Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Kids Can Cats
I think the most desirable bags to acquire in the exhibit hall at the Texas Library Association conference the year were offered at the Kids Can Press booth. Bags featuring Melanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel or Chester the Cat were proudly carried as other conference attendees asked, "where did you get THOSE?"
Alas, I did not score one myself. That's the way it is at TLA, the tale of the "one" that got away.
by acclaimed author CHESTER without (or with no help from or Not by) Mélanie Watt, Kids Can Press, 2010
Chester commandeers a red marker and writes his own book with absolutely no help, what-so-ever, from his creator, Mélanie. It is possible he has had a hand in the disappearance of Mélanie's art supplies so she offers suggestions and admonishment through yellow sticky notes on the pages of Chester's book.
This is an accessible way to demonstrate how a story comes together. It needs a setting characters and hopefully, a happy ending.
Mattoo, Let's Play
writtten and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, Kids Can Press, 2010
Ruby loves her cat Mattoo but she is so noisy and boisterous that Mattoo does not like playing with her. Her friend, Clemente leads the way in quietly imagining they are in a jungle where all kinds of wild animals appear. Sensing a calmer and quieter Ruby, Mattoo can join in and play too.
This is a gentle message for young children about pets and how to handle and care for them.
by Eugenie Fernandes, Kids Can Press, 2010.
Fernandes is described as a 3-D illustrator. Her characters are sculpted from Fimo-clay and added to a collage that includes painted backgrounds and natural materials. Her sweet rhyming text focuses on the baby animals of spring, piglets, tadpoles, lambs, duckoings owlets. This is the first Fernandes book I've read. Little ones should love this.