Bebe Goes Shopping

Bebe Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno.
This is a wonderful bilingual picture book where the Spanish portion of the text is used almost effortlessly.  Somehow the author has also managed to make it trip off even the most hopeless tongue.  It is the story of Bebe who goes to the market with his Mama.  It is a normal trip to the store where the little one grabs things off the shelves and is finally settled down with some animal crackers.  The illustrations are a retro/modern style that suit the story perfectly.  They add pizzazz and color to the book.  There is a glossary at the end with a pronunciation guide and English translations of the Spanish.  This is great fun and can be shared at any storytime about food, shopping, or animals.  This is definitely one to be read aloud with gusto.

Kate Greenaway Shortlist

The Kate Greenaway Shortlist has been announced:
Tony DiTerlizzi for Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World around You.
Emily Gravett for Wolves.
Mini Grey for Traction Man Is Here.
Oliver Jeffers for Lost and Found.
Dave McKean for Mirrormask.
Jane Ray for Jinnie Ghost.
David Roberts for Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn.
Rob Scotton for Russell the Sheep.
I am so happy to see Traction Man as part of the shortlist! It is simply one of my favorite books from last year. I also enjoyed Russell the Sheep and Lost and Found.