Saturday, July 27, 2013

Summer Reading 2013 I Hate Picture Books!, The Snatchabook, and Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween

I read several picture books this weekend:

I Hate Picture Books! by Timothy Young tells the story of a boy packing up all his picture books to get rid of them. He tells the readers how much trouble each book has caused him. What a great idea! I love his explanations. And as he gives each one, you can see him in the illustration of the book he is talking about. When he's sent to his room, suddenly he's in Max's room from Where the Wild Things Are, etc. I was impressed by the illustrator's ability to recreate the style from each of the different books mentioned. Readers will love identifying each book from the pictures.

This is a great book for kids of all ages to read, or for an older reader to read aloud to a child or a group. Parents or teachers might even convince children to draw the picture books that they "hate".

The book was just released in March 2013, so you may not have heard of it yet. You can check out some information about the author and other books he has done at the book's website, or watch the trailer.

In The Snatchabook, by Helen Docherty, there is a very important mystery to solve. Where are all the books disappearing to? And once it is solved, how do you prevent it from happening again? It is a fun picture book with a satisfying ending. Readers of all ages will enjoy the rhyming story and whimsical illustrations. This is a book I will make sure to purchase for my school library.

The author's website features a Snatchabook illustration. There is a website for the illustrator, too.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book will be in stores October 1, 2013. *Update: We added a copy to the library from our spring book fair 2/12/2014.

In Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween, Scaredy does it again! Each of his books is perfect to prepare for a new experience or to overcome anxiety about an upcoming event. This time he is making sure Halloween will be fun and not frightening. His tips on choosing a costume, making refreshments, and what size of treat bag to use are both funny and helpful. As usual, the book is full of lists, charts, maps, and captions.

This is the perfect book to read with someone who is a bit nervous about going trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween party. They will have a better idea of what to expect and lots of safety tips for the evening. And you can find out more about his other adventures at his website.

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween


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