an animal study.

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