Wednesday, July 29, 2015

June Round-Up

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Anton Can Do Magic by Ole Konnecke
Gecko Press, 2011
Anton has a magic hat that can make things disappear! Anton can’t wait to show his friend Luke. But what will Anton do when he makes Luke disappear? Originally published in Germany, this story uses third person narration to let readers in on the joke about Anton’s hat and it’s magical abilities. The cartoonish illustrations use a limited palette to create simple, but hilariously effective scenes and character interactions. This is a wonderful book to share one-on-one or with a group of preschool or lower elementary school kids.

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Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Greenwillow Books, 2011
The perfect square was perfectly happy having four sides and four corners. But that all changes on Monday when it’s sliced into strips and poked full of holes. It’s not a perfect square anymore, but it is a very wonderful water fountain. Each day brings a new change for the square, it’s torn or snipped, shattered or crumpled, but no matter way the square always finds a way to make itself into something new. The super short text and large torn paper illustrations are well-suited for preschool storytime crowds. The kindergarteners I read with loved the final pages that show how all the square’s incarnations are connected.

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Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey
Simply Read Books, 2015
The moon thought that if he could have just one day as the sun that he would see so many wonderful things. The sun agreed to trade night for day, but only if the moon met two conditions. First, the swap would last forever, not just a day. Second, the moon would need to spend a night looking at the details of earth very carefully. The delicate mixed media illustrations utilize textures and patterns to create a soft, almost glowing, atmosphere. The fable-like text is concise, yet evocative and well-suited to reading aloud at bedtime.

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Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha, Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
HarperCollins, 1999
Mr. Gilly is a trashman and everyday he cleans up Trashy Town. At the school, the pizza parlor, the park, and even the fire station, he empties the trash cans into his truck, “Dump it in, smash it down, drive around the Trashy Town!” The repetitive text moves the story along at a nice clip and is easy to read on the page. Yaccarino’s cartoonish illustrations feature bold shapes and bright shapes, making this a great fit for a toddler storytime.