Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Purple Kangaroo Hops Into THE PIT

With all of the Newbery hype, (did we mention that Literate Lives read and reviewed all 5 winners?) I haven't had a chance to share any Picks From THE PIT lately, so I thought my next few posts would be a good chance to catch up with some new picture books.

Last year I loved Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, you might know him from VH1, and this year he has a new one that I think is just as fun. The Purple Kangaroo is told by a very cool monkey who possesses amazing mind reading powers!

After telling the reader to think of something SPECTACULAR, he leads you down the path of thinking of a "roller-skating, hula hooping, purple kangaroo looking for his best friend the wild eyed chinchilla Senor Ernesto de Pantelones."

The description of The Purple Kangaroo just keeps getting wilder and wilder and funnier and funnier. Peter Brown's illustrations are as fun and colorful as the story. I read it over 20 times last week and laughed every time. What a way to start 2010 in THE PIT!


  1. Congratulations on having read and reviewed all five Newbery winners. Very cool (though I'm not surprised that you did).

    I'm thinking I need to get down to some picture book reviewing soon, too.

  2. Hey Bill, I think you are telepathically influencing me. With the short week I broke out my entire repertoire of (how to put this delicately, I’ll go with. . .) derriere books. Beginning with Chicken Cheeks, followed by Chicken Butt, The Tushy Book and if time allowed Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo.

    I’m dubious of celebrity books but with the success of Black’s first attempt I’m putting The Purple Kangaroo in my next order.

  3. I know I'm going to be really into The Purple Kangaroo now. Can't wait!