Okay, I promised more info about the nine titles I mentioned in my last post. These are nine great books I came across as I was weeding in the children’s picture book section of my library. I know this post is long over-due. I’m sorry for that. But don’t let that stop you from tracking them down and checking them out. You won’t be sorry.
The Origami Master by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, illustrated by Aki Sogabe (2008 Albert Whitman & Company): This interesting book uses paper-cut art to tell the story of a Japanese origami master. I’m a fan of all things paper sculpture-origami, pop-up, collage, cut paper-you name it!
An Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler, illustrated by Whitney Martin (2005 Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers): It’s just as its name implies-undone. Humerous warnings throughout the book tell the reader, do not turn the page, they haven’t finished drawing it yet. What child (or adult) wouldn’t turn the page? The story is hilariously changed because you turned the page too soon.
The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear, illustrated by Jan Brett (1991 G. P. Putnam’s Sons): This book is a gorgeously illustrated version of a classic folktale. Look for the underwater story that unfolds at the same time as the main story. Brilliant!
The Tree by Dana Lyons, illustrated by David Danioth (2002 Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Inc.): This is another beautifully illustrated book. The artist uses interesting angles and changing colors for each page that reflect a changing mood. A portion of the profits made on this book go to benefit the Jane Goodall Institute and the Circle of Life Foundation. Great causes!
Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis, illustrated by Ora Eitan (1997 G. P. Putnam’s Sons): This book contains very unique illustrations done on plywood panels. I’ve never seen anything like it. This is a sweet, rhyming story.
The Haunted Castle by Stephanie Laslett, illustrated by Nigel McMullen (1995, 1996 Dutton Children’s Books): I know kids will love the spooky holographic pictures in this book. It’s fun for Halloween or anytime.
Blue Burt and Wiggles by Derek Anderson (2006 Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers): This book is super colorful! It has sweet characters with a special friendship. The main characters are a bird and a worm. The concept is interesting-the two friends try to keep Autumn from coming so that Blue Burt won’t have to fly south for the winter and leave Wiggles behind. Clever inset pictures help move the story along.
Tiger, Tiger by Dee Lillegard, illustrated by Susan Guevara (2002 G. P. Putnam’s Sons): This book has bold colored pictures done in chalk pastels. I enjoy the feathery look of pastels. Each illustration/page in this book is surrounded by a black border that helps intensify the story.
A Father’s Song by Janet Lawler, illustrated by Lucy Corvino (2006 Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.): This one is perfect for Father’s Day! Just like Tiger, Tiger, this book has bold illustrations done in chalk pastels. It’s super cheerful. Beautiful!
There are so many wonderful picture books just waiting to be discovered by you and your child. Have fun discovering them together!