Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Two Giggle-inducing picture books!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love...and veggies!
 
The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can--and might--eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it's Wolfie who's threatened, can Dot save the day?


REVIEW

I expected this book to be funny, I mean it has a wolf in a bunny suit holding a carrot on the cover after all.  But the ending still surprised me.  The idea of a bunny family taking in a wolf pup is funny to begin with and then the author throws in Dot's fierce distrust of this new member of the family and it makes the ending all the more surprising.  Except those who have siblings may not be too surprised, after all our siblings might drive us crazy but they are still our siblings when all is said and done.  The illustrations match the tone of the story perfectly providing just the right serious versus humorous touch.  Definitely one of my new favorites that I am eager to share with any young reader in sight.  A sure fire winner as a read aloud either one-on-one or for a group.  This is a book that all libraries need to have.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Fans of Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.

REVIEW

Most people at one point in their lives wish they were different.  This picture book beautifully illustrates that issue and how easy it is to see the best parts of being someone else while missing the value in ourselves the way we are.  Frog wants to be anything but a frog, a cat, a rabbit, even an owl seems better to him than being a wet, slimy, bug-eating frog.  Frog's father patiently explains to Frog why he can't be any of those other animals.  It isn't until the wolf shows up however that Frog begins to see the advantages of being a frog.  I caught myself laughing out loud with this one and I think children will as well.  Especially with the wonderful illustrations that capture the feel of the story so perfectly.  The characters are so expressive in both word and illustration (I love the fact that the father frog has glasses and can be seen rolling his eyes at one point).  The first appearance of the wolf might scare really young children, but most will find him exciting.  This book makes for a great read a loud in almost any setting and would be great for talking to kids about what makes them special.  Highly recommended. 

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