J.P. and the Bossy Dinosaur

J.P. and the Bossy Dinosaur

Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

J.P. and the Bossy Dinosaur
Written By Ana Crespo
Illustrated by Erica Sirotich
Albert Whitman & Company, 2016
Suitable for ages: 4-7
Theme/Topic: Emotions, Sad


Opening Spread: I am JP the dinosaur.


Brief Synopsis: From the Albert Whitman & Company website — In his third adventure, JP is excited to be at the water park with his family. But when the bossy dinosaur says he can’t go down the waterslide with his sister, JP is sad. Using his vivid imagination and a little help from his family and best friend, JP remembers how to have fun again!


Resources: Ana has a variety of resources on her website for the J.P. books, including questions to use while reading.


Why I Like This Book: Enzo gave this one the important “Read it Again!” signal. He doesn’t care that he’s met Ana before (or the real J.P.). He enjoyed the story. I’ve enjoyed reading through the entire My Emotions and Me series with its cute Mood-O-Meter in the upper right-hand corner of the cover.
We love dinosaurs and sometimes we must deal with the emotions of big and little, bossy dinosaurs. The illustrations at a water park area are also a perfect fit. Pools and aquatic centers are filled with sad moments, because children hear “no” a lot. There are rules and disappointments. It can make for an emotionally taxing outing.


For more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog.

The Sock Thief

The Sock Thief

Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

The Sock Thief
Author Ana Crