Yea! It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday which is hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. After you read about my pick for today, you really should head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and check out all the fantastic Perfect Picture Book Selections! Each book is reviewed by a picture book -lovin’ reviewer, AND includes activities to go along with the book. You will find a handy list right HERE.
Written by Jean Reidy
Illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Ages 3 – 7
Themes: Imagination, Monsters
Synopsis: (School Library Journal) ”Directed to the time-out corner by a pointed finger, a boy contemplates ways to spruce up the place since he spends so much time there. How about a little color? A window? Dinosaurs would be nice. A monster truck? Why the possibilities are endless when you use your imagination. And Mom will love it. A dragon big enough for a foldout, a dump truck full of ice cream, a throne, noisy fire engines, and lots and lots of cupcakes add to the fun. Alas, the pointed finger returns, this time with a bucket and cloth. Neubecker’s large, imaginative illustrations grab readers and hold on tight throughout this bright, bold romp. Energetic and appealing to young artists everywhere, this one is a winner.”
Opening: There’s a corner in my house that needs some fixing up….
Mom says it’s fine, but I know better. I spend a lot of time there. It needs a little color…
Resources: Click HERE to view an amazingly comprehensive Curriculum Guide found on Jean Reidy’s website.
Why I Like This Book: Well, I’ve yet to meet a kid who hasn’t seen a little time out? The kid in this story seems very familiar with time out, and I love that he remodels his time out space…kind of like a kid taking over Home and Garden TV. The text and illustrations are perfectly matched as they should be in a picture book that begs to be read again and again. I’m a fan of books that explore imagination and this one delivers. It also delivers plenty of laughs, and as my readers know, creatively funny picture books are my very favorite kind. I’d love to tell you about the last page, but I’ll just whisper this little thing in your ear, “Wait! Who made those footprints?”
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a monstrously marvelous Friday!