Picture Book

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story book cover: a cartoon boy stands in center looking at large fingerprints, scribbles, and food stains all over the cover"Who would eat a jelly sandwich… while reading MY book?"

Little Louie’s dismayed look on the cover lets us know that something is amiss here.  Someone has modified his book title with crayon and spilled lots of icky things on it.  Inside, the story begins with Louie skipping along into his unknown “perfect story” until a blob of jelly falls onto the page.  He sniffs, licks and gets upset about it and is further aggravated by a blob of peanut butter --- “the chunky kind!” --- and a series of other book-wrecking messes.  Despite these setbacks, Louie realizes that we are still reading his story and declares that it is worth telling, “messes and all”.

The art is quite clever here; the offending “pb and j” look so real, you’ll feel compelled to wipe it up.  Nothing really happens in the story except for the interruptions.  It’s just a silly, fun read.  Readers ages 3 to 63 will enjoy this light picture book, especially if it is read aloud by one for the other.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

There's a Mouse Hiding in This Book! by Benjamin Bird

There's a Mouse Hiding in the Book! book cover: head of a gray cat stares at a small brown mouse in corner of the book"We've cornered Jerry in his mousehole! ... Are you coming with me?"

Tom invites the reader on a wild chase through the pages of the book as he endeavors to catch that "pesky" rodent. This book's interactive dialouge encourages the reader to be active participant in the effort to nab the mouse.

Concept of a cat chasing a mouse is a universal one, therefore you do not have to be fans of the Tom and Jerry cartoons, or even know who they are, in order to enjoy this picture book. This short but highly amusing tale is perfect for those ages 2 to 9 years seeking funny stories with adult readers who do not mind acting a bit silly. Fans of interactive books such as Tap the Magic Tree by Matheson or Press Here by Tullet will also find this book worth reading.

Shake the book, blow on it, and see if you can't catch that mouse.

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Celeste, Kids World

Monsters Vs. Kittens by Dani Jones

Monster vs Kittens book cover: an orange sits tabby faces the viewer, Behind the kitten is a green monster with horns and black hair whose fangs are showing in a smile as its yellow eyes look at the tabby"This is a monster. This is a kitten."

Let's compare the cute and cuddly kittens, with the big and smelly monsters. One is big, the other small. One clean, one messy. Could the monsters and kittens possibly have something in common? The answer may surprise you...

This short and sweet story about differences and friendship is hard to pass up. Delightfully lively illustrations capture your imagination and bring monsters and kittens to life. Toddlers especially will enjoy the dramatic and colorful pictures, highlighted by the bold and easy-to-read text.

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Naomi, Kids World

If Kids Ruled the World by Linda Bailey

If Kids Ruled the World book cover: cover art features kids running a pirate ship, in the air is a kid with a jetpack and a child with fairy wings"If kids ruled the world, all the sidewalks would be trampolines..."

Ask yourself, what would it be like if kids ruled the world instead of adults? Find out for yourself in this silly adventure! This fanciful story takes you into a world where kids have the final say in everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Pillow fights all night, eating cake instead of vegetables, going to school where the only class is recess...and that's just the start.

A delight for young children and parents alike to share in reading aloud, "If The Kids Ruled the World" is also a wonderful reminder to grown-ups of the fun and fantasy of what it's like to be a kid. This picture book will spark your imagination, and encourage you to let it run wild.

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Naomi, Kids World

Recipe by Angela Petrella and Michaelanne Petrella

Recipe Book Cover: a long-haired brunette appears to be laying on the ground with a spatula in her hand. Some type of food is clutched in her other hand. What appears to be marshmallows is all over the ground. A gray dog wearing a pink helmet smiles down at her.“Recipe is served! No refunds.”

Have you ever had a recipe go all wrong?  These sister/authors have and they decided to find the humor in a bad situation.

