Bear’s Weekly Book Haul: August 24th, 2018

Bear's book haulWell, 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.

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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!

Bear’s Weekly Book Haul: June 29, 2018

Bear's book haulLast Wednesday was my crazy summer prep day, so we wound up not going to the library – Bear got an extra week with his books, and we did a few re-reads.  This week, I think the winner for us was There’s a Monster in Your Book!

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It’s an interactive book that tells you do do things on each page to try to get the monster out of your books – shake the book, tip the pages, yell really loud – and it was a really fun experience, watching how into it Bear got, even on the third read-through.  It’s not hugely text dense, and it doesn’t really have a storyline, but it’s a great little book to end the night with, spending some time and having a few giggles with the kiddo.

For me, the clear winner was A Family is a Family is a Family, which was short and sweet, with really lovely illustrations, about the different configurations that a family can take.  It brought up families with LGBT parents, interracial families, single moms, foster parents, adoptive parents, kids being raised by grandparents, only children, and large families. It was nice to see the diversity of family celebrated, with the singular through line of love and support being families’ defining feature.51FYQ-KDJKL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

This week’s haul, you’ll notice several Olivia books – what can I say, our family loves Olivia!  These books are part of the Nickelodeon tie-in series, based on the animated series.  They’re good, solid little storybooks, but the original series by Ian Falconer simply cannot be beat.  If you haven’t read Falconer’s books, please do yourself and your child a favor.  Our favorite is probable Olivia Goes to Venice.

Anyway…:

Olivia Plants a Garden, by Emily Sollinger
GoodRead summary:  Olivia is planting a garden and she can’t wait to see what blooms from her mystery seeds. She knows she’ll have the best plant in the entire class.

Olivia Trains Her Cat, by Sarah Alby and Joe Purdy
GoodReads summary:  Olivia wants her cat to be just as amazing as Francine’s, who can perform incredible tricks on demand. But teaching a cat to perform isn’t as easy as it looks, as Olivia soon finds out! Kids will love this charming ready-to-read story with rebus icons about Olivia and her pet.

Dinner with Olivia, by Emily Sollinger
GoodReads summary:  Olivia is thrilled to be invited to Francine’s house for dinner…she just knows it’s going to be a very sophisticated evening. And then it’s time for Olivia to have Francine over…but what will Francine think of her family’s casual table manners?


Olivia Cooks Up a Surprise, by Emily Sollinger and Jared Osterhold
GoodReads summary: It’s Mother’s birthday, and Olivia is planning something super special–a surprise dinner! What’s on the menu? All red food, of course!

Crunch the Shy Dinosaur, by  Cirocco Dunlap and Greg Pizzoli
GoodReads summary:  Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shrubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you! If you are patient and encouraging, you will find yourself with a new friend!

Road Work Ahead, by Anastasia Suen and Jannie Ho
GoodReads summary:  When a family sets out on a trip to Grandma’s, their journey proves to be more like a visit to a construction site. Sidewalks are being poured, streetlights repaired, roads resurfaced. The noise of jackhammers, whistles, and horns fills the air.

Three Bears in a Boat, by David Soman
GoodReads summary:  Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange new islands, huge whales, and vast seas but no blue seashells. When a treacherous storm suddenly blows in, the three bears find themselves tossed about in their little boat, far from Mama. What will become of their search, and what will it take to bring them safely home?

The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown
GoodReads summary:  While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

That’s it for this week! (And I changed the format a little; I’m still trying to gain my footing doing this blog thing.  Is it better?  Do you like it?)  If you have any thoughts of the books we hauled this week, or any recommendations, please let us know!  We’re always looking for good books for Bear!