Yay! It's Perfect Picture Book Friday!
I have a FANTASTIC book to share with you today, and I know I usually try to put the book at the very top of the post for people who visit later just to see the book, but today I have to squeeze one little housekeeping detail in first. (And a mention to please read to the end for the announcement of who won Erik's book from Monday!)
As you know I intended (ahem) to catch up on the updating of the PPBF list over the summer. Well, that was a ridiculous fantasy. I can never seem to remember that I have LESS time in the summer, not MORE. Needless to say, I haven't done it yet. But, I am doing it now! Yes I am! And I have a new plan. Which I hope is going to work and make it much more user-friendly for everyone! (It's only a little bit hare-brained :))
But I need to ask you guys one little favor.
1. Can you please be sure to put the intended age range on your post.
2. Can you please say if it's fiction or nonfiction. I usually assume fiction if it doesn't say, but sometimes it's just not clear.
3. Can you please just list the 3 or so most prevalent themes. It's a time-consuming job to update the list, and adding a book to 1- 4 theme groups is manageable, but 12 makes me want to crawl in a hole :) And if I haven't read the book it makes it very hard for me to know which 3 or 4 I should pick.
I promise to reveal the whole scheme when it's a little closer to completion, but I'm still in the early stages of working on it and have a LONG way to go, so bear with me :)
Oh, and one other thing. Penny very kindly let me know this week that the old Perfect Picture Book link was no longer working. Aarrgghh! Somewhere along the line the URL for Perfect Picture Books changed. I have no idea how. But Beth was able to ascertain that it happened last January. I, of course, was oblivious. So, could you all please check that the link back to PPBF that you're adding is the correct one from here on out? It should be: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/p/perfect-picture-books.html
Alrighty! Now onto this book which you are going to LOVE! :)
Written By: Drew Daywalt
Illustrated By: Oliver Jeffers
Philomel Books, June 2013, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-7
Themes/Topics: colors, emotions, getting along, humor
Opening: "One day in class, Duncan went to take out his crayons and found a stack of letters with his name on them.
It's me, RED crayon. We need to talk..."
Brief Synopsis: One day when Duncan wants to color, he opens his crayon box to discover that the crayons have quit. RED needs a rest. PURPLE wants Duncan to be neater. BEIGE is tired of feeling less important than BROWN. What's a boy to do? Luckily Duncan comes up with the perfect solution!
|The green page from The Day The Crayons Quit|
copyright 2013 Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
Why I Like This Book: This book is imaginative and clever and fun! The letters are laugh-out-loud funny. The drawings are perfectly and believably child-like (and all done in crayon!) It's a perfect marriage of text and pictures which is what picture books are all about :) And because the crayons all behave like kids, there are plenty of feelings and behavior that kids can understand - jealousy, competition, feeling unappreciated, etc. - all things that everyone struggles with from time to time.
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Now, before you all go off to read each other's PPBF selections and then onto your weekends, I'd like to announce that the winner of Erik's book from Monday's giveaway (as randomly chosen by random.org) is...
Yay for lucky Robyn!!! (Who, very fittingly, claimed that the vegetable she was most like was chocolate. My heart over-floweth! Someone besides me is finally counting chocolate as a vegetable! After all, it does come from a BEAN! :)) Congratulations, Robyn! Please email me so we can work out how to get your signed copy of The Adventures Of Tomato And Pea, Book 1: A Bad Idea to you!!!
Have a great weekend, everyone! And PPBF bloggers, make sure to add your links below!