Saturday, December 5, 2009

An Old Book

I came across an older book today (publication date 1963) that just "hit the spot", as it were. "The Quarreling Book", by Charlotte Zolotow with illustrations by Arnold Lobel, begins with Mr. James neglecting to kiss Mrs. James goodbye on his way to work. What follows will be familiar to any of us who have had a bad day and then had it turn itself around. Charlotte Zolotow is a master of emotionally powerful, yet age appropriate, picture books while Arnold Lobel's adorable illustrations will be familiar to all the "Toad and Frog" fans out there. Newer books along this line include the deceptively simple "A Good Day" by Kevin Henkes, and "Grumpy Bird" by Jeremy Tankard.

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