Red Sky at Night by Elly MacKay

Red Sky at NightRed Sky at Night by Elly MacKay; illustrated by Elly MacKay. 2018. Cutout paper drawings placed in dioramas and photographed. Published by Tundra.

Brief summary: This beautifully illustrated story is of a grandfather and his two young grandchildren looking outside to the sky to see if they can determine the weather for tomorrow’s fishing adventure. Weather-related sayings and idioms are shared as they enjoy the fishing trip, night of camping, and the next day.

Comments:  I  recognized some of the weather predicting sayings that I was taught as a child. These three-dimensional illustrations are gorgeous! The story is told with the illustrations. This  definitely would be a Caldecott contender if Elly MacKay lived in the USA instead of Canada. Looking forward to more beautiful illustrations from this author/illustrator.

I would house this book in weather 551 or picture books.

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A Busy Creature’s Day Eating! by Mo Willems

A Busy Creature's Day of EatingA Busy Creature’s Day Eating! by Mo Willems; illustrated by Mo Willems. 2018. Published by Hyperion Books for Children

Brief summary: A purple monster with a pink and blue striped outfit alphabetically eats through things in the house beginning with Apples and then ending up feeling sick at Q for Queasy. The father comes in and gives the monster child foods that are to help the stomach-ache until “V” happens in which the monster is put to bed.

Comments: The creature could be any child that overeats everything in the house until a big stomach-ache occurs. It is nice to see an ABC concept book with a story. End pages have a large upper cased blocked ABCs. The back flap has a cartoon of Mo Willems with his brief bio sketch.

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DUDE! by Aaron Reynolds

DUDE!

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Dan Santat. 2018. Published by Roaring Book Press.

Brief Summary: A beaver and platypus are surfing the waves when a shark approaches wanting to join them. Friend or foe? Will the mammals get to know the marine animal and become great surfing buddies?

Comments: The expressions on their faces are priceless and will bring many laughs to young readers. The only word is “dude” which is used many times with several different meanings conveyed by changing the fonts, all caps and small caps letters, and various punctuation after the word.

Teachers, librarians, and those reading to children— You will need to practice ahead of time  to make sure you get the right voice tones, accents, and meanings across by saying “dude” in many ways you never considered saying before  reading this book. A silly and fun read aloud.

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The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms by Gene Barretta

The Bat Can Bat

The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms by Gene Barretta; illustrated by Gene Barretta. 2018. Published by Henry Holt and Company.

Brief summary: The animals enjoy playing sports and now the president has announced a law stating that animals have the right to play sports. The sport events are often with humorous human and animal combinations along with wordplay that makes the reader stop and think about what the homonym meaning is meant.

Comments: Fun story to teach young readers about words that are spelled and sounded the same but have two different meanings. Narrative nonfiction if shelved in the figurative language section. Could be shelved in the everybody section as well.

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I Got It! by David Wiesner

I Got It

I Got It! by David Wiesner; illustrated by David Wiesner. 2018. Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. Published by Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Brief summary: This wordless story is about a boy playing baseball and needs to catch the ball in the outfield. Many worries go through his mind leaving the reader wondering if he is going to catch it or not.

Comments: I teach stories without words by having everyone silent while I turn the pages. The story unfolds in their heads. Afterwards, we go through the book and take turns telling what the pictures are telling us.

This story can be taught how we sometimes worry so much about something but do not need to at the end. We either catch the ball or not. If not, we learn what to do next time in order to catch it.

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Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate

Sometimes You Fly

Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. 2018. Ink and watercolor. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Brief summary: The reader will learn that before one succeeds, there are sometimes mistakes beforehand.

Comments: The right side of the book tells the failure. When the reader turns the page, the failure becomes a success. Done with rhyming texts, we are reminded that although we may fail at times, to not be disheartened, as it is also how we learn to succeed. We learn how to fly.

