It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share some of the titles you’ve been enjoying, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.
Duddle Puck the Puddle Duck
Audience: PreS-Gr 1
Oh, talk about a tongue twister title! Karma Wilson is such a picture book treasure. Her texts always exude such warmth and gentleness, while still being lots of fun. Duddle Puck is a trailblazing duck who quacks to the beat of his own drum. This doesn’t sit well with the other residents of the farm, who take it upon themselves to teach Duddle Puck how to act like a proper duck.
To be fair, there’s nothing too groundbreaking about Duddle Puck – it’s got your typical “be yourself, don’t let others tell you what to do, believe in yourself” sort of moral. Still, the rhymes are bouncing, the animal noises are plenty of fun, and Marcellus Hall’s soft illustrations are absolutely delightful. This one is a bit long for my storytimes, but could work really well for slightly older groups.
The Cow Loves Cookies
Have I mentioned I love Karma Wilson? When I grow up I want to be Karma Wilson, pumping out winning picture book after winning picture book. This is another collaboration with Marcellus Hall, which features the same farmer and several of the animals as Duddle Puck! I love that these too books seem to take place in the same universe.
The cumulative, rhyming text follows a farmer as he feeds his many animals – the horse gets hay, the geese get corn, the pigs get slop, and the sneaky, cheeky cow loves cookies! The cow, it’s revealed, has a mutually-beneficial arrangement with the farmer – the farmer shares his cookies with the cow, and the cow shares her milk with the farmer, so he can dunk his cookies! It’s very sweet, and once again Marcellus Hall’s soft illustrations have such a classic, vintage gentleness to them. This is another text that just too long and too complicated for my current groups, but which could work very well with slightly older groups, or groups that have a bit more patience!
Slug Needs a Hug!
A little slug wonders why its mother never hugs it. Is it because it isn’t huggable? The little slug decides to make itself more huggable, and wanders around asking other creatures for their feedback. Of course, each animal suggests that the little slug change its appearance in a different, and at the end of its quest, the slug looks quite ridiculous. In an ending that will likely come as no surprise to anyone who has ever picked up a picture book before, mother slug reveals that she loves the little slug just the way it is – she doesn’t hug the little slug because she doesn’t have arms! So, the mother slug showers her little slug in kisses!
This is another longer rhyming picture book that I probably wouldn’t use in my story times, and some of the phrases don’t quite seem to flow as naturally as I would like. The “be yourself” message is a familiar one, and stories about characters changing their appearance to fit in (and looking ridiculous in the process) are a dime a dozen. Still, slugs rarely get cast in starring roles, and Tony Ross’ charming illustrations are sure to bring the laughs. Nothing groundbreaking, but still a lot of fun, and worth taking a look at.
So, how’s your week looking so far? Hopefully these sweet picture books will help you start the week off on a sweet note!