MoWillems at his best! A fun, energetic read-aloud with a repeated refrain and a mischievous twist at the end, presented in a cinematic style reminiscent of silent movies. When Mother Goose meets a charming, flirtatious wolf in the woods, the little goslings try to warn her of impending doom. Reading this book aloud is not a good idea, it’s a great one! We tried it at a story time for kindergarten graduates, and it was a big hit!
That Is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems; Balzer & Bray, $17.99
Rocket is using his knowledge from when he learned to read to piece together his very own story. Rocket finds words everywhere, from the world around him, and from his teacher, the yellow bird. When Rocket gathers together enough words, he tries to to write down his story, yet nothing is inspiring him like the books he reads. When his walks keep taking him to a tall pine tree with an empty nest on its tallest branch, Rocket finds the inspiration he was looking for, as well as an unlikely new friend and reader.
This book is great for kindergartners or 1st graders who are beginning to write stories of their own, especially if they’re having trouble finding their inspiration! Rocket teaches that inspiration can come from anywhere when you least expect it.
Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills; Random House; hardcover