Going to the library is one of the joys of my life, and my favorite part of going to the library is browsing the new books shelves. We’ve picked up quite a few winners lately.
This first book is just a rip-roaring delight. Pirate’s Perfect Pet by Beth Ferry is sure to tickle the funnybone of ‘most anyone. It’s the story of a pirate named Captain Crave who retrieves a message in a bottle from the deep blue only to learn that it’s from his mum. She is sending him a checklist from Be Your Best Buccaneer magazine. He meets all the criteria of the list except a few: the peg leg is, as he says, “on me to-do list” and he has no pet. The rest of the book recounts his quest to find his perfect pet. He and his crew mates visit and wreak havoc in the zoo (and he gets his peg leg, check!) and are then sent post haste to the local pet store. There, in a most satisfying exchange, he finds his perfect pet. My DLM loves this book, choosing it over a vast array of other choices. The text is delightful: full of rhythm and rhyme and alliteration and clever plays on words. I don’t want to ruin it with any spoilers at all, so I’ll just say this: if you can get your hands on this one, do it! Highly Recommended. (Candlewick, 2016)
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak is a slow and gentle read that is perfect for this time of year. It is a conversation: the child in the book goes for a walk and makes observations by addressing the various parts of nature she encounters, and the plants and animals speak back to her. The tone of the book is serious and observant. When I first started the book, the text felt a bit awkward to me. However, the combination of the conversation of the text and the subtle illustrations worked their magic on me, and by the end of the book I was ready to turn around and read it again. The illustrations are lovely–watercolor and pencil drawings–and very evocative of the subtly changing seasons. This is a good one to add to your list of books for autumn. (Henry Holt, 2016)
This last book is a sweet and comforting one for the younger set. Safe in a Storm by Stephen R. Swinburne is a lyrical reminder to little ones that they are safe in their parents’ care while a storm rages over them. The little ones in the book are from many different species: giraffes, wolves, whales, and many more (even sloths). Jennifer A. Bell’s illustrations are both sweet and evocative of movement, which is perfect for this book in which the wind is always blowing. Benny loves this one and gives it a Highly Recommended. In both tone and rhythm it reminds me of one of our favorite board books, Time for Bed by Mem Fox. That’s high praise indeed. (Cartwheel, 2016)
That’s a few of the ones we’ve enjoyed lately. How about you–any new discoveries in your book basket?