Boo and Baa Have Company

Boo and Baa Have Company by Lena and Olof Landstrom. 

If you have not read the earlier Boo and Baa books, run out and get them.  Boo and Baa are two quirky little sheep who have small adventures that are filled with humorous moments.  In this story, Boo and Baa are raking the leaves in the lawn when they hear a meowing noise.  It takes them awhile to locate a cat caught in the tree above them, although children will immediately know what is going on.  Then comes the rescue of the cat, leading to lots of laughter-inducing action.  It is a lot of fun. 

Landstrom’s use of spare language underpins all of the humor and the simple illustrations carry the story with one or two lines adding tension to the pictures.  The illustrations may be simple but they are masterfully so.  Boo and Baa will appeal to preschoolers, but even older children will enjoy the humor here. 

Gruesome Guide to Lemony

National Public Radio has a wonderful A Gruesome Guide to Lemony which celebrates the release of The End, the 13th volume in the Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events. Listen to an interview with Daniel Handler, take a quiz, and it would not be complete without an interview with Lemony himself.