They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. 2016. Colored pencil, oil pastels, acrylic paint, watercolor, charcoal, Magic Marker, #2 pencils, iBook.
Brief summary: A house cat walks through his world and is seen differently by each being. Sometimes the cat is a large monster; sometimes the cat is a small creature. It also can be different colors and shapes.
Comments: This book demonstrates different visual interpretations of the same object which can differ from one another depending upon one’s own attitude towards it or the fact that an eye can only see certain colors and shapes. I would use this in an art class for different visual perspectives and in a reading unit when discussing points of view. I recommend this as a Caldecott contender.
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom; illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. 2016. Digital illlustrations
Brief Summary: A little boy gets eaten by a yellow boa constrictor. The lad tricks the snake into eating more and more animals it finds under the eucalyptus tree until it burps and throws them all out of its tummy.
Comments: A cumulative tale. Nice rhythm and rhyming. I plan to compare it to the There Was an Old Lady series. Reading the word eucalyptus over and over is easier than saying it aloud. [yoo-kuh–lip-tuh s]. I will have the children practice it after I read the title, but before I get to that, I will need to show them what the plant looks like as it is not native to Ohio.