Ms. Eileen must have been very busy reading reviews, journals, and children lit blogs, because she has ordered a bumper crop of new picture books for the library (Like the harvest time reference?) The other day a big order came in and we were beside ourselves with giggles, and "check this out!", and "Oh, so pretty!", and so forth. Here are some of those that we can't wait to get into the hands of young readers and their families:
"Crankee Doodle", by Tom Angelberger:
Those familiar with Tom Angelberger's work on the "Origami Yoda" series will recognize the author's quick wit. This book is silly in the best way possible, with the perfect illustrations by Cece Bell. Crankee Doodle feels too bored and too grumpy to go into town which he feels is too noisy, people are ringing bells and eating pies, for goodness sakes. But his cheerful pony won't give up; "you could buy a hat!", he suggests. The book ends with a historical note on the familiar, nonsensical song.
"Tap the Magic Tree", by Christie Matheson:
You know a book is good when Ms. Eileen and I design an entire storytime around it! This interactive book takes the reader on a journey through the year of a tree with bright, simple, and cheerful illustrations. We think kids will love it and enjoy interacting with the story. It's like the classic "Pat the Bunny" for the next generation.
"Fall Ball" by Peter McCarty:
We are big fans of Peter McCarty's illustrations here at the library; his "Hondo and Fabian" is a storytime regular and "Henry is Love" was one of my favorites of 2012. "Fall Ball", is a story of playing outside on a fall afternoon that will resonate with children and their parents. While looking through it I was immediately taken back to my own childhood and those wonderful days when the air is cool, the sun is warm, and being with your friends in your own backyard is like heaven on earth.