Bruce is a grumpy bear with one joy in life: preparing and eating fancy egg recipes that he has carefully researched online. But after a batch of (free-range organic) goose eggs hatch while he is off gathering firewood, Bruce becomes “the victim of mistaken identity.” (“MAMA!”) Much as he tries to get things back to normal (and he really, really tries, which is where a lot of the humor comes in), his life will never be the same.
This book kicked off a series, but we never picked up the later books; by the time they came out, my boys’ interest in new picture books was waning.
Author: Ryan T. Higgins Illustrator: Ryan T. Higgins
Posted onJanuary 9, 2014|Comments Off on When Dinosaurs Came with Everything
Today, dinosaurs come with everything!
Like George Shrinks, this book has an irresistible premise (instead of balloons or stickers, or other more common giveaway items, dinosaurs come with everything from a dozen donuts to shots at the doctor’s office) coupled with charming and witty pictures that expand the story well beyond its text. The book loses a bit of narrative steam around its final third, but it makes a strong finish, sparks the imagination, and is a lot of fun to read aloud.
Author: Elise Broachs
Illustrator: David Small
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Jack, from the backseat, said to his dad,
This car is OK. This car is not bad.
But it’s just a car. Nothing great. Nothing grand.
It’s nothing at all like the car I have planned.
This may be the perfect picture book. The rhymes, cadence, and illustrations are irresistible (not for nothing did this book win the E.B. White Read Aloud Award). Also, we all really, REALLY want Jack’s car. (An instant snack bar? A pool? An impeccable safety record? A built-in robot chauffeur? The ability to sail, submerge, and fly? SIGN US UP.) This is the first book my oldest learned by heart; it is simply addictive.
Author: Chris Van Dusen
Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen