It occured to me that this "Off the Cart" thing is a great way to talk about some of my favorite picture books, books that might not merit an entire post by themselves but are totally made of awesome nonetheless. I love flipping through the new books, and I especially like processing the new picture books because I don't read them much. I don't have any kids and my littlest relatives live in another town, so I don't have an audience. And story time at the Lib frankly terrifies me. I am assured of never having to do a puppet show because I keep proposing an adaptation of Titus Andronicus, although I did offer to adapt "The Fox" for our most recent show. A little less bloody.
Anyway, here are just a few of the coolest recent picture books.
A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black
|All pics from Goodreads unless otherwise noted|
Oh, you might think a pig parade would be cute and cuddly, but comedian Black tells us otherwise. By the end you will agree that a pig parade is, indeed, a terrible idea.
Monsters Eat Whiny Children by Bruce Eric Kaplan
Well of course they do. Why do you think it's so bad to be a whiny brat?
I Didn't Do It! by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
I love this book of doggy poetry mostly because the dog on the cover looks just like my folks' dog Spike. I also recommend the companion book Once I Ate a Pie.
The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez
This wordless picture book begins with a familiar enough tale -- Fox steals Chicken and the other forest animals give chase. But the ending is a delightful twist that will make you smile and maybe say, "D'awwww." And on an educational note, wordless picture books are excellent for developing readers. Ask your developing reader to tell you the story she or he sees unfold -- the ability to recognize narrative structure and to create a narrative is a crucial reading skill.
Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug by Mark Newgarden
Another wordless picture book and another puppy picture book. Are you sensing a trend here?
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Lucy Bear finds the cutest little fella in the woods and she knows he's the pet for her. But, as the title says and as Lucy discovers, children make terrible pets.
And finally, The Starlight Princess and Other Stories by Annie Dalton
|pic from Amazon|
I hope you're inspired to take a peek at some of the wonderful picture books coming out these days.