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August 13, 2012

Jeana Gockley: Stack of picture books too good to ignore

JOPLIN, Mo. — Most of the time this column revolves around adult and teen titles, but recently, I had a stack of picture books come across my desk that I just have to share:

  • “Z is for Moose” by Kelly Bingham: In this funny take on an alphabet book, Zebra is doing his best to direct all the animals onto their correct pages, but Moose’s impatience is not making things easy.
  • “One Cool Friend” by Toni Buzzeo: Elliot procures a penguin from the aquarium after misunderstanding his father approval for him to purchase a stuffed penguin. This is storytelling at its finest. Be prepared to read it again and again.
  • “Vote For Me!” by Ben Clanton: Just in time for election year, Donkey and Elephant are on the campaign trail and willing to do practically anything for a vote.  
  • “Boy + Bot” by Ame Dyckman: A boy and a robot are quick friends, but when Bot is accidentally switched off Boy thinks he is sick; when Boy falls asleep Bot thinks Boy is broken. Each try their own remedy to revive the other.
  • “And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Foglian: Caldecott winning illustrator Erin Stead takes this witty gardening story, which features a young boy and his dog, to a new level with simple, sweet illustrations.
  • “Lola Reads to Leo” by Anna McQuinn: Lola from “Lola at the Library” is back and despite all the crying going on in her house, because of the arrival of her newborn brother, she is doing her best to introduce him to the wonderful world of books.
  • “I’ll Save You Bobo!” by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal: The coveted stuffed monkey from “I Must Have Bobo” is back. This time Earl the cat will stop at nothing to he gets his paws on Bobo.
  • “One Special Day” by Lola M. Schaefer: Spencer is many things Ñ strong, wild, brave, free. But he is also gentle, especially when he is introduced to his newborn sibling for the first time.
  • “Green” by Laura Vaccaro Seeger: Readers explore the many shades of green through striking illustrations and clever page cutouts.
  • “Yoko Learns to Read” by Rosemary Wells: A library card opens up a new world for a non-English reading mother and daughter.
  • “The Duckling Gets a Cookie” by Mo Willems: The pigeon from “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” returns for a starring role in the saga of how the duckling asked for and received a cookie.  

Jeana Gockley is the Children’s Librarian for the Joplin Public Library

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