Yipee! It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. This week, I have chosen to review Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story. I am in love with this book. It is MOST adorable.
Written by Kara LaReau
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press 2011
Themes: Humor, Friendship, Not Fitting In, Holiday (Valentines Day)
Synopsis and a few lines: (from the book jacket) Mr. Prickles was not a particularly friendly fellow. He was tough to get close to . . . because he was a porcupine.
“You’re not cute like us,” said Raccoon.
“Or cuddly like us,” said Chipmunk.
“Or playful like us,” said Skunk.
“I am,” said Mr. Prickles. “On the inside.”
Poor Mr. Prickles was very lonely-until the day he met Miss Pointypants. Could she be the perfect prickly companion for moonlit strolls and midnight feasts? Was love in the air for even the sharpest of sorts?
Resources: These downloadable Prickly Love Notes would be great for children to view and then create their own love notes. Here is a PDF of black and white love notes that could be used a color pages. I didn’t find any other resources, but this book would lend itself well to discussions of bullying and not fitting in.
Why I Like This Book: This would be especially great for Valentines Day…but I couldn’t wait eleven months to share it with all of you. No matter what day of the year, you will be happy that you read it. Clever wordplay adds humor to the familiar theme of not fitting in. After being taunted and teased by the other forest creatures, I was thrilled that Mr. Prickles noticed Miss Pointypants. It takes them a minute to warm up to each other (as they regard each other pointedly) but, as witnessed on the cover, friendship wins out. You will feel the rejection, loneliness, and love as Scott Magoon‘s illustrations brilliantly convey the emotions of the characters.
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list if you scroll down past the category list.