Monday, December 3, 2007

3 New Picture Books Reviewed, In No Particular Order

Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka and illustrations by Lane Smith
The unlikely friendship of a cowboy and an octopus creates a funny little picture book. Can't say there is much of a plot, but there is definitely a point. The theme I took from the book was friendship is a many splendid thing. What really makes the story is the illustrations! The illustrations are a mix of cut-outs and drawings. They are truly the best! This book could be a funny gift for a best friend in your life. I think anyone would be appreciative of the book's humor. If you have met a Scieszka-Lane picture book, you will not be disappointed or surprised.

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed
What a perfect gift for the librarian you know! It tells the heart-warming story of a boy who spends his days (and even a night) in the library. The librarians are always doting over him and helping him. The story follows the boy from childhood all the way to adulthood. It is just what you hope every library is like. Again, another book where the illustrations are PERFECT! I loved the way they librarians were portrayed and their characterizations exaggerated.

The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers and illustrated by Ard Hoyt
This book is so special. I have never seen a book which represents the pride a child had for their parent in the services like this book does. I would purchase this book if I knew anyone who had a parent overseas serving our country. In the story the teacher has assigned the students to complete a project for President's Day. The project is to show patriotism in some way. Caleb, the main character, wrestles with what he could possibly come up with to show patriotism. He sees other student's ideas, but feels nothing he could do would be adequate. Besides, his father won't be there to see it any way. His father is serving our country. (You see where this is going?-- Me neither for some reason.) He decides to simply display a picture of his father. OH BRING ON THE TEARS... It was so touching. Of course everyone loved his display. How could you not? Lovely, simply, lovely.

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