And for fellow writers, today is the first day of PiBoIdMo. Don't know what that is? Go here to meet the amazing Tara Lazar, author of The Monstore. The book I picked this week is a hands-on example of the idea-bending PiBoIdMo celebrates. When you get to my photo of the endpapers below, you'll see what I mean.
Run to get a copy of the book I selected this week. I mean run! Pick up the pace!
Title: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Author/Illustrator: Mo Willems
Publisher: HarperCollins Balzer + Bray, 2012
Themes: Fractured fairy-tales, HUMOR
Audience: 5-8 years
Opening: ONCE UPON A TIME, there were three Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and some other dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.
Synopsis: Mo Willems turns Goldilocks into a laugh out loud riot. Inserting dinosaurs for bears, he shines a spotlight on the absurdities of the classic tale while adding the twist that perhaps the bear/dinosaurs were acting intentionally, setting a trap for the unwary and unsupervised Goldilocks. Delicious chocolate-filled-little-girl bonbons, anyone?
What I liked about this Book: Everything! I couldn't say it better than The Boston Globe which said that Mo Willems books "are simple, not simplistic." If you haven't read all of Mr. Willems' books, find one of his Pigeon books, then grab this one (I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of his "This Is Not A Good Idea") There are scads of jokes in the illustrations for an adult to enjoy as they read and re-read this book. Norway is "the Gateway to Sweden," a smiling dinosaur in a hard hat proclaims "We Are Natural Gas." For the littlest kids, look for THE pigeon hiding around the dinosaurs' house. Bigger kids can enjoy the punny word-play and slapstick humor of the plot. The book is 40 pages long, but it reads quickly and the simple bold cartoon-like illustrations make this a perfect read-aloud storytime choice.
The activity guides at The Teaching Books site are the same as those I give the link for above, but there are a list of Mo Willems interviews for the fans who want to learn more about the author.
I'll leave you with a look at the endpapers for the book, and you'll see what Mr. Willems is talking about.
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know, have you read this book already? When a book is popular at my library, sometimes I'm the last one to read it! (The book budget is only so big and I can't bring myself to put holds on the childrens books, the kids should be the ones reading them after all!)
This review is part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. Along with tons of writing wisdom, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books.