On this last Friday in October, I am bringing you a fun Halloween read! Are you prepared to be scared???
On a Windy Night
Written by Nancy Raines Day
Illustrated by George Bates
Abrams Books 2010
Themes: Holidays, Rhyme
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice: “Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed illustrations are packed with visual tricks for children to discover. Are those skeletons or cornstalks? Ghostly hands or tree branches? The playful tone of the text makes this a perfect, not-too-scary read-aloud, with an enjoyable surprise ending.
Opening: On a windy night, on a winding road,
A boy walks home with a heavy load.
On this winding road, on this windy night,
Clouds hide the moon—
and in creeps fright.
Resources: Nancy Raines Day has Extra For Educators on her website. Click HERE and scroll down to On a Windy Night for excellent activities to use along with her book.
Why I Like This Book: Not to sound repetitious, BUT I love rhyming picture books. I know you’ve heard this from me many times. It’s just that I’m so delighted when I find a great one that I have to share it on Perfect Picture Book Friday. I found this one a while back but wanted to save it for review until right before Halloween. Speaking of Halloween, that’s one big reason I like this book. It is a wonderful read aloud to get everyone in spooky spirits. It has enough suspense to bring on a bit of the shivers, but also a toe-tappin’ rhythm that keeps the pages turning to the delightfully playful ending. And I must mention the pen-and-ink drawings which lend the perfect mood to the text. Click on the cover above to a better look.
To find more perfect picture books, head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and check out all the fantastic 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.
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.
Time Out For Monsters
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!
I just love cumulative tales. And I just love funny! So, I doubled loved this week’s selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
Don’t Slam the Door!
Written by Dori Chaconas
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Ages 3 – 7
Themes: Cause and Effect, Cumulative
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) A slamming door may not seem like a big deal, but in this escalating tale, it can have far-reaching (and very funny) consequences — including a limping, yelping Pa; a scared, bee-stung bear; and a whole house plunged into pandemonium!
Opening: Please don’t slam the door!
Don’t slam that old screen door!
A slamming door will wake the cat,
and heaven knows, we don’t want that,
so please don’t slam that door!
Resources: This is a great cause and effect book. HERE is an activity for identifying cause and effect in the story. And HERE is another activity on cause and effect. You can also use this story for sequencing. HERE is a suggested activity. (The book used in this sequencing activity is The Napping House, but any cumulative tale will work.)
Why I like This Book: This is a fast-moving, tons-of-fun story told in lively rhyme. The text and the illustrations compliment each other in a fantastic way. The illustrations are about a half a step ahead of the text so readers will be clued in to what happens next. The language is especially fun. Look how she describes the bear-“you silly, bee-stung, scaredy-bear.” Cute, huh? Over the last couple of years, I have read every cumulative tale I could get my hands on, and that has been a bunch. This is one of my all-time favorites! Don’t hesitate to check it out!
Oh! And while you’re checking things out, head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s place 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.