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Picture Books: Me Want Pet!


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Imagine you were a cave child and really wanted a pet. What would that pet be?  When I asked my kids and they suggested a woolly mammoth, I was very thankful we are no longer living in caves. A fun story to read and see what your kids would think of, Me Want Pet is just the perfect book to open up that conversation. From last week’s Perfect Picture Book series, there are two other books that I really liked and thought were worth sharing: Max’s Words and Robot Zot. This week, in honor of National Library Week  from April 8 to April 14, I have chosen Otto The Book Bear, which is the story of a bear who lives in a book and comes to life. When he finds himself alone after the family moves, he takes an unexpected journey to a place that is loaded with books and characters in them that come to life; the library.

This week’s suggestion from Cheryl Ashley, at the Verona Public Library, is The Day The Goose Got Loose, written by Reeve Lindbergh and illustrated by Steven Kellogg.  Originally published in 1990, it is now available in paperback. Ashley describes the story this way:

The story of the dreadful day the goose got loose is told in near perfect rhyming that will have youngsters bopping their heads keeping time.  The text almost needs to be sung, it is that rhythmic.

Among other mischievous deeds, goose ate the hens’ grain, frightened the sheep, enraged the ram, inspired the horses to get up to no good, made the cows tense, provoked the bull named Spence, annoyed Dad and upset Mom.  The pictures are a riot.  This silly story is a feast for the eyes, ears and funny bone.

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