Grumpy Pants, illustrated and written by Clair Messer, is a very simple book about a penguin who is in a grumpy mood, something everyone deals with at one time or another. This book has very few words on each page, allowing children to focus on the cute illustrations depicting Penguin's grumpy attitude. This book feels geared to a young audience. But the lesson really applies to everyone: It's okay to be grumpy; the important thing is how we handle grumpiness.
And Penguin finds a way that works for him.
Albert Whitman & Company 2016
Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin is for sure a winner! This time Duck has found a pencil. When Farmer Brown asks his brother to watch the farm while he goes on vacation, Duck makes sure that Bob, Farmer Brown's brother, gets some interesting instructions regarding taking care of the animals. The animals enjoy pizza that Bob orders in for them, and Bob is instructed to wash the pigs with bubble bath and to dry them off with Farmer Brown's good towels. The animals are having a great time with the instructions Duck has created, but how long can it last?
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Since I'm finding such good books, watch for my next post. I'll have two or three more to share.