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April 16, 2009

The funny Founding Fathers

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john-paul-george-benSmith, L. (2006). John, Paul, George & Ben. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.
Genre: Picture Book, Historical Fiction
Grades: 2nd-4th

Lane Smith’s John, Paul, George & Ben is a hilarious, historical story about the Found Fathers. Through illustration and text, Smith goes through each of the Founding Fathers, John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, as a child. He displays each ones’ significant contribution to history and adds sarcastic plotlines to the story. For example Paul Revere is shown as a young boy who joined bell-ringing clubs and because of this loud hobby, he became accustomed to speaking loudly which would explain one of contributions to history, yelling “the red coats are coming!” The illustrations are comical and flow perfectly with the entertaining yet factual text. Not only will this book leave the reader laughing but will educate the child in a unique way.



About the Author/Illustrator

lane-smithLane Smith has authored and illustrated numerous award winning books. Not only did John, Paul, George & Ben make it to the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best sellers but his other most recent book Madam President did as well. His illustrations have received the Caldecott Honor award for Stinky Cheese Man and he has many more accomplishments. Smith is known for his unique illustrations and great humor. Pick up his books for a great read AND laugh! His biography is




Will he ever get out of the bathtub?!

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king-bidgoods1Wood, A. (1985). King Bidgood’s in the bathtub. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers.
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy
Grades: Kindergarten-2nd grade

King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub is a hilarious picture book written by Audrey Wood with wonderful illustrations by her husband, Don Wood. This is one of many collaborations of the spouses and it is perfect for younger readers in grades from Kindergarten up to second grade. The Page is in a predicament; King Bidgood is in the bathtub and refuses to get out. Many volunteers, including the Knight, the Queen, the Duke, and the court, attempt to get the King out of the tub, but none had success! Finally in the end the Page realizes a clever way to get the King out! Wood has a funny representational style where he illustrates the characters as normal people but he dresses them in comical ways and adds a exagerrated element to his drawings. This unique story will leave you with laughs and is a perfect read for a parent and child. If you want to find out how the King gets out of the bathtub, pick up this book!

About the Author

audrey-woodAudrey Wood was born in Arkansas and attended the Arkansas Art Center for drama and art. She has taught art and drama to kids, owned a book store, and has traveled to South America to study Indian folk art. Currently, Wood is writing and illustrating children’s books and also sculpting papier-mâché life-size figures. She has written many books including Little Penguin’s Tale, Weird Parents, and Silly Sally. You can visit her at


About the Illustrator


don-woodDon Wood was born in California and in sixth grade he decided to be an artist. Wood’s work has appeared in magazines and picture books. He has painted for Selley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre. Having a B.A. from USC at Santa Barbara and M.F.A. from California College of arts and crafts, he has been a very successful artist.  He has illustrated many pieces including Piggies, Napping House, and Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Information about Don Wood is from



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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February 12, 2009

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