The many milestones of growing and learning is a theme all readers can relate to as they read this beautifully illustrated book.  Sprinkled with a touch of humor here and there helps make the reader laugh while remembering and relating to the same failures.

An inspirational story to read at the beginning of the school year to students explaining that they will have setbacks and that is a normal part of life. I could see this being given to graduates also to let them know that they will fail at times as they go out into the world but to stop and learn from those failures.  It’s okay to fail as long as we acknowledge that mistakes teach us what not to do next time. If we do that, we can truly fly!

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Love by Matt de la Pena

Love

Love by Matt de la Pena; illustrated by Loren Long. 2018. Collaged monotype prints, acrylic paint and pencil. Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Brief summary: The book begins with two parents looking straight at the reader but are actually peering into a crib. They are the beginning of love. You, for a moment, are the baby seeing his/her parents for the first time.  Readers journey through the book relating and recalling the various types of loves we have(or will if the reader is a child) in life through the quiet poem and illustrations.

Comments: (My resource for reviewing picture books are from my public library, so it took a while for my name to come up in the long reserve list for this book that released in January). The illustrations are diverse and multicultural with scenes from various families’ lives and times when love is displayed and shared. The concepts may be a bit mature for very young children. Older elementary students will understand and relate to those times they experienced love.

I feel this is one of those picture books adults will enjoy too, as they can relate and experience all of those situations when love was experienced–in good times and bad. I believe this will be a good “going-off-to-college” or graduation gift as the ending talks about leaving the family but having love on the new journey.

I am including this book trailer where both author and illustrator beautifully share their ideas for this book.

Warbler Wave by April Pulley Sayre

Warbler Wave

Warbler Wave by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre. 2018. Photography. Published by Beach Lane Books.

Brief summary: Warblers migrate back up north in the spring stopping along the way to eat and continue the journey each night. Readers will learn what type of food they eat, other animals in their habitat, characteristics of various types of warblers, and other facts about these precious migratory birds.

Comments: This husband and wife team created another beautiful nature book. April Pulley Sayre books are the examples I use when teaching about the various mediums used to illustrate picture books.  I can just imagine how quiet and still one would have to be to get these top-notch photos that spread across each oversized page. Lyrical prose.

There is a complete write-up in the back of the book about these birds and their amazing migration. I had no idea that there are fifty different species of these songbirds. The author and her husband set aside the first two weeks of May to enjoy the warbler migration. Live near Toledo, Ohio? Don’t miss The Biggest Week in American Birding, a festival celebrating the warblers’ migration.

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Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach

Truck Full of Ducks

Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach, illustrated by Ross Burach. 2018. Published by Scholastic Press.

Brief summary: The story begins right away on the end pages with ducks sitting, eating, and reading in an office when Bernie receives a phone call for a truck full of ducks. Everyone piles into a truck and is on their way when one of the ducks eats the directions. Bernie drives around town asking people if they called for a truck full of ducks. We hilariously learn about other trucks that are called and finally get to the right address as it starts to get dark.

Comments: Ross Burach’s humor in his books have my students laughing and joking even when I’m finished reading. His light and fast-moving duck story is no different. The story is told using dialogue. “Did you call for a truck full of ducks?”  The two-page spreads are full of silliness with the cartoon illustrations, signs, and speech bubbles.  I can’t wait to share this book next week with my kindergarteners and then share the book trailer below which is narrated by Ross Burach.

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

Winter Dance

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer; illustrated by Richard Jones. 2017.Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Brief summary: A beautiful fox sees that winter is coming and asks the forest animals what to do. He learns that the woolly caterpillar will wrap itself in a chrysalis. The turtle tells him to bury himself in the mud. The fox continues asking the forest animals and realizes that he cannot do what they do. He comes across another fox as the snow begins to fall and learns what foxes do.

Comments: This is a beautiful, softly illustrated story that explains how the forest prepares for winter. This is a great addition for those season book collections teachers request.