Sunday, September 18, 2011

Every picture tells a story

THE MONSTROUS BOOK OF MONSTERS by "Dr. Thomas Jelly" (Templar Books 2011) is a funny lift the flap movable book about all manner of monsters, imaginary thankfully. They hide in every nook and cranny including inside your tube of toothpaste. This is a book that begs interaction. <476>

Michael Rosen gives readers lyrical haiku about a wide variety of dogs in THE HOUND DOG'S HAIKU AND OTHER POEMS FOR DOG LOVERS with illustrations by Mary Azarian (Caldecott winner) (Candlewick 2011). Here is the title poem:

staccato sniffing
fills your ribs' parentheses
you keep scent's secret

Azarian's woodcut illustrations are marvelous alongside Rosen's masterful poems. <477>

GEORGE FLIES SOUTH by Simon James (Candlewick) is the story of a young bird who is not quite ready to leave his nest and head south for the coming winter season. While his mother is away finding him some worms, a gust of wind carries George and his nest out of the safety of the tree and into some dangerous territory. The pastel illustrations are perfect for this quiet tale of finding courage. <478>

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of a Haiku poetry book about dogs. I know that my students would enjoy these poems. As part of our curriculum, I have to include poems and using a book like The Hound Dogs' Haiku would be a good change from the regular textbook.