I have enjoyed all the Bad Kitty books, but I think this one is my favorite. Maybe because Bad Kitty for the first time, thinks of someone besides her...moreI have enjoyed all the Bad Kitty books, but I think this one is my favorite. Maybe because Bad Kitty for the first time, thinks of someone besides herself (a temporary fluke I'm sure). Once again, the way Bruel uses the alphabet three times in one book is amazing, but it does slow the book down a bit. I read this to several groups of kindergartners and I think it was a bit overlong. But first and second graders should enjoy it nicely. The Bad Kitty books, both picture books and chapter books (graphic novels?) fly off my library shelves. This would also be a creative way to encourage older students to make alphabet books themselves. A fun addition to the Bad Kitty series, bound to be enjoyed by any cat fan.
Just a note, there is one spot where the old lady is talking about her family and mentions a family with two mothers. I wasn't thrilled to see this because of my own beliefs but at the same time many children are bound to have contact with family situations different than their own and this creates an opportunity for discussion if you so choose, but when I read the book to my students, I don't think the students even noticed it. If they had noticed it I would have simply pointed out that not everyone has the same beliefs or family situation.(less)
I loved this book. Part of that is because I love books and being a librarian and can relate the Morris. But the story is also wonderful with beautifu...moreI loved this book. Part of that is because I love books and being a librarian and can relate the Morris. But the story is also wonderful with beautiful illustrations. I find that this is the sort of story that you can read over and over and end up smiling every time. I love thinking of the library as a place where books 'nest.' I also enjoyed seeing Morris as a book doctor helping to repair injured and damaged books. From experience I can say that this is not always an easy thing to do. While I hate to see books damaged, if it means they are being well-loved, it's worth the price. I can also easily relate to Morris becoming lost in a book, I don't do that as much any more, I don't have the focus I used to have, but it still happens and it always reminds me of what I love so much about reading. I highly, highly recommend this book for all book lovers of any age!(less)
I am eager to try this book out with the target audience. I enjoyed it and I think children will too. This is a different sort of look at kisses and I...moreI am eager to try this book out with the target audience. I enjoyed it and I think children will too. This is a different sort of look at kisses and I have to admit the end surprised me, it was not at all what I was expecting, but it definitely made me laugh. The antics of the young dinosaur reminded me greatly of a young child with her enthusiasm and determination. The baby t-rex starts off stomping and chomping, but then she sees a kiss and decides that is what she wants to do, but her efforts fail in funny ways, until she finds the right creature to kiss, although not in the way I expected. I love this kind of book because they are so fun to share. The reader thinks he/she knows where the story is going only to be delightfully surprised. Highly recommended. (less)
This is a wonderful book, full of poetic language and gorgeous illustrations. In fact, the book flows rather like its subject, water. I love the way t...moreThis is a wonderful book, full of poetic language and gorgeous illustrations. In fact, the book flows rather like its subject, water. I love the way the water cycle is introduced, "Water doesn't come. It goes. Around." The wording is deceptively simple, but the design of the book makes the words come alive as the words seem to move like the illustrations. The illustrations match the flowing nature of water. The use of color highlights the importance of water and the fact that water is not evenly distributed through our world. Some places get too much water and others not enough. I highly recommend this book, not just as a book about water, but as a work of art.(less)
I really enjoy reading anything by Lisa Wheeler. She just manages to capture childlike humor so perfectly. Her books also have a good deal of expressi...moreI really enjoy reading anything by Lisa Wheeler. She just manages to capture childlike humor so perfectly. Her books also have a good deal of expression and rhythm which makes them fun to read out loud. I especially like this book, maybe because like Cushion, I'm a bit of a klutz. Cushion tries to find someone to teach him to dance so he can dance with his good friend, Barb, but no matter how hard he tries he keeps injuring his dance instructors. In the end though Cushion finds the perfect teacher and learns to dance.
I read this book with a group of kindergartners who enjoyed the book. When we got to the part with the Hokey Pokey, the students eagerly joined in on the few lines from the song. If I had had more time, I would have put on the music and actually danced (I don't think the kindergarten teachers would have appreciated my getting the students all hyped up however). A fun book for sharing, one of my all time favorites.(less)
The minute I realized this book was illustrated by Demi, I knew it would be beautiful. And it is, very much so. I loved looking at the beautiful drawi...moreThe minute I realized this book was illustrated by Demi, I knew it would be beautiful. And it is, very much so. I loved looking at the beautiful drawings/paintings, the rich colors with the intricate borders are typical Demi. What amazed me about this was the detail. On the borders of drawing Demi shows the movements of a particular kind of bird. The time and effort this must have taken in learning how birds move and fly. Her illustrations are always so delicate looking, yet stunning, I almost wished the birds would hop from the page onto my hand so I could get a better look at them.
I loved the story as well. As the synopsis describes there are many themes shared in the story, like many folktales, and this one has a strong Christian feel to it, although God is referred to mostly as the King. I liked the fact that the birds had a leader, someone to follow. This reminded me that all of us need role models, young and old alike. I also appreciated the theme of sacrifice and how some of the birds had to sacrifice something in order to make the journey, whether it was a possession, an attitude, a bad habit, they had to go in order for the birds to make it to their destination safely. A beautiful story, beautifully told about the journey of life, especially appropriate for Christians, parents or children.(less)
I love this book. Not only does this book have clever riddles, but also cute illustrations. I enjoy sharing these with my students and having them try...moreI love this book. Not only does this book have clever riddles, but also cute illustrations. I enjoy sharing these with my students and having them try to guess what book is being described. For the older students I wait to show the pictures until they've had a few guesses because the illustrations really give some great clues. Several of the books highlighted have been made into movies so the younger students have a good chance at guessing most of the titles. Some of the books included are: The Wizard of Oz, Madeline, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Where's Waldo, Goodnight Moon, and Pinnochio. Interestingly, the one that students consistently don't know is The Story of Ferdinand. I remember loving that story when I was younger, but I guess fewer kids are exposed to it these days. Anyway, this book provides lots of book-related fun. My only complaint? I wish there were more riddles included. :) (less)