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March 17, 2009

Where are the wild things?

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Sendak, M. (1963). Where the Wild Things Are. USA: Harper & Row, Publishers.
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy
Grades: K-2

This creative story by Maurice Sendak is a classic picture book that is filled with imaginative illustrations and a fun story line. This is a great lunch read to bring into a 1st or 2nd grade class, or even Kindergarteners. It is great for these ages because this story follows a young boy and his imagination that takes the reader to where the Wild Things live. The illustrations bring an imaginative and original element to the story. These Wild Things are one of a kind; to discover what the Wild Things are, pick up this book and find out!


About the Author/Illustrator:

Maurice Sendak is an author of many books other than Where the Wild Things Are. He has written Nutshell Library, Pierre, Outside Over There, and Higglety Pigglety Pop! He has received many awards including, the Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Information about Maurice Sendak was found at


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Shouting in the Zoo- please do not do!

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never-ever-shout-in-the-zooWilson, K. (2004). Never, EVER Shout in a Zoo. New York: Little, Brown and Company.
Genre: Picture Book, Realistic Fantasy
Grades: 1-3

Never, EVER Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson is a precious story that introduces zoo animals and creative adjectives to young readers. Some new creative words that a child would learn are convining, clever, and malicious. Some animals they would see would include bears, moose’s, and apes.  In the story a young girl is at the Zoo and is advising the reader not to shout in the zoo. Throughout the story the girl is showing what would happen if someone shouted in the zoo. This book would definitely be put under the category of realistic fantasy since what happens in the book is not likely to occur in real life. The text follows the realistic illustrations perfectly. If you are curious as to what will happen when there is a shout in the zoo, read this book and you will soon discover!


About the Author:

karma1Growing up in Northern Idaho, Karma Wilson, absolutely loved playing and being outdoors. She started reading a lot at a young age and her favorite types of books were fantasy and historical fiction. Once learning how to type as a mother and wife, she combined her new skills and love for kid’s literature and started writing children’s books. She has made over 30 books and likes to write funny and rhythmic books which is exactly what Never, EVER shout in a Zoo is. Her website is:


About the Illustrator:

dougWhen Doug Cushman was growing up he created his own comic books, this comic book illustration lead to him illustrating/creating over 100 books since 1978. He has collected a number of awards and is extremely successful. Visit him at


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The “remix” of the Little Red Hen

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little-red-hen1Sturges, P. (1999). The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza). Dutton Children’s Books: New York.
Genre: Picture book, Fantasy
Grades: 3-5

This hilarious “remake” brings a fun twist of the original Little Red Hen story yet still displays the very important moral of the story. The little red hen decides she wants to make a pizza, instead of a loaf of bread, she asks if anyone of her friends would like to help but they all decline. Therefore she goes to the store multiple times by herself and creates this massive pizza, all alone. When the pizza is made, unlike the original story, she invites her friends to eat the pizza with her, despite their lack of help. But when the hen asks if anyone wants to help do the dishes, all of her friends volunteer to help. Even though the hen allows them enjoy the food that they did not help to eat, an important message is still portrayed through the story. I think the message is that kindness and sharing is always important. Even though she received no help but she still was nice and offered them pizza. Her kind actions were returned with her friends offering to do the dishes and clean up. In this comical story, it is clear to see how the story is modernized through the colorful and silly illustrations. This picture book is a great read for a classroom of older elementary students, they will be able to make the connection between the original story and understand the moral. If you are looking for a amusing picture book filled with laughter and bright colors, this is the perfect book for you!

About the Author

philemonPhilemon Sturges’ love for pizza came about through living in Italy for many years. His hobbies include making elaborate pizzas but he is really an architect and children’s book author. Other books include, The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Pinata for the Pinon Tree, and How Do You Make a Baby Smile? Information about Sturges was found at


About the Illustrator

amy-wal1The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) was Amy Walrod’s second picture book. She has illustrated many works including Horace and Morris Say Cheese (Which Makes Dolores Sneeze!), The Little Pirate, and How to Make Friends With a Giant. This isn’t the only time Walrod has worked with  Philemon Sturges, they also collaborated on The Little Pirate. Information about Amy Walrod was found at


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