Raise a Wild Banner!

Warner Brothers has released eight new character banners for the film Where the Wild Things Are.  I am in love.  You can check them out at /Film here and here.

My two favorite Wild Things are:


How about you?

Little Dump Truck

The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Bob Kolar

This is a bouncy, cozy book about one small dump truck and the work he does every day.  Told in the voice of the truck, readers will get to see the truck drive along roads, dump its load, and get filled once more to do it all again.  Along the way, readers get to meet other hardworking machines and vehicles.  All of the vehicles and people have happy smiles that match the jolly rhymes.

Cuyler has written a rhyming book that has a great rhythm and wonderful sense of play.  Young readers will find themselves right at home in the bouncy world of big trucks.  Kolar’s art filled with big grins brings the rhyme to life.  The bright colored illustrations were done on computer but have none of the over-textured feel of some computer-generated art.  Instead Kolar has managed to create a rather vintage feel that mimics the style of children’s toys.

A great addition to the large collection of truck-themed picture books, this book will work best with toddlers.  It is printed on thicker paper, so it will stand up to small hands that may not be so gentle.  Appropriate for ages 1-3.

Reviewed from copy received from publisher.

Also reviewed by Becky at Young Readers.

Can You Make a Scary Face?

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Got a room full of wiggly toddlers?  Have I got a book for you!

A ladybug gets children standing then sitting, then pretending to have a bug on their nose.  Then it flies in their mouth!  They have to blow it out.  Then it flies out onto their shirt, and the only way to get it off your shirt is to do the chicken dance!   The children then are told to pretend that there is a giant hungry frog coming to eat but off their shirts.  But what happens where there really is a giant hungry frog coming to eat the ladybug?!

First, kudos to Thomas for creating yet another book perfect for the toddler years.  She has created a ladybug that is silly, bright-colored and in no way glittery or dainty, much to her credit.  She uses her trademark thick black lines and cartoon style to great effect, resulting in a book that could be used with very large crowds because the illustrations project so well. 

The book inspires such movement and action and laughter!  A must-have for libraries, day cares and pre-K classrooms.  Appropriate for ages 1-3.

Reviewed from copy received from publisher.

Also reviewed by The Booknosher.