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>Two by Two by Two by Two by Two: New Summer Picture Books


It’s always nice to spend time in the summer with a friend (or a book!), don’t you think? Fortunately, we’ve got some great summer books for children that are twofers coming your way in a Picture Book Preview Bag soon! (If you haven’t signed up your library for preview collections, contact Sue at MVLS)

In Dragon Pizzeria by Mary Morgan, two exhuberant dragons run a pizza shop. BeBop cooks. Spike delivers. To where else but Fairy Tale Land! Bright pictures bring the rhyming and guessing game text to life. Read this one at your next storytime, practice your Fairy Tale Land Voices! And don’t forget to check out the end papers.

Marla Frazee takes us all to camp with her A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever! James and Eamon spend the week at Eamon’s Grandparent’s beach house so they can go to day Nature Camp, which of course they are SO excited to do (NOT). What a fun look at how kids and adults think time should be spent during the summer is told through Marla’s (I adore her lively colored pencil drawings and way with drawing curly hair, so am on a first name basis) comic pictures with many asides, which will bring back your memories, or your memories of making your kids go to day camp. Love the drawn photographs on the beginning and end papers too! Most excellent summer read for grade school kids!

What the heck is a Splunk? And a grumbling one at that? Find out with Otis and Rae as they go camping in this comic like picture book titled (what else) Otis and Rae and the Grumbling Splunk by Laura and Leo Espinosa. Told with brightly colored comic bubbles, comic timing, and comic frames and vignettes. A fun picture book for kindergartners and young grade schoolers, and not even that hard for parents to read at bedtime!

Oliver Jeffers helps a boy find The Way Back Home after taking an airplane ride from his closet to the moon. Scared and alone, luckily he meets a martian who also lands there. Primitive watercolor illustrations help give the perspective of young boys as they use a new friendship to work out how they will each get home.

Beginning on the end papers with a pull out of the celestial sky, followed by a bone adorned time line, Melissa Sweet tells the story of Tupelo Rides the Rails. Dumped on the side of the road with her sock toy Mr. Bones, they ride to find a place that they belong. Penciled and watercolor frames, vignettes and full page illustrations tell the story of life on the rails, under the stars, and the search for home. Interspersed are references to all the famous dogs in history (that’s why the timeline!), as well as famous dog quotes on the book jacket. Kids will enjoy the story, adults will enjoy the references, and both can use the opportunity to discuss history, stars, and a reason to get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the famous dog stories told on video, comics, and books.

Ok, there are TWO purple socks in Lisze Bechtold’s Sally and the Purple Socks. But what adventures are had with these purple socks that Sally the duck mail orders (dry clean only). Out of the box they are too small, but the instructions say “…will grow to the size ordered” and do grow throughout the day until Sally uses them for a hat and muffler, curtains, bed spread, rug, and ultimately circus tent. After that? Let me just say it is a sole satisfying conclusion. Perfect for preschool storytimes, illustrated in gouache paint with ink in greens, purples and yellows.

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