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
We love the Elephant & Piggie characters and are always excited when we open up a shipment to find a new adventure inside. Luckily, author Mo Willems is able to write books about as fast as we can read them!
The latest Elephant & Piggie story follows the lovable pair as they attempt to make a plan to go on a drive. They want to have a super fun adventure, but cautious Gerald wants to plan out each very important step before they head out. Steps like finding a map, buying sunglasses, and eventually realizing neither one of them knows how to drive!
Their plan may go awry, but the process is still incredibly fun!
These books are great for read alouds, because both the audience and the adults can laugh along. The illustrations are bold and simple, yet the facial expressions on both Elephant and Piggie are often giggle-inducing without even reading the text!
I love the Elephant & Piggie series and hope there are many more to come!
Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo Willems; $8.99; Hyperion; Ages 6+
Just in from Mo Willems is Goldilocks and The Three
Bears…I mean, Dinosaurs. What?? Yes. DINOSAURS. Chocolate loving dinosaurs, to be exact. (If you’ve seen me at the store I’m usually wearing my blue dinosaur shirt and munching on chocolate, so this book couldn’t be more fitting for me.) Anyway, the story starts in the typical fashion of introducing the characters, but instead of a Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear it is Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and “some other dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.” That is just the first of many story line replacements that will yield a chuckle. There is chocolate pudding instead of porridge, and a trio of dinosaurs intentionally trying to wrangle a succulent and delicious-chocolate-filled-little-girl for dinner rather than meeting Goldilocks by happenstance. Willems delivers a story that will have children giggling and will surprise parents with the new spin on this classic tale.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, by Mo Willems, Balzer & Bray, $17.99
Everyone’s favorite pigeon is back! In this latest escapade, the pigeon meets a duckling who simply asked for a cookie and actually got one! The poor pigeon is used to asking for simple things like hot dogs, puppies, and a later bedtime , without ever being given anything. He decides that ducklings just get everything and it is just not fair! Super silly, as one would expect from a Mo Willems book, this new adventure will have pigeon followers and new fans alike laughing out loud. Guaranteed to make you giggle!
Amanda’s review was also featured in the Spring Children’s Indie Next newsletter! Tons of great book recommendations make their way into these newsletters, making gift giving and picking out books for your own readers super easy. Make sure to grab one next time you’re in the store!
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems; $15.99; Disney Press; Ages 3+
Here is a rundown of the year’s best sellers in board book, picture books, and beginning readers!
- Hooray For Fish by Lucy Cousins
- Is This My Nose by Georgie Birkett
- Good Night Moon 60th Anniversary Edition by Margaret Wise Brown
- ABC Board Book by Alison Jay
- Good Night Washington DC by Adam Gamble
- Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
- Madeline at the White House, by John Bemelmans Marciano
- Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
- Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney
- Mercy Watson series by Kate Dicamillo
- We Are in A Book by Mo Willems
- Nate the Great series by Marjorie Sharmat
- Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
- Fly Guy vs The Flyswatter by Tedd Arnold
Rebecca loves picture books and sharing them with our story time attendees! f you’ve ever been to one of her story times, you know how much she loves reading stories aloud. These are a few of Rebecca’s favorites of the year:
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems; $8.99; Hyperion Books; ages 4+
Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich;$15.99; Simon & Schuster; ages 3+
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka; $16.99; Random House; ages 3+
Fox and Hen Together by Beatrice Rodriguez; $14.95; Enchanted Lion Books; ages 3+
We have our Wee Ones story time every Friday and Saturday morning at 10:30 and other additional story times for older children throughout the month, so check out our events page and download calendar to find the time that works best for you!
Norton Juster is one of my Absolute Favorite Authors of All Time: so imagine my delight when the box of new books this morning contained not one, but two, new Juster books! Now, to be fair, one of them is a new-old book: the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth. However, this does not make it any less exciting.
The Phantom Tollbooth (Anniversary) by Norton Juster. Random House. Ages 6-99!
The new edition is gorgeous, with Jules Feiffer’s familiar Milo and Tock unchanged, except that Tock is definitely shinier. Philip Pullman, Suzanne Collins, Mo Willems, and more contributed wonderfully inspiring essays for the new edition: each author has a slightly different take on why The Phantom Tollbooth is such an enduring classic. Since my childhood paperback is definitely well-loved, (read: completely unreadable), I dropped a not-so-subtle hint to my mom to pick this one up for Christmas. Whether it’s for someone like me or for a child reading it for the first time, this lovely edition makes a perfect gift.
Neville by Norton Juster. Schwartz & Wade Books. Ages 3-7.
For the littler ones in your life, Norton Juster has written a funny and moving new picture book, Neville. Most kids have had the experience of moving to a new place: Juster treats this theme with characteristic empathy, recognizing that kids usually don’t have a say in the matter! On the first page, we see a boy standing in front of his new house, his colored shirt contrasting with the black and white background, heightening the sense of isolation. “Nobody had asked him about moving. They’d just told him,” the narrator wryly comments. His mother encourages him to go outside to try and meet some neighborhood kids, and the boy reluctantly sets off for a walk. He does make friends, but in such a clever and charming way that I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you! You’ll love the warmth and ingenuity of this wonderful story. Great for ages 3 and up.