Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas.

One of my favorite choices for story time reading has always been Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!  where a man desperately tries to keep rabbits out of his garden.  Fast forward to the fall and the same person is now trying to keep the tricky rabbits out of his warm, snug house.  

The book features the same child-friendly illustrations, the same child-friendly language and noises, and the same wonderful pacing of the first.  If you haven’t read Muncha, make sure you share that one first as a  gardening, bunny or harvest book.  This new one will work for winter stories or even spring, as well as bunnies. 

Perfect to share with a group or with one child, expect lots of giggles and encourage children to help with making the Tippy-tippy-tippy, Hide noises.

My Friend Is Sad

My Friend Is Sad by Mo Willems.

I have only managed to get my hands on this one volume of the new Elephant and Piggie books.  Sigh…  One must try to carry one despite the disappointment…

This book is a marvelous example of the talent of Willems in taking a very simple scenario and turning it into a laugh-out-loud chapter book for beginning readers.  With the simple lines of his Pigeon books, perennial favorites in our house, he captures the angst and sorrow of Elephant and the manic attempts of Piggie to cheer him up.  Who knew that an elephant could be SOOOO very sad?

Recommend this to beginning readers who have listened to the Pigeon books as preschoolers.  They will adore having their own Willems book to try out.  Now just to try to wait patiently for one of the local libraries to get the second of the books…