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1. Two Ways to Win TOON BOOKS! CONTESTS END MARCH 30!!!

TWO TIPPY AND THE NIGHT PARADE  CONTESTS @ TOON BOOKS!! In February, I reviewed the fantastic new book from TOON, Tippy and the Night Parade by Lilli Carré. You can read my review here. But, you don't have to had read Tippy and the Night Parade to enter either of these contests! FOLLOW THIS LINK TO ENTER BOTH CONTESTS! Contest #1 Tippy wakes up in the morning to find her

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2. Love TOON

TOON Books offers 11 of their titles for FREE online viewing.  AWESOME for young readers, these books have a Read to Me option for younger kids, too.   I love TOON.



The TOON library is all part of Professor Garfield's website.  (That's Garfield, as in the orange cat?)  Check it out.  It looks like fun.

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3. Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!, by Philippe Coudray, RL 1.5

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - BENJAMIN BEAR IN BRIGHT IDEAS -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> When Philippe Courdray's Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking was released in August of 2011, it was a big hit in my home, one of the first books my

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4. TOON BOOKS New in Paperback AND a Chance to Win a FREE BOOK!!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am a HUGE fan of TOON BOOKS. If you don't please read TOON BOOKS: Why I Love Them and Why You Should Too!, which explores the interesting background of the creator of the series, her inspiration (the boring books available when her son was learning to read) and all the other fantastic things about this great new series - including the

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5. TOON BOOKS: Why I Love Them and Why You Should, Too!

  200 - 300 Easy Sight Words, Short Sentences Often One Character, Single Time Frame or Theme, 1 -2 Panels per Page I realize that I am often going on about the lack of high quality, beginning to read books that have appealing content both visually and texturally, and believe me, every title published by TOON Books meets all my criteria for a great beginning reader book, but

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6. Thanks to My Readers for Sharing Pictures of YOUR Readers! And thanks to TOON for all the amazing books!!!

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7. Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas

TOON Books offers some of the liveliest picture books out there.   Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas by Philippe Coudray is just one of the colorful comic style books put out by TOON.  Each page is divided into several panels and tells a complete story.  Watch above to see how easily the stories can fit in with Common Core standards.  (Warning: Since this video is "educational", the presentation is much more static than the book.) 

Benjamin's adventures are sometimes funny, sometimes head-scratching, but all delightfully illustrated with a slightly retro vibe.  The stories are designed for early readers and budding logicians ages 4 and up.


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8. Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking, written and illustrated by Philippe Coudray, 31 pp, RL 1.5

BENJAMIN BEAR in Fuzzy Thinking  is NOW IN PAPERBACK!!! TOON BOOKS hits another home run with their latest offering, Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray. This book had me and my son in stitches when read it together. If you can imagine a little bit of the zaniness of Elephant & Piggie rubbing off on the bear from I Want My Hat Back who has chosen to befriend rabbits, not

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9. Barry's Best Buddy by Renée French

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10. Free TOON iPhone apps


  • Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons, by Agnès Rosenstiehl

  • Jack and the Box, by art spiegelman

  • Little Mouse Gets Ready, by Jeff Smith
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    11. TOON BOOKS: Why I Love Them and Why You Should, Too!

    LEVEL 1 :200 - 300 Easy Sight Words, Short SentencesOften One Character, Single Time Frame or Theme, 1 -2 Panels per Page I realize that I am often going on about the lack of high quality, beginning to read books that have appealing content both visually and texturally, and believe me, every title published by TOON Books meets all my criteria for a great beginning reader book, but really, above

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    12. A New Zig and Wikki Adventure from Nadja Spiegelman & Trade Loeffler

    There are three types of dung beetles! Thanks to ZIG AND WIKKI in THE COW I now know this along with many other facts about dung, soil, and cow patties. (My kind of science lesson!)  The duo from outer-space, once again, explore Earth in all its exotic splendor. 


    Want to read the first Zig and Wikki adventure? See it HERE!

    Want to know more about dung beetles? See Dung Beetle TV  and watch this video from National Geographic:

    Thank you to Leigh Stein.

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    13. More great artists making more great books for kids? I’m...





    More great artists making more great books for kids? I’m all for it! This upcoming book from R. Kikuo Johnson looks fabulous!

    blowncovers:

    More sneak previews from R. Kikuo Johnson’s Shark King, coming out from TOON books this April. 





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    14. Chick and Chickie: A Toon Book by Claude Ponti, RL 1

    TOON Books has done it again, maybe even giving Elephant and Piggie a bit of (much needed) competition. I mean, there is room for two more slightly subversive buddies in the world of emerging reader books, right? Chick & Chickie: Play All Day introduces us to the French author and illustrator of over sixty children's books Claude Ponti. As much as I love Mo Willems and what he has done for the

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    15. The Shark King: A Toon Book by R Kikuo Johnson, 39 pp, RL 1.5

    When I write a review, I try to be professional and refrain from gushing, but sometimes a book is so spectacular that I can't help myself. The Shark King by R Kikuo Johnson, the newest title from TOON Books is one of those. The Shark King, which I hope might become a series, has action, adventure, mythology, exotic (to me) locales, and a playfully curious, brave protagonist in Nanaue (pronounced

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    RKikuo Johnson


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    17. Librarian Preview: Candlewick Press (Fall 2012)

    You’ve got your big-time fancy pants New York publishers on the one hand, and then you have your big-time fancy pants Boston publishers on the other.  A perusal of Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard Marcus provides a pretty good explanation for why Boston is, in its way, a small children’s book enclave of its own.  Within its borders you have publishers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Candlewick holding court.  The only time I have ever been to Boston was when ALA last had a convention there.  It was nice, though cold and there are duckling statues.

