Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Little Crooked Bookshelf



HELLO, MY NAME IS OCTICORN
by Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe
additional illustrations buy Binny Talib


This week's pick is from Cottager Anika Denise.

What it's all about ...
Octi is an Octicorn: half octopus, half unicorn. Being the only Octicorn in the world — it's sometimes hard for Octi to fit in.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf …
Because it's deliciously silly. I can practically hear the creators giggling as I turn the pages. Somehow, this quirky little gem of a picture book escaped my notice, but when I spotted it on the shelves at our local independent bookstore, I knew I HAD to have it. Now my daughters and I can't stop reading it.
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Favorite lines... 


Favorite illustrations ...


Illustration from Hello, My Name is Octicorn; Balzar + Bray (An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Illustration from Hello, My Name is Octicorn; Balzar + Bray (An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Why kids will love it …
Kids will dig the oddball humor in both the text and illustrations.

Why grown-ups will love it …
The jokes hold up for adults, too. Bonus: it offers a nice message to reassure kids that it's okay to be different. (And to want good friends. And cupcakes. And a jet ski.)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Little Crooked Bookshelf


The Gumazing Gum Girl: GUM LUCK
by Rhode Montijo, with Luke Reynolds
Illustrated by Rhode Montijo


This week's pick is from Cottager Jamie Michalak.



What it's all about ...
When Gabby Gomez chews gum, something gumazing happens. She turns into a super-stretchy, super-sticky superhero--Gum Girl! A new villain in town is cooking up revenge. Will Gum Girl be able to save the day? And will Gabby keep her sugary identity from her dentist dad?

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf …
It's a snappy graphic novel with bold, flavor-packed illustrations. And the cover smells like bubble gum! 

Our favorite illustration ...



From The Gumazing Gum Girl: GUM LUCK by Rhode Montijo, with Luke  Reynolds. Illustration copyright  2017 by Rhode Montijo.

Why kids will love it …
They'll be cheering for this bubbly superhero and looking forward to her next adventure. And did we mention the cover smells like bubble gum???

Why grown-ups will love it …
GUM GIRL is a fun choice for reluctant and emerging readers, and it offers a little lesson about never giving up.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

bunny slopes

by Claudia Rueda 







This week's pick is from cottager Kara LaReau.


What it's all about
Want to join Bunny for a ski day? You'll just have to shake the book to make it snow, tilt the book to make him go downhill, and turn the book to keep him from falling. With a little help, skiing can be as easy as carrot cake!

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf…
Catia Rueda's winsome illustrations and interactive text make for a super-fun day on the slopes.

A sample illustration…




Why kids will love it…
Readers are part of the action, as they help Bunny navigate the twists and turns and hills and holes  on the trail!

Why grown-ups will love it…
This fun read-aloud ends on a sweet, warm note — just like a cup of Mama Bunny's hot cocoa.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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I HEART YOU
by Meg Fleming
illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright

This week's pick is from cottager Anika Denise!

What it's all about ...
A gentle meditation on the love between parent and child.


Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf …
The world feels mad and intense right now, and if we big people are feeling it, you can bet our little people feel it, too. This book is a quiet snuggle before bedtime; a way to connect, express love, and reassure. After listening to Fleming's spare, lyrical text — and taking in each lovely detail of Wright's delicate watercolor illustrations — my pajama-clad daughter deep sighed, and whispered: "Read it again, Mama." Need I say more?

My favorite line(s) ...
"I chase you.
I slow you.

I lift you.
I grow you."

also... 

"I sway you.
I swing you.

I snug you.
I sing you."

and best of all...

"I hear you.
I let you.

I know you.
I get you."


Most swoon-worthy illustrations ...
(They are all gorgeous. Here are two examples...)

(c) 2016 Sarah Jane Wright

(c) 2016 Sarah Jane Wright

Why kids will love it …
For its gentle, loving message and sweet illustrations.


Why grown-ups will love it …
It gets a 11 out of 10 on the snuggle scale. A perfect bedtime selection.