Friday, October 21, 2016

Library Haul

It's been a minute, but I'm back with another library haul post. I know you've missed these, so let's dive in and see what Isla and I picked out this week after the jump.

Spot's a classic, right? And so timely for Halloween. This is one of Isla's picks since I don't even look at the board books anymore, but she picked a good one. It's cute. It's simple. And it's seasonal. 

Zachary Quack Minimonster is the story of a little duck named Zachary Quack who gets caught up in all kinds of mess and trouble trying to chase a dragonfly. While the story is technically told through the rhyming writing, it really shines through the illustrations where you can see just how Zachary Quack becomes the minimonster.

I learned as an ADULT (like last year...) that it's Berenstain Bears, not Berenstein Bears. It's so hard for me to say it properly now that I've said it wrong only my entire life...

Isla has been on a bit of a dinosaur kick ever since we watched The Land Before Time. Anyway, Dinosaur Dig is a cute book that introduces a few different types of dinosaurs. My favorite part, though, was Professor Actual Factual. If I'm ever a teacher, my students will be required to call me that.

The Runaway Dinner is such fun! A little boy named Banjo sits down one day to have his dinner when it jumps up and runs away. His sausage, carrots, peas, and fries all run away. So, naturally, the fork and knife and plate and table and chair and Banjo must chase them. I got a little concerned towards the end about Melvin the sausage, but alls well that ends well. 

The Bat Boy & His Violin is the story of Reginald and his father, who manages the worst team in the Negro Leagues. Reginald's father is concerned that he spends too much time cooped up inside, so he gives him a job as bat boy for the Dukes. When Reginald starts playing his violin in the dugout, the Dukes luck begins to change. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. This one is pretty text heavy, so would be better for older kids.

Isla is not 5. Isla is 3. But I really feel like this book was written specifically about her. Or maybe it just applies to the 5 and under crowd. It's Hard to be Five is about all the hard things (controlling your emotions) and all the good things (independence!) about growing up. That honestly makes me tear up a little bit. This is another Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell book. I didn't know until recently that Jamie Lee Curtis wrote children's books, but I've been impress with all that I've read so far. The rhymes are on point and the illustrations do a wonderful job conveying all these big emotions cooped up in these tiny bodies.

Itty Bitty Kitty is not itty. Or bitty. In fact, he's so un-itty and un-bitty that he gets stuck going down a fireman's pole in this hilarious story about a little girl, named Ava, and her cat going for a visit to the fire station. They get a snack, try the water hose, accidentally trip the alarm, and learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Was it just me, or did you all think that catching on fire was going to be a much bigger deal as an adult? I mean, I'm glad I'm familiar with stop, drop, and roll, but I swear the way that was drilled into us in elementary school, I though for sure I would have caught myself on fire at least three times by now.

The Cat in the Hat is back at Dick and Sally's house, but this time he's brought a dinosaur with him. This is the other dinosaur book that Isla picked out this week. It does a great job introducing many different types of dinosaurs, showing how to pronounce their names and giving a few facts about each type - all while rhyming.

Everybody loves Frank Asch, right? In Moonbear's Sunrise, Bear wants to watch the sunrise, but stays up way too late watching the moon. He tries using an alarm clock to wake him up. Then two alarm clocks. Then ten alarm clocks. Nothing works, until Little Bird convinces him to go to bed early so that he can wake up early and see the sunrise. And wouldn't you know, it worked. And the sunrise was just as beautiful as Bear thought it would be. 

Deep in the Sahara is the story of a young girl, Lalla, who desperately wants to wear a malafa so that she can be like her mother, sister, cousin, and grandmother. This book does a wonderful job introducing another culture and demonstrating that though our families and lives may be different, they are still very much the same. 

I'm not going to lie - Milo reminds me of the bad magician from Frosty the Snowman. You know who I'm talking about? But he had dark hair, right? Who had red hair in that movie? Did one of the sequels have a red haired bad magician? I don't know...

Milo's Hat Trick is about a not-so-great magician who goes out to catch a rabbit to pull out of his hat and accidentally catches a bear instead. Luckily, this bear knows a thing or two about jumping in and out of hats. After a few mishaps, Milo and the bear have a wonderful run putting on their magic show. But soon it's time for the bear to hibernate, so he shows Milo how to jump in and out of a hat so he can do it himself. This one was probably my favorite of the stack.

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