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