Library Hits – 7/11/2011

Kind of a lame week for library books.  I think I was under the weather the week I checked these out, so we didn’t end up with much and much of it was a little odd.

Top of the Pile

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Check-out
Decent as far as alphabet books go.  Annoying verses, but the artwork with all the little peas is worth a look.  Nice puns involving peas in the jacket material. :D

The Stacks

Birds by Kevin Henkes
Filler
High concept book with lots of different interpretations of the idea of birds.  Read a lot like modern poetry, pretty decent poetry actually, very experiential.  But the ending falls flat and illustrations are unimpressive.

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
Obnoxious
Gets an “obnoxious” because of how many times I was forced to read it this past month, but at least it’s short.  Illustrations are kind of an icky style for me, but Monkey didn’t mind.

Scaredy Squirrel has a Birthday Party by Mélanie Watt
Check-out
Monkey likes these Scaredy Squirrel books and so do I.  They would have been my type of picture book as a kid, because of storytelling method, not subject matter.  However, the charts and graphs make these books difficult to read aloud.  And the birthday party one is a bit of a stretch.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by B.G. Hennessy
Filler
Good version of this classic tale.  A bit more wordy than we like around here.  I didn’t like how she softened the ending by not having the sheep get eaten.  Seriously, kids can handle that.

Alphabears : An ABC Book by Kathleen Hague
Obnoxious
Monkey loved this book, but my husband and I both hated it.  The rhymes are so completely random, about a teddy bear beginning with that letter of the alphabet, and most of completely over little kids’ heads. (“N is for Nikki, that’s just her nickname, Her real name is Ninny, her mother’s to blame.” Huh?)

Let’s Count Goats! by Mem Fox
Filler
I was disappointed this didn’t get pulled off the shelf more this week.  A spunky, random counting book, but apparently not worthy of toddler attention.

Bonus Music Reviews

“C” is for Cookie : Cookie’s Favorite Songs by CTW
Check-out
Contains your Cookie Monster classics like “C is for Cookie,” “If the Moon was a Cookie,” and “Healthy Food.”  (May I just say that Monkey does an adorable version of “Healthy Food?”) But all the random filler songs take this down from Buy to Check-out.

Rating Scale

In homage to Harry Potter, our rating scale contains no simple numbers, but is useful nonetheless, and largely self-explanatory:
Awesome
Buy
Check-out
Filler
Obnoxious
Terrible

Disclaimer: These reviews are not intended to be a review of the overall quality of any picture book, but are totally biased and based on their suitability for this mom and her two children reading together.  Your mileage may vary based on your children’s maturity, attention span, and interests.

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