We're back to picture books today and I have some fun ones for you to try to win for a child, grandchild, or student in your class. Thanks to Sleeping Bear Press, I seem to have an endless supply to review and pass along!
Experiment #256 by Marty Kelley, is a cleverly written and illustrated STEAM-focused book for the youngest reader. The funny story of how Ian builds a jet pack for his dog, Wilbur, and all the things that go wrong is told through the illustrations, making this a book that pre-readers can figure out from the pictures. Minimal text is written in the form of Ian's notes about the experiment.
On the first few pages Ian builds the jet pack but wonders why he has leftover parts.
Leftover parts were definitely the brakes.
Adding the turbo blaster was probably a mistake.
Lisa is not happy.
Outside, Ian and Wilbur run into more trouble.
Garden fence need some repairs.
Wilbur got tangled up in the undies that Mrs. Marino was hanging on the line.
Mrs. Marino is not happy.
By the way, the Front Matter is very clever. Kelley has small vignettes showing twelve of Ian's previous experiments...and disasters.
The adventure starts when Hank and Buckaroo overhear two men talking about fly fishing. They assume that the men are going fishing for flies...what else could it mean?
When they get to the fishing spot, Emmitt, a friendly raccoon, overhears their delight:
|"It's going to be a fly cafeteria!" yelped Buckaroo.|
"Oh yeah, said Hank. "A down-home,
big-time fly barbecue!
|"Yahoo!" yelled Buckaroo. Their tongues|
darted through the air, snapping up fly after fly,
and the two toads reeled them in by the dozens.
In the end, "... two very plump, very happy country toads waddled back to town for a strawberry soda and an afternoon nap."
"Toadally" sounds good, doesn't it?
Invisible Lizard in Love follows chameleon Napoleon's first book, Invisible Lizard in which he sorrows over not having any friends (after all--he's a chameleon, so who sees him?). In this second book, written by Kurt Cyrus and illustrated by Andy Atkins, Napoleon's new-found friends desert him when they find love. He's alone again!
Napoleon sulks and then scratches his initial inside a heart on a tree. When the branch snaps,
|Moss and bark rained from the sky.|
Fern grounds fluttered by.
A warty lumpstool fell onto
the far end of the branch.
Napoleon held on.
Napoleon realizes that the only thing which is keeping the limb balanced is the "big warty lumpstool" who turns out to be a girl chameleon aptly named (who else?) -- Josephine.
The two chameleons slowly move towards one another, afraid to disturb the balance of the precarious limb.
|They kept on creeping.|
Until they meet in the middle of the branch.
Like a chameleon itself, science and friendship lessons are hidden within the story and illustrations.
******One of the challenges of writing a good picture book is that the adult reader and the child are both entertained. These three picture books soundly meet that challenge.
Leave me a comment if you would like to win Back Roads, Country Toads or Invisible Lizard in Love. (I'm saving Experiment #256 for my grandkids). Make sure you leave me your email address if you are new to my blog and which book you are interested in. Giveaway ends September 26 and is limited to the continental United States.