Whose Chick Are You?

Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri.

I am a fan of Tafuri who manages to create picture books for the smallest children without being saccharine or condescending.  This book is about a gray chick that doesn’t seem to belong to anyone.  But the chick’s parents know and come immediately to find him once he calls. 

The text is large and simple, filled with animal noises that toddlers and preschoolers will love to help make.  The illustrations are large, bright, and child-friendly. 

Perfect for a read aloud for spring, ducks, birds, and many more.  Share this with a group of toddlers or with a beginning preschool class.  Tafuri scores another “croo” with this one.

Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds

The Adventures of Max and Pinky:  Best Buds by Maxwell Eaton III.

Looking for a book that is pure silly fun?  Well, this is it.  Max is best friends with Pinky the pig.  They both love marshmallows but not sharing them.  They love doing things together, but sometimes do things separately.  And on Saturdays they have an adventure together.  When Max can’t find Pinky on Saturday, he searches for him everywhere until a polar bear reminds him where Pinky is sure to be. 

This is a silly, silly book.  There are running gags about marshmallows, great asides from animals in the background, and wonderfully funny scenarios like Pinky being abducted by evil bunny rabbits. 

This is a lap book because of the silliness and the asides, as well as the fact that children will want to hear it again and again.  The text is very brief but the humor makes it most appropriate for kindergarteners and older who will appreciate it most.