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It’s been a long time since I shared some of our favorite library check-outs. We adore the library, and I want to be more regular about sharing these so you can find them at your library, too!
My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by H.B. Lewis – While this could qualify as a Christmas book – it starts with a letter to Santa – the message is really “be careful what you wish for.” Knowing how Santa has been mixed up in the past, Joe is very careful to describe what he wants this year for Christmas: a LIVE penguin, 12 inches tall, named Osbert. And he gets it. And it’s all fun and games until Osbert wants to eat creamed herring for every meal. This is super cute. Y’all know we don’t really do Santa, but we don’t block him, and this book isn’t at all about Santa. Osbert (could there be a cuter name??) teaches Joe a lesson he’ll never forget!
Zagazoo by Quentin Blake – This is totally a “for Mom and Dad” kind of book. British author/illustrator Blake tells a tale of parents who happily receive a baby in the mail. But over time, the baby morphs into a warthog, a hairy monster, a fire-breathing dragon, and other animals you might recognize in your own kids. Your kids will like it because, well, a baby turning into an elephant is funny. But you will get the real kick out of this one. If you recognize Blake’s artistry, it’s because he illustrated Roald Dahl’s books. Love it!
Mustache by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell – My kids love funny books, and this one about a king who likes himself a lot more than his subjects tickles us! The king throwing every citizen in a homemade jail is a highlight of this colorful tale.
Sparky! by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans – In this sparse book, Offill tells the story of a girl whose mother says she can have a pet – as long as “it doesn’t need to be walked or bathed or fed.” So she gets a sloth. Sure, he doesn’t DO much. But he’s a quirky and amusing pet, and it makes a great story. It’s a book I’ve recommended for a fun literary baby shower gift, even – one the parents won’t already have!
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony – If you haven’t read this 2014 picture book yet, you are missing out. Mr. Panda goes around offering other black-and-white animals donuts. They have various responses, most causing him to change his mind about the donuts. It’s stark. The moral might be “say please,” but the rest of it is so shocking and hilarious to kids that it doesn’t come across preachy at all. GO FIND A COPY. My kids read this about 23 times when we got it from the library. (Good simple, repetitive language for new readers, too.)
Did you have a favorite library check-out recently?