Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Feature Coming Soon!

I'm really excited to announce the arrival of a new feature on this blog. As I was shelving books the other day I realized we don't always look at our award winners with the exception of putting them on a shelf or when a kid has a reading list. So starting soon, there will be a Caldecott Corner. I will go through different Caldecott winners and honor books and review them. I'm excited about it and I hope you will be excited about it also.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Amelia Bedelia's First Vote by Herman Parish

Amelia Bedelia's First Vote by Herman Parish is adorable! I love that Herman Parish was able to take his aunt, Peggy Parish's, grown up Amelia Bedelia (that I grew up loving) and recreate her for a whole new generation to love.

In this book, Amelia Bedelia's class learns about the voting process. The story starts out with Amelia being sent to the office with the daily attendance and her literally running into her Principal Mr. K. From that moment on the book spins in its typical Amelia Bedelia fashion of taking things too literally. When some says "hug the corner" meaning do a tight turn, Amelia actually hugs the corner of the building. Moments like that continue through the whole book and give a glimpse of what Amelia will be like as a grown up.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

Morris Lessmore lived a life surrounded by color and books. Then a terrible upset occurs, his books are destroyed and the color in his life disappears. For a few pages, Morris' life is black and white until he is led (by a character who looks like Humpty Dumpty) to the library where he lives out his life taking care of the books and getting lost in their pages.


With illustrations that are typical of William Joyce you're brought into a tale that is reminiscent of both The Wizard of Oz and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The story was well done and I like how Joyce depicted someone getting lost in the story. One really good point about the book is while Morris was content to get lost in someone else's story, he was determined to write his own.