Well, here we are, end of summer. I start back up at work on Monday (more on that later, I’m sure), and after Labor Day, out library resumes it’s regular hours. We’ll probably retain our Wednesday schedule when it comes to taking out books, but with the library resuming it’s weekend hours, that opens up the possibility of being able to take Bear to other programming – our library has some nice story time, read-aloud, and craft programming for younger kids, so that’ll be nice.
Ugh. there’s a lot of things I’m looking forward to about fall. But that’s literally another blog post.
Anyway, last week’s clear winner was undeniably Poor Louie, by Tony Fucile.
Tony Fucile has spent a great deal of his professional career in animation, including work on The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, which I think is really obvious in the style of this book (more Iron Giant than Incredibles, honestly). The drawings were adorable, and it was a sweet take on a story trope that’s been done before (big sibling – fur sibling, in this case – feels displaced and lonely with the impending birth of the younger sibling). Bear is very, very firmly an only child, but I bet this would be a nice book to read to older-siblings-to-be. Bear really enjoyed how evocative and emotive Louie was, and loved giggling at his faces while he walked in the rain as was “tortured” by babies. And, of course, he loved yelling “POOR LOUIE!” every couple of pages.
This week’s batch was chosen by Bear’s dad.
Morris Mole, by Dan Yaccarino: “Meet Morris Mole—he has always been a little bit different. When the moles are running low on food, it’s up to clever Morris to save the day. With a little help from an unexpected friend and a lot of digging, Morris learns that even the smallest creatures can do big things.”
Come to the Fairies Ball, by Jane Yolen: “All the fairies are excited to be invited to the King’s ball, except for one young fairy whose only party dress is in tatters, but some wise words from the resident ants help her be all she can be.”
Any Questions?, by Marie-Louise Gay: “Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers through a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children — together they collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.”
The Only Child, by Guojing: “A little girl—lost and alone—follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But… home and family are very far away. How will she get back there?”
Drawn Together, by Mihn Le: “When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.”
That’s all for this week. As always, if you have an recomendations for books for us to read together – or emerging reader books that Bear can start looking at on his own – leave it down in the comments!