Happy 2014! I hope you have a wonderful year.
It’s Friday, so here’s my PPBF choice:
Written by David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Walker Books for Young Readers, An Imprint of Bloomsbury, 2013
Suitable for ages: 1 and up
Themes/Topics: Animals, Adventure, Getting into trouble
Opening line: Moo.
Synopsis from jacket flap: Here is the story of … one cow, one word, one utterly wild adventure … Moo!
Link to resources: Author David LaRochelle has a teaching guide and activities on his website.
Why I like this book: Wow. One word. It’s repeated throughout the book and provides adult readers an opportunity to add a little theatrics to the story. We recently read a book Banana! by Ed Vere … which also has one word. Limited text provides plenty of room for the illustrators to play.
For more PPBF selections, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.
Also instead of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, perhaps we could play Six Degrees of Susanna Leonard Hill with this selection. Mike Wohnoutka is also the illustrator of Can’t Sleep Without Sheep.
Cathy Ballou Mealey says
The cover makes me giggle!
As a kid, we always chorused MOO! when we drove past a farm. Thought everyone did! Then I got to high school and realized perhaps it was not always the norm…
Of course, my Dad was raised on a dairy farm. 🙂
Seems logical to me Cathy. I did not grow up on a farm though. 🙂
Cather Johnson says
Are one word pbs en-vogue this year? I love spare text pbs.
Could be Catherine. We’ll see if a lot are published in 2014. Of course, a picture book trend today likely began two years ago when the books were written and purchased.
Beverly Snedecor says
This is adorable. Wonder what other words would work for a whole picture book? Moo, banana….
That’s a great question Beverly! I wonder too.
Mike Allegra says
I love that cover illustration. So playful!
It’s really fun Mike. This concept relies heavily on the reader.
Julie Rowan-Zoch says
CUTE cover! Looks like me though, including the big red nose!
Hmm. That may be the reason I picked Moo! up. Looked like a great friend.
Sue Heavenrich says
minimal word count seems to be the new thing… thankfully this one has awesome illustrations. What fun.
Most of the wordless or minimal ones do have great illustrations. This is a fun one, if you can find it Sue to check out.
Erik - This Kid Reviews Books says
This reminds me of Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack! This sounds great! 😀
Yes. I love that one too Erik. A great story in a few repeated words!
I’m a big fan of wordless and almost wordless books. And farm animals make for great fun. I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks!
Farm animals are classic. This cow is expressive in only one word!
Jarm Del Boccio says
An interesting approach to a picture book, Stacy. Much can be conveyed, of course, with illustrations alone. Thanks for sharing it!
True. This cow is one moooo-expressive animal.
I love hearing about new books. This one sounds perfect for my class. Thank you!
It really allows the reader an opportunity to be creative!