Getting Wrong Right: Badness for Beginners

Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

Badness for BeginnersAuthor: Ian Whybrow (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Harper Collins Children’s Books
ISBN: 0007143613

With lively illustrations, catchy, nasty nursery rhymes and loads of mischief, this celebration of badness is a complete hit in our family.

Revenge in rhyme : Hamlet for Kids

Monday, August 7, 2006.

Hamlet for KidsAuthor: Lois Burdett
Illustrator: Grade 2 students
Published: 2000 Firefly Books
ISBN: 1552095304

If you aren’t opposed to a little stabbing and poisoning in your picture books, this thoroughly engaging and accessible retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet makes for a very exciting storytime.

Reaching higher: I Can Hear the Sun

Friday, August 4, 2006.

I Can Hear the SunAuthor: Patricia Polacco
Illustrator: Patricia Polacco
Published: 2002 Puffin USA
ISBN: 069811857X

A beautifully written and illustrated story that somehow blends the harsh realities of homelessness, isolation and disability with a magical sense of wonder, friendship and maybe even hope.

Fly, Eagle, Fly

Thursday, August 3, 2006.

Fly, Eagle, FlyAuthor: Christopher Gregorowski
Illustrator: Niki Daly (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Frances Lincoln Limited
ISBN: 0711217300

Chapters Amazon

An eagle chick orphaned and raised as a chicken completely forgets its potential.

This brilliant book can be enjoyed for the guaranteed giggles of embarrassment at the eagle’s ridiculous situation, or to prompt discussions of life, limits and the potential of the human spirit.

A Lesson for me: Poodlena

Wednesday, August 2, 2006.

PoodlenaAuthor: E. B. McHenry
Illustrator: E. B. McHenry
Published: 2004 Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 1582346984

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A retro, dog-based response to the pretty princess books that currently abound, Poodlena tells the story of a pampered pink poodle who learns that there’s more to life than looking perfect.

This book taught me a lesson about not teaching lessons!


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