Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Next Trip to Cover to Cover 4

I really need to make a trip to the bookstore, I haven't been there in a couple of weeks and I may be having withdrawal symptoms, shaking, speaking incoherently, reading old newspapers, etc. I really need to get some Cover to Cover therapy!

Charlie's Superhero Underpants by Lee Wildish and Paul Bright: OK, so any book with underpants in the title gets my attention and almost always a laugh in THE PIT! This book will definitely get laughs as Charlie's favorite underpants, red with POW! across the front and KERZAP! OOF! and SPLAT! across the back, go missing from the clothesline. Charlie takes off on a round the world search for his favorite underoos and ends up trading various animals for other people's clothes around the world. When he meets the Yeti in Nepal, he finds his underwear in an absolutely HILARIOUS picture of the beast wearing the missing undies. VERY FUN!

Flying Lessons by Gilbert Ford: The book starts as a celebration of pigeons and their migration to the north. Pigeons do everything the same, cooing, rest on the same wires, caught worms together, dip in the same bath, and wait for their eggs to hatch. One day they are joined by an unusual "bird" that can't do all of the things they can do, but when the winter turns suddenly cold, the pigeons are stuck in the north, unable to fly. That's when the unusual "bird" comes to the rescue and gets all of the pigeons to safety. The pictures are wonderful in this fun book and lessons about not being to hasty to judge others can come from its reading.

But I Wanted a Baby Brother by Kate Feiffer and Diane Goode: The first book by these two was hugely popular in THE PIT and still doesn't sit on the shelves much, I have the same expectations for this book. When a baby sister comes home from the hospital, Oliver Keaton is NOT happy! All he wanted was a baby brother so he goes about trying to make a trade with his friends who have baby brothers. As he goes through his list of friends, one baby brother cries too much, one baby brother is into stuff that doesn't belong to him, and all of them are just annoying in a variety of ways. In the end Oliver decides his baby sister is just right for him and they become friends. Fun story of siblings learning to get along with bright colorful pictures, very fun.

A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson Illustrated by Shadra Strickland: The author of this spent time in New Orleans after Katrina working with kids. Using poetry and theater to help the children of New Orleans cope with the aftermath, she was inspired to write this book. Told first person through the eyes of a number of children, the reader follows them through the process of preparing for the hurricane to coming home for the recovery. Very well written, leaving nothing out, including the loss that all of the people of New Orleans felt. The pictures are beautiful, the children's faces filled with emotion and feeling.

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