Saturday, October 2, 2010

It’s good to be reading together again. I had a lot of new books from the library, and many of them were great reads. However, this week Smarty seemed to be particular to the books that were tickling her funny bone, so to speak. Here are her picks:
Are you a horse

Both Smarty and I really enjoyed Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash. It’s a very fun book with gorgeous illustrations. The main character gets a saddle as a present and instructions that tell him to find a horse. There is only one problem – he doesn’t know what a horse is. I like the clever “scientific refining” approach of the book – a boy eventually narrows down his search to a four-legged animal that is friendly and eats grass. The ending is really delightful, but I am not going to give it out – you should run, get this book and enjoy it – it’s really that good!
When Dinosaurs Came With Everything Dinosaur books is a staple in our house, since Smarty continues to be fascinated with them. When she saw When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach, she exclaimed, You knew I love reading dinosaur books. She was a little confused by the story, since she is not used to getting “prizes” for shopping (the only exception is her doctor’s office). Still she found the premise rather funny, and giggled at the pictures of frustrated and overwhelmed mother. Illustrations by David Small are fantastic, and I think the boys will appreciate this book even more than my daughter did.
The Seals on the Bus
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort/Brian Karas was Smarty's favorite independent book this week and she kept asking for it as a bathroom reader. I only looked at it briefly, and the title is sort of self-explanatory. I can see why daughter liked it though – it’s an amusing take on one of most favorite songs of her toddlerhood. The song got stale over time, but now she can give it a new life with animal sounds.

Little Yellow Leaf
We had somewhat different views on The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger. I learned about this book from the post on Ready, Set, Read blog. We both enjoyed it very much, but Smarty focused on something that she found funny – a little leaf that “wasn’t ready to fly”. She actually pretended to be this little leaf when I was attempting to put her to bed and insisted, Not yet! I am not ready yet! I really enjoyed the beautiful and unusual illustrations and found the story very touching. This could probably make a good study book for FIAR folks too.


Debbie said...

All these books sound so good. The first one and the last one look like ones that I think Selena would really enjoy. I do want to look into the second one though. Now to see if our library has them.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We love Carin Berger's books and I think The Little Yellow Leaf is her best one so far. The details in the illustrations are stunning.

Christy said...

We have had The Little Yellow Leaf on hold at the library for a week or so now; I hope it comes in soon.

The Seals on the Bus is a fun book.

LitLass said...

Thanks for the reviews--I'll have to check these out.

Ticia said...

My kids loved "When Dinosaurs Came with Everything," and I'm trying to remember if we ended up writing about it........ Sigh, too many books to remember.

I'll have to try and find the first book, it looks cute. We've been having fun finding "right pet for you" books since we're getting a pet soon.