Turn the pages and laugh as gap-toothed Kristen decides to be “IN CHARGE” of the kitchen.  Her mother agrees to follow orders and the craziness begins.  This girl’s grocery list includes twenty bags of marshmallows, four hundred hot dogs and a “squirt duck”.  Oh, and a new puppy.  The mom comes through, the dog is blue, the squirt duck is put to use as kitchen safety equipment and the resulting “goop” is ultimately chopped up with a baseball bat.  We are left with a question; do the raccoons eat it or not?

I recommend this silly story for kids and adults, ages six to sixty.  If you enjoy wacky, “random” stories, you will get a kick out of this one.  The artwork is pretty inane as well.  Warning to parents: the recipe in the back of the book involves chocolate and a clothes dryer.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns book cover: young girl holding a lantern in from behind the image of a golden building"Red is the rug Dad kneels on to pray, facing toward Mecca five times a day."

This picture book's simple rhyming text introduces the reader to world color as it draws examples from the rich traditions of the Muslim faith. Each color is showcased in illustrations which fill a double page spread, making this book perfect to share with a large group if desired.

Younger readers (and listeners) may wish to concentration on the beautiful color examples. However, the book's glossary includes pronunciation tips and further defines the highlighted object or tradition, which allows this book to serve well as a basic introduction to the Muslim faith for older students.

For educators looking for an multi-cultural book for young elementary students, this picture book is definitely worth a look. For families looking for a gentle introduction to color, this picture book offers something different than the usual examples while keeping the colors in the illustrations simple and easy to spot.

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Celeste, Kids World

The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman

The Ghosts Go Haunting book cover: five cartoon ghosts seen on the stairs of a building not shown, however the sign on the grass reads M.T. Tombs Elementary"The Ghosts go haunting one by one. Boo! Boo!"

All your favorite spooky creatures are seeking out some "Halloween fun" in this holiday picture book.

Those familiar with the tune, "The Ants Go Marching," may catch themselves singing along instead of reading. The grins on the creatures' faces keep them friendly and funny as they run amok through the school and frighten the school staff.

The book's large pictures and the school setting make this a perfect classroom read for teachers' seeking a new Halloween treat. But, whether shared by a group or read individually, there will be giggles and chuckles all around as the librarian is "chased up a tree" and the "principal leaps from his chair and runs."

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Celeste, Kids World

Dinosaur vs. School

Dinosaur vs School book cover: red t-rex looking dinosaur on a yellow alphabet background. Dinosaur is wearing a blue plaid jacket and is carrying a metal lunchbox“Dinosaur versus… glitter, glue and googly eyes! … Roar!  Sprinkle!  Roar!  Glue!”

Brawny Dinosaur confronts each first-day-of-school situation with his self-assured “ROAR!”  Bob Shea’s humorous mixed media artwork conveys the repeated anxiety and relief that we all feel as we conquer new situations.  In this sequel to Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, we follow Dinosaur through a new school day.  Each task is a “win!” as our protagonist makes friends, plays dress up, snacks and even braves the communal clean up.

This is a picture book that will appeal to kids ages 2 – 6, especially if they are just starting (or going back) to school.  Read it in a funny --- “RAWR!” --- dinosaur voice, and your young ones will demand to “read” it back to you!

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Mary Jo, Kids World

"Hooray for Hat" by Brian Won

Hooray for hat! book cover: zebra, elephant, lion, turtle on parade with various hats on their heads"Elephant, Zebra, Turtle and Owl marched down the road to show Lion. Hooray for Hat!"

When Elephant wakes up, he is in a very, very, grumpy mood. The only thing that will make Elephant happy - a present! He discovers a very large, funny hat on his doorstep and decides to show all of his friends. Come along on the hat parade with Elephant and friends as they learn the importance of sharing!

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Bridget, Kids World

Little Green Peas by Keith Baker

Little Green Peas book cover: title in rainbow colors, small green peas are playing an assortment of outside games"Blue boats, blue seas, blue flags...and little green peas."

If you enjoyed the books LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas, also by Keith Bakers, then you will not want to miss this new book! Using vibrant illustrations, the little green peas take us on a colorful tour of the world around us. Perfect for little ones just learning about colors!

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Bridget, Kids World

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