I get the chance to hang out with some pretty awesome kids at the library, but two of y favorites are Vin & Leo, brothers who come at least once a week to the library for storytime, play time, or to check out some new books. So, on behalf of a request for new books for them to read (they love funny books), I am devoting this (unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday to these guys… enjoy! (And apparently there are a lot of funny chicken books out there… who would have though!)
- Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
- Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight
- Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
- Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
- Guess Again by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
- This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
- More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Troy Cummings
- Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
- Froodle by Antoinette Portis
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book
- Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems (October 25)
- Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John (August 23)
- We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (October 11)
- The Magic Word by Mac Barnett (October 4)
- The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage (July 5)
- The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora (July 19)
- Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols (October 18)
- Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk (August 30)
- Max at Night by Ed Vere (September 3)
- Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins (October 18)
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
I just finished a small book discussion with six 3rd & 4th graders about Judith Viorst’s book, Lulu and the Brontosaurus. The kids overall found the book very good and enjoyed the comedic approach to Lulu’s tendency for tantrums.
I structure my third and fourth grade book discussions a little differently than I would for my older kids because I have found that this age group, although great about reading the book and answering questions, has a much more difficult time with the discussing part. They can each individually answer my questions, but often have trouble piggybacking off each other’s ideas to create a real discussion. That being said, the kids really like talking about the book itself!
After we discuss the book for 20-25 minutes, I provide an activity for the kids to do that can be integrated into the story. Tonight we made baby dinosaurs that hatched out of eggs. It’s a simple craft, but the kids can get creative coloring their dinosaur babies and the eggs too. I also found a link to a maze from the same website. I was excited to see that the kids took a great deal of time working on their baby dinos and were reluctant to leave until they finished. I normally only schedule these book discussions for about 45 minutes, which gives us just enough time to discuss and work on our activity.
I also gave the kids a few minutes to look at other books that I thought they might like after having read Lulu and I was pleased to see that 5 kids took books home with them!
Suggested Reading List:
- Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst
- Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
- Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
- The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
- The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
- Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
- Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
- Frankie Pickle by Eric Wight
- Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
- Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Over the weekend I was traveling and grabbed Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger as an audiobook to listen to in the car. It was a great choice (especially around Halloween)! It’s definitely the perfect book to give to kids looking for something a little scary, but funny too! And it’s definitely got the “boy” humor I’m constantly looking for. What was great about the audiobook were the zombie sound effects that the narrator provided and the story is very funny! I think it’s even more so with the narrator because you can listen to the names of the characters like, the teacher – Mr. Baldengrumpy and the town widow, Mrs. Imavitch. I think kids might get the humor even more if they can hear it rather than reading it. What you do miss when listening to the story is the illustrations by Aaron Blecha… similar in style to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and they fit perfectly with the story.
The story is about a fourth grade boy named Stanley Nudelman who buys a cuddly and very creepy-looking stuffed animal at the old Widow’s yard sale. Before he knows it, Stanley’s new stuffed animal has taken over the school and has turned half the kids into zombies. Can Stanley and his best friend, Miranda save their friends before it’s too late? A perfect book for the Halloween season! Check out the Zombiekins website… if you dare!
Author: Kevin Bolger
Illustrator: Aaron Blecha
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2010
Narrator: Johnny Heller
Time: 2 hrs., 15 mins.
Children’s authors and illustrators, if possible, are becoming more and more creative with new and innovative ideas to create truly interactive books for children. Warning: Do Not Open This Book! is no different – with a seemingly innocent monkey peeking around the corner, children will not be able to help themselves from opening the book and turning the pages, even as the author (and illustrator) plead with them to stop!
I think my favorite part of the story is when the monkeys come across the page with paint and paint brushes creating their own environment where, of course, they’ll thrive! When the monkeys are joined by toucans and later by an alligator, it is up to the reader to help to create a trap to keep all the animals exactly where they belong, in the book!
This is a picture book that kids will be sure to giggle through, all the while ignoring the advice of the author and illustrator! Please take time to enjoy this book – it’s well worth it!
For more about the author, Adam Lehrhaupt, check out his website where you’ll find plenty of information and a great book trailer for this book! For more artistic expression from illustrator Matthew Forsythe, see his website as well!
Title: Warning: Do Not Open This Book!
Author: Adam Lehrhaupt
Illustrator: Matthew Forsythe
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2013