    So it was that the good people of Candlewick came to New York to show off some of their finest Fall 2012 wares.  Now the last time they came here they were hosted by SLJ.  This time they secured space in the Bank Street College of Education.  Better location, less good food (no cookies, but then I have the nutritional demands of a five-year-old child).  We were given little signs on which to write our names.  I took an extra long time on mine for what I can only assume was an attempt to “win” the write-your-name part of the day.  After that, we were off!

    First up, it’s our old friend and Caldecott Honor winner (I bet that never gets old for him) David Ezra Stein.  The fellow’s been toiling away with his paints n’ such for years, so it’s little wonder he wanted to ratchet up his style a notch with something different.  And “something different” is a pretty good explanation of what you’ll find with Because Amelia Smiled.  This is sort of a take on the old nursery rhyme that talks about “For Want of a Nail”, except with a happy pay-it-forward kind of spin.  Because a little girl smiles a woman remembers to send a care package.  Because the care package is received someone else does something good.  You get the picture.  Stein actually wrote this book as a Senior in art school but has only gotten to writing it officially now.  It’s sort of the literary opposite of Russell Hoban’s A Sorely Trying Day or Barbara Bottner’s An Annoying ABC.  As for the art itself, the author/illustrator has created a whole new form which he’s named Stein-lining.  To create it you must apply crayons to wax paper and then turn it over.  I don’t quite get the logistics but I’ll be interested in seeing the results.  Finally, the book continues the massive trend of naming girls in works of children’s fiction “Amelia”.  Between Amelia Bedelia, Amelia’s Notebook, and Amelia Rules I think the children’s literary populace is well-stocked in Amelias ah-plenty.

    Next up, a title that may well earn the moniker of Most Anticipated Picture Book of the Fall 2012 Season.  This Is Not My Hat isn’t a sequel to 4 Comments on Librarian Preview: Candlewick Press (Fall 2012), last added: 4/25/2012

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    18. Maya Makes a Mess: Messy Eater Contest!

    Later this month, Toon Books releases the above easy-to-read comic reader Maya Makes a Mess. Written and illustrated by Rutu Modan, this is something I would have loved to read as an emerging reader.
    I love this dynamic spread (and that flowing line of spaghetti!) Rutu Modan is masterful at capturing so many big expressions with spare lines and flat color.

    Pop on over to the Maya Makes a Mess Messy Eater contest page for a chance to win your own copy. Just submit a picture of YOUR messy eater. That's my messy little one, on a typical morning I might add - I think Maya would approve of her methods.

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    19. Maya Makes a Mess, written and illustrated by Rutu Modan, 32 pp, RL 1

    Maya Makes a Mess by Rutu Modan is my favorite new TOON Book. Honestly, though, every new book that TOON publishes is my favorite. However, Maya Makes a Mess has one of my all-time favorite things in it - spaghetti. The colophon has all the production notes printed on a giant pasta pot overflowing with spaghetti, à la Curious George and his kitchen job. From this pot, a tangle of pasta makes

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    20. Benny and Penny in LIGHTS OUT! by Geoffrey Hayes, 32 pp, RL 1.5

    Benny and Penny in LIGHTS OUT! is Geoffrey Hayes's fourth Benny and Penny titles and his fifth TOON Book. And I still love these little mice as much as I did when I read and reviewed their first book back in 2010. As many parents know, including François Mouly, who founded TOON Books as a response to the dearth of good primers, it is very hard to write an engaging beginning readers title.

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    21. The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra, 80 pp, RL 1.5

    The Secret of the Stone Frog marks a new direction for the peerless TOON Books, publishers of easy to read comics for emerging readers. While the TOON comic books that have come before are 32 pages long, The Secret of the Stone Frog is 80 pages long, making it graphic novel length. For their first graphic novel (220 Lexile) they have gone all out. This book is absolutely beautiful from cover

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    22. Terrific “Toons”


    “Graphic novels” for little bitty kids?

    Comics for children age four and up?

    Just Pretend

    "Just Pretend"

    Not such a preposterous idea.  The intuitive narrative form of comics is a whole another kind of reading.

    Searching words, pictures and panels for clues to events big and small in a story is a more active experience than watching video on a screen.

    My “great books” education came from Classics Illustrated comics, which I loved.  Did they ruin my appetite for dinner?

    Heck no, I read plenty of  real classics later. My readings of the actual Men Against the Sea, The Dark Frigate, King Solomon’s Mines, Frankenstein, David Copperfield, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and so many more  were only enhanced by my first reading their comic book counterparts.

    (In many cases the comics reading was a richer experience than plowing through the actual classic texts. Maybe that says more about me than any literary works. However  that’s a story for another post.)

    Thank you, Albert Kanter for the great contribution you made to kid culture with the Classic Illustrated series that ran for 30 years beginning in 1941.

    On that note, Toon Books, produced by Raw Junior, LLC , endeavors to make comics readers of toddlers and tots.

    Just Pretend

    "Just Pretend"

    And who better to tease little ones with artful pictures and graphics into an early habit of  reading  than, well, another comic book publisher.

    And, in this case, someone who is also a New Yorker magazine art director.

    Françoise Mouly is a veteran of more than 800 New Yorker covers, a mom, and the co-founder and co-editor, with her husband cartoonist Art Spiegelman, of the avant garde comics anthology Raw Graphics. That’s where Spiegelman’s family account of the Holocaust,  Maus, A Survivor’s Tale, that later won the Pulitzer Prize, first appeared. It was the first comic book to call itself a graphic novel .

    Mouly also designed and edited books for Pantheon and Penguin in the late 1980’s and early 1990s. She was helping her first grade son with his reading.  she discovered — to her dismay — “beginner reader” texts.

    She substituted for their home reading sessions her giant collection of French comic books, and that worked like a charm. It got her thinking, and in 2000 she launched the RAW Junior division to  publish “literary comics” for kids of all ages.

    She enlisted star writers, artists and cartoonists such as Maurice Sendak, David Sedaris, Jules Feiffer and Gahan Wilson.

    In 2008 she started the Toon Books imprint. These were 6″ by 9″ hard cover “comics” that very young children could read on their own.

    “Comics have always had a unique ability to draw young readers into a story through the drawings,” Mouly told an interviewer. “Visual narrative helps kids crack the code that allows literacy to flourish, teaching them how to read from left to right, from top to bottom.”

    “Comics use a broad range of sophisticated devices for communication,” the Toon Books website quotes Barbara Tversky, professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a Toon Books advisor.

    “They are similar to face-to-face interactions, in which meaning is derived not solely from words, but also from gestures, intonation, facial expressions and props,” Tversky says. “Comics are more than just illustrated books, but rather make use of a multi-modal language that blends words, pictures, facial expressions, panel-to-panel progression, color, sound effects and more to engage readers in a compelling narrative.”

    The Big No-No

    "The Big No-No"

    I like the Benny and Penny series by author illustrator Geoffrey Hayes, about sibling mice — a big brother and his little sister and do they ever ring true! In the latest title, The Big  No-No, released this Spring, Benny and Penny confront the “new kid” next door.

    In Just Pretend, Penny threatens to disrupt Benny’s make believe pirate game (because she needs a hug).  But they somehow manage to play together. When Penny momentarily disappears in a game of hide and seek, Benny decides that pretending is better with his sister around than not.

    Hayes has written and illustrated about 40 books, including early readers and a Margaret Wise Brown title, When the Wind Blew.

    The Big No-No!

    "The Big No-No!"

    The Big No-No and  Just Pretend are gently rendered in colored pencil and beautifully orchestrated and paced. The pages are a joy to experience. The little dialogue balloons are so natural and unobtrusive. The books give you the feeling that you’re eavesdropping on the real conversations of real children.

    You can read a fascinating interview with Hayes on the  Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog.

    I haven’t yet  seen Stinky about a polka-dotted swamp monster whose turf gets invaded by a little boy. It’s creator is a 25 year old rising comics star Eleanor Davis,  a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. The American Library Association named Stinky its Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book for  this year.

    Stinky

    "Stinky"

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    Mark Mitchell hosts “How To Be A Children’s Book Illustrator.” To sample some free lessons from his online course on children’s book illustration, go here.

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    Eleanor Davis
    Chicago area events:

    Saturday, July 11th
    Magic Tree Bookstore
    11 AM - Noon
    141 North Oak Park Avenue
    Oak Park, IL 60301

    Oak Park Library
    1 PM
    834 Lake Street
    Oak Park, IL 60301
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    Monday, July 13th
    ALA Annual Convention
    1:30 PM Baker and Taylor Booth #3620
    The Convention Center at McCormick Place West

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    24. Night Life




    I love this little strip by Dan Gordon! This guy could really draw. I've been obsessing over Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's new book Toon A Treasury Of Classic Children's Comics. I've only posted two pages of six because I think someone stil owns the copyright. I don't know much about Gordon other then he worked on Fleischer Studios Superman and Popeye cartoons in the 1940's. Spiegelman and Mouly's line of kid's comics, Toon Books, is remarkable and beautiful.

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    25. New from Toon Books

    Online Toon Readers:
    Flip virtual pages and listen to the story (in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian), or activate the audio on individual balloons.

    And Coming April 2010 -- Toon Books' first release to incorporate science, Zig and Wikki: Something Ate My Homework. Fun facts about flies, frogs, and raccoons from  Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler.



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