This week, I have two outstanding picture books to share with you. That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George (2011, Greenwillow Books) and Gibbus Moony Wants to Bite You! by Leslie Muir (2011, Atheneum Books for Young Readers), illustrated by Jen Corace.
That Pup! is perfect for the youngest picture book enthusiasts. The text is simple. The illustrations are big and bright (my favorite kind). And the main characters are a puppy and a squirrel. The story is fun. The darling puppy digs up all of the squirrel’s acorns, much to the squirrel’s dismay (he was storing them for the winter). After the squirrel tells the puppy that the acorns are his, the puppy and the squirrel play a new game-hide the acorns. This is a great book for fall or anytime of the year.
Gibbus Moony Wants to Bite You! is for children who are a little bit older, around four to eight years old. I like this one for Halloween. It’s about a vampire child and his vampire family. Don’t worry, it’s not at all scary. These vampires eat fruits and vegetables. This book would be a great tool if you have a biter in the family. It will help teach your little “vampire” that biting people (and household items) is not appropriate, but biting food sure is. The text and the colorful illustrations are humorous. This book is a lot of fun.