Hum and Swish by Matt Myers; illustrated by Matt Myers

Hum and SwishHum and Swish by Matt Myers; illustrated by Matt Myers. 2019. Acrylic and oil paint. Published by Neal Porter Books.

Brief summary: Jamie explores the beach randomly picking up things to make something in the sand but is unsure what that will be yet. The young girl is asked by several people what she is making but repeatedly answers, ” I don’t know”. Jamie hums as she creates. A painter with an easel sets up near her. They both create and coincide with one another throughout the day.  They share their finished art projects with one another.

Comments: I like this quiet book of creating art. This would be a great book for an art teacher to share with the class before a lesson.

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T! by Elise Parsely

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON'T! by Elise Parsely

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T! by Elise Parsely; illustrated by Elise Parsely. 2016. Digitally drawn in Adobe Photoshop and then painted in Corel Painter using a Monoprice tablet.

Brief summary: Magnolia decides she wants to bring her upright piano to the beach but encounters one bad situation after another realizing  it was not a good idea after all.

Comments: Funny, exaggerated situations and illustrations. Students will laugh at the over-the-top idea of having a piano at the beach.