The little tree's needles stand straight up, as an electric saw slices this way and that "like the wings of a swallow cut through air." Tree after tree slumps over "with a soft whoosh of needles," and workers haul them into a truck.
The cutters dig him up instead. They wrap burlap around his roots, then send him to a Christmas tree lot to be used fo Add a Comment
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Review by Chris Singer
About the author:
Erica Perl is a full-time writer and part-time chicken. She is the author of Ninety-Three In My Family, which School Library Journal called a “Comic Masterpiece,” and Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early, which received a starred review from BookList. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C. Visit her at www.ericaperl.com.
About the illustrator:
Henry Cole grew up on a farm in Virginia with a coop full of mischievous chickens. He now lives in Florida with two peacocks. You can find him online at www.henrycole.net.
About the books:
CHICKEN BUTT! — When a little boy successfully uses “fowl” play and ridiculous rhymes to get his distracted dad’s attention, he gets so excited he keeps going and going. Dad wants to stop the silliness, but he’s no match for . . . CHICKEN BUTT! A laugh-out-loud, read-it-again delight for the whole family.
CHICKEN BUTT’S BACK! — In this cheeky (sorry!) sequel to the wildly fun Chicken Butt!, the young jokester and his chicken muse are back, but this time they’re trying to trick Mom. She thinks she has caught on to the gag, but as she distractedly does the grocery shopping, she falls victim to a flurry of jokes using homonyms and homophones—words such as “dear” and “deer,” and “which” and “witch.” Wordplay has never been so much fun.
Like Chicken Butt!, this story encourages children to participate in a call-and-response reading format that reinforces their reading skills.
My take on the books:
If your kids like to laugh and be silly, you may need to introduce them to these fun reads from Erica Perl. I love how the dialogue is written in different fonts and colors – the parents in a black font and the son’s in bold red. Both parents in the stories are trying to have some peace and concentrate on the task at hand (Dad’s reading his newspaper while Mom’s going grocery shopping). The illustrations are wildly fun and rambunctious as well, and both parents and children will have a blast reading this together out loud.
Teachers as well can have a great time during classroom story time since both books encourage children to do a call-and-response (as mentioned above). You can even further extend the book by having children write their own versions or even act out scenes.
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Why is a raven like a writing desk?* More on topic, how is a bad query sent to an editor like a personal ad? Last April The Rejectionist sought to answer this very question in Love is Like a Bottle of Query and I couldn’t help but figure that it would make a superb Valentine’s Day link for you all.
That seems insufficient fodder for today’s post, though. So just for the heckuvit, here is a list of my favorite romantic picture books. Howsoever you wish to interpret them.
The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Seve, illustrated by Peter de Seve – Not only was it written by a husband and wife team (an inherently romantic proposition) but it also features one of my favorite love stories. You have a Duchess who is only interested in whimsical things and the practical fellow who loves her. I’m a fan. Plus it’s a real treat to the old eyeballs.
The Marzipan Pig by Russell Hoban – The saddest Valentine’s Day book on this list and long out of print. Nevertheless I love that book, and I love the little film that was made of it long long ago. You can catch a section of it here if you like:
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch – I understand that there are as many different picture book versions of this book as there are drops of water in the sea. Everyone from Hilary Knight to James Marshall has adapted this poem at some point (probably because it’s the rare standalone poem that converts to the picture book format so easily). My personal favorite amongst these versions, however, is Jorisch’s. This isn’t just a story about two different species getting together. No, in Jorisch’s world it’s two different lifestyles. The owl is all buttoned up business suit and the cat this Greenwich Village, thick soled boot-wearing artist. Yet impossibly they get together and wed. How awesome is that?!
Henry in Love by Peter McCarty – A love story appropriate for the schoolyard set. More of a crush really. In this sweet tale a little cat has a crush on a rabbit in his class. They reach a mutual understanding all thanks to a bright blue muffin. Aside from making me hungry for muffins (particularly those of irregular colors) McCarty employs a really gorgeous pen to the illustrations in this book. Little wonder it appeared on the 5 Comments on Happy Valentine’s Day!!, last added: 2/15/2011