Thursday, May 5, 2016

Picture Book Review: Boom Snot Twitty: this way that way & Stanley the Mailman

If there is one thing I love, it’s picture books. Picture books are not just about the pictures or the story—they are about the memories we make when we read them to little ones. I will never forget one evening during our bedtime routine. I was trying to get my son to settle down and LISTEN to the story of the night, Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel. My son didn't“settle down” easily as a four year old, and finally he said in exasperation with his head hanging upside-down off the side of the bed, “Momma, I am listening!” He proceeded to recite the entire book from memory. The entire book. Mouse Soup. Four stories. Without looking at the pictures!

Yes, books hold special memories. I think these two little books may create some memories for you, as well.

Boom Snot Twitty: this way that way by Doreen Cronin (author of Click, Clack, Moo and many other favorites) is a cute story about friends who want to spend the day together. Boom the Bear wants jump and splash at the beach. Twitty the Bird wants hike and see in the mountains. Snot the Snail bring the snacks. While the other two friends argue over where to go, Snot lays a trail of blueberries to lure the bear and bird to the perfect spot, a place with water for splashing and trails for hiking. This story is an early way for children to learn that friends don’t always have to agree, and sometimes compromise just takes some creativity.

The soft pencil drawings are perfect for this book. Renata Liwska has a way of drawing the animals with expression and detail, without overdrawing them. This book will appeal to children and to adults.
Stanley the Mailman by William Bee (looks like "williambee" on the cover) is one of six books from the Stanley series. Stanley delivers packages to other adorable animals around town. He stays to see what each package contains. Myrtle the Mouse receives a tiny hat from Paris. Charlie gets love letters: “He’s quite a catch.” I can just hear a four year old preciously and precociously repeating that line! I am sure that this series of books will create reading memories for families. This would be appropriate for emerging readers, too, as the words are “short and tall,” as I like to tell my littles.  This means the words are short but the typeface is large (tall letters). It is also printed in an easy-to-read font. The pictures are simple, but creative (scooter-riding rodent, anyone?). I would love to see this series in a board book format for even younger children. This book is definitely going on my next library book order.

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