Friday, November 10, 2017

Fire by Shirley Hughes


Fire is a dragon
  (Better beware),  
             Dangerous and beautiful
  (Better take care),
   Puffing out smoke
  As soon as it's lit, 
   Licking up leaves, 
  Crackle and spit!  

  Sending up sparks 
Into the sky         
       That hover a moment 
 And suddenly die.
Fire is a dragon,   
Alive in the night;
Fiery dragon,       
Glittering bright.   

                                                                     --Shirley Hughes
                                                                                             --From Out and About

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse by Mac Barnett & Illus by Jon Klassen

This book is SO AWESOME. I love it, my kids love it, my school kids love it. You WILL love it too. (That's a command.)

One day, a mouse met a wolf and the inevitable happened--he was swallowed up.

In the wolf's tummy, the mouse sets up a ruckus "Oh woe is me!" only to be told to be quiet. 

Apparently there was a duck living in the wolf's stomach as well. 

"I may have been swallowed, but I have no intention of being eaten." 

They have a lovely breakfast. 

Mouse questions duck about where she got jam and a tablecloth. 

"You'd be surprised what you find inside of a wolf."

 They take their soup seriously. 

Duck has such indomitable spirit, you can't help but love her. (or him. It never really says.)

After duck explains how and why she lives in the wolf's stomach--

"Out there I was always worried about being gobbled up by wolves. In here, I don't have to worry about it." 

--mouse decides he would like to stay. So they have a celebration. 

Which makes the wolf feel wozzily, The goose tells him a good hunk of cheese, wine, and beeswax candles would cure him. 

That night they feast--involving wine and beeswax candles. 

All is delightful in their little home! 

Until that home is threatened. 

"Tonight, we ride to defend our home!"

Not surprisingly, the hunter is a little nonplussed to have this apparition come charging out of a wolf's mouth. He takes off. 

The wolf tells them he will honor whatever wish they have.

SERIOUSLY though, the saucepan and sieve hats--the tablecloth cape--the hockey stick.... I really, really love these characters. 

And I will leave it for you to figure out what they asked for. 


Monday, November 6, 2017

There's a Monster in Your Book! By Tom Fletcher & Illus by Greg Abbott

Isn't that an adorable little monster? I couldn't resist. 

This is a really fun, interactive book. Lots of giggles and laughter when we read it.

There appears to be a page eating monster in the book. 

So we do everything we can to get him OUT of the book. 

Because no one needs a page eating monster in their book. 

Finally, we are so loud and scary the little monster leaves. Yay!!

Except.... if he isn't in this book, where did he go? 

Is he loose in your bedroom? Under your bed??

Call him back!!

Phew! He is back in the book. 

And now he is tired. Pat his head and tell him good night.

And ever so quietly close the book. 

Pretty cute, huh? 

Not sure how this will translate in a whole class setting in the library, but it worked really well as a snuggle up and read together book! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Autumn Harvest by Alvin Tresselt & Illus by Roger Duvoisin

I was of two minds as to when I should post this. I mean there is a jack-o-lantern on the cover, so total Halloween book right? Except this book has only a little Halloween is much more about fall in general. So after Halloween won out. 

Alvin Tresselt books are a little wordy, but the words are well worth the wordiness. And Roger Duvoisin is his marvelous self in this book. 

I heart this book. 

Well used endpapers!

This book follows summer as it morphs into fall. 

Haying under impossibly blue skies. 

School walks

Apple harvest

This book alternates between full color and monochromatic very effectively.

Trees all aglow. 

Really, the words are a long prose poem. I love the words. 

See? Halloween just makes a cameo appearance. 

Fragile ghosts of goldenrod and Queen Anne's lace...

Now the farmer rested in his big easy chair by the fire.
His harvest was gathered. 


Isn't that a charming book? All lovely words and vintage illustrations. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween by Ivy Eastwick & Illus by Hilary Knight


The sky was yellow,
 the moon was green,
     and the little old Witch


and, at the word,     
from an ivied tower
thirteen black bats   
  in a black bat shower 
    came fluttering through
 the pea green gloom  
 and rested there         
          on the WITCH'S BROOM!

    (And a Witch's Broom--
pray not forget--        
   is a million times faster
than any JET!)           
        So they went to the moon, 
  and they circled about, 
              then they swept and they swept
 till they swept it out;    
  they swept up the moon
        and they made their flight--


in a single night.        

                                           --Ivy O. Eastwick

(From Side by Side by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Illus by Hilary Knight)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

I got this book in the library last year and I wasn't sure how I felt about it. It is about fall, but it seemed almost too simplistic. 

However, I have since decided I like it. A lot. I don't know what was the matter with last year me. 

Our yellow time is coming to an end here. We had a gusty wind the other day that took a lot of the leaves off--starting to look a lot like November! 

While we do have a lot of yellow, but other colors too. 

It has been weird warm, but also beautiful this fall!

But back to the book! 

I love books about nature. 

And kids that are happy in nature!

And this kid is reading books while in nature. 


The wind! 

Blowing every which way

Shower of yellow

I love all the visual movement in this book! 

I feel like it captures that feeling you get when you are walking along, thinking of things and all the sudden the wind comes up and the leaves are all swirling around you. And you have to stop and look and feel because it is just so magical. 

I ALWAYS tried to press leaves. But it never really worked out well. Generally I forgot about them for a few years until someone opened up the book and said what are all these brown crumbles? 


But I still always wanted to try.