Tuesday, October 11, 2016

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: Groovy Joe/Little Elliot, Big Fun


ABOUT THE BOOK

Groovy Joe was living the dream.
He had a spoon and tub of doggy ice cream.
And he started to sing:
Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream!

Eric Litwin, author of the bestselling and beloved Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created a captivating new canine character who will groove his way into readers' hearts and have them grooving and giggling all the while. In his debut adventure, Groovy Joe faces three roaring dinosaurs hungry for his doggy ice cream! Oh no! But Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he has them all sharing while moving and singing along.

Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations come together to create an unforgettable new character who embodies positivity, creativity, and kindness. Groovy Joe is here, ready to get groovy! Download your FREE Groovy Joe songs, written and performed by Eric Litwin, at groovyjoestories.scholastic.com.

REVIEW

Groovy Joe is an adorable new picture book character who likes to sing and is happy with his guitar and hid doggy ice cream.  The addition of dinosaurs guarantees that this book will be popular with the preschool crowd, especially since there is a Groovy Dance song to go with the book as well.  This would be a fun book to use in a story time.  The children could join in on the chants and even dance along with the song to get some of the wiggles out.  The underlying theme of sharing and finding common ground over a bowl of ice cream doesn't hurt the story either.    Hopefully there will be more Groovy Joe in the future.


ABOUT THE BOOK

In this third story of Little Elliot and Mouse, the friends head off in search of adventure . . . and lots of fun!

Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, and his friend Mouse go to the amusement park to see the sights and ride the rides—water chutes, roller coasters, carousels, and more. But Elliot isn't having much fun—the rides are too wet, too fast, too dizzy, and just plain too scary—until Mouse figures out a way to help him overcome his fears. Together, Mouse and Little Elliot can do anything!


REVIEW

I'm delighted to see another book about Little Elliot and his friend Mouse.  I've adored this series since the first book came out.  It's impossible not to cheer for Little Elliot.  In this book, Little Elliot goes with his friend Mouse to an amusement park.  But Little Elliot doesn't like the fast rides as he doesn't want to get dizzy, the roller coaster is out because it's too fast, and he wants to avoid the water.  When he gets frightened by a clown and runs off, Mouse tracks him down and they enjoy a treat and the beach for a while. Finally, Mouse takes Little Elliot to the Ferris wheel where he encourages Little Elliot to enjoy the view.  The four page spread is gorgeous as the two friends enjoy an amazing sunset.  I love the friendship between the two main characters and the gentle exploration of fear and finding enjoyment despite them.  The illustrations are as gorgeous as the previous two books.

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