Monday, September 12, 2016

The Little Crooked Bookshelf


words by Sean Farrell, pictures by Charles Santoro

This week's pick is from cottager Kara LaReau.

What it's all about

Ruthie has a problem at school. It's not the students, or the classroom, or the reading or the writing or the math. It's a creature called the Snurtch, who follows Ruthie everywhere and gets her into all sorts of trouble. 

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf…

Wry text from Sean Farrell and hilarious illustrations from Charles Santoso bring to life this story of how one child manages to tame her not-so-nice side.

My favorite lines…
The Snurtch is scribbly and scrunchy.
The Snurtch is grabby and burpy and rude.
And the Snurtch is always with Ruthie.

My favorite illustration…

Why kids will love it…

Every child (at any age!) will recognize Ruthie's Snurtch, and feel comforted that they are not alone in having an all-too-mischievous side. Ruthie's solution (to draw her Snurtch and share it with others) is both a brilliant coping mechanism and a super-fun story time activity.

Why grown-ups will love it…

A lighthearted way to talk about our darker emotions and behaviors.

1 comment:

  1. This book looks adorable!! I love Charles Santoro's work, especially his illustrations for Ida, Always--very sweet!! Thanks, Cottagers :)