Monday, September 30, 2013

Rocking Links for Monday
September 30th, 2013

By Kris Kahrs

     Yep, once again my son has proved to me that Mom is always the last to know.  This week I offer up links to rocking kids books I never knew existed until I found them in my son's backpack, some bookie treats to enjoy while reading your favorite kidlit and my new favorite childrens book illustrator, Paul Stickland (be still my heart).  These books are wonderfully illustrated, cleverly written with fresh ideas and entertaining language.  Please check them out at your local library or favorite indy bookstore, then leave your comments below on your favs.

Actually, I bought Beautiful Oops! for me, although my son and I love to read this together.  I love the idea that mistakes can turn into beautiful opportunities.  Now we talk about our 'beautiful Oops!' and I think it's made us both more tolerant of when things don't turn out the way we originally planned.

I love, love, love cats and A Cat Named Egg?  Well, you had me at sunnyside up or over easy.  This book is funny, clever story in verse.  It has plenty of plays on words and your kid will love the connections it makes.  You will both have fun reading this.

L is for Lollygag is the book I've been waiting for.  The Chronicle Books staff call it 'Quirky Words for the Clever Tongue' and they are right!  This book is about words that are fun to say: flabbergast, skullduggery, zigzag and swashbuckler to name a few.  We bet you can't say them without laughing and your young reader will expand her vocabulary as well.

Almost everyday, my son poses hypothetical battle questions to me, "Who would win in hand to hand combat: Chima or Ninjago?  C3PO or R2D2? Stink Moody or Captain Underpants?  A garbage can or a fire hydrant?  Ahhhhhh!  (I actually made up that last one, but you get my meaning.)  We go through this exercise until I tell him mommy needs to have a lie-down.  Then these books came home in the backpack.  I get it!  This is a 'boy-thing'.  There's a series of 7 of the Who Would Win books; Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear etc.  Your little hypothesizer will love 'em.

Two other subjects high up on boys reading hit-lists: potty humor (which I understand from my husband is always funny, no matter how old you are) and non-fiction, so when Will Farts Destroy The Planet by Glenn Murphy, came home in my son's backpack, I knew he had found gold.  Even better, this book is actually about climate change, so it's an educational read.  Who knew?

I did mention my new favorite illustrator above, did I not?  His name is Paul Stickland and his art is amazing.  He is a prolific kids book illustrator and the paper art in his pop-up books is nothing short of extraordinary.  He also does a lot of classroom visits to promote his books and does papercraft with the students.  He says he finds their art inspiring for his own work.  He also shows step-by-step photos of how he builds his pop-up books.

Last, what are books without a few cookies?  Even better, how bout some bookies?  That is, cookies in the shape of your favorite books.  Here are mine.  Yes, you guessed it, cookies made for a Very Hungry Caterpillar.  You can buy them here on Etsy. Yumm-o!

Now it's time for me to curl up with a book and a cat.  Happy reading (and writing).


  1. Oh, I do wish I'd thought of L is for Lollygag. Somehow reminds me of a certain Pirate video, though pirates wouldn't dare lollygag. Loved the entire selection here. Made me think ahead to Christmas. Thanks! Judy E.

    1. Hi Judy--my son keeps bringing home more of these singular finds. I now have a list as long as my arm. I can't wait until we do another swashbuckler myself! Thanks for reading!

  2. Thanks, Kris.i want to borrow these from Tommy.

  3. Thanks, Kris, these are well worth a second look. I hesitate to say there are too many books and not enough time (being a children's book writer and all), but how can we keep up!

  4. Thanks for sharing this list. I'm sure my grandsons (7 and 4) would love "Will Farts Destroy the Planet."

  5. I know my son will and he will go and test the theory until I say STOP. Actually, this whole list is awesome, but L for lollygag is my favorite. Not only do my kids say it but I remember skullduggery, helterskelter and I saw flabbeghast at least once a day. NEAT. Need to go buy some more books. And then a house to house them in. Great post Kris. HildeD


We love hearing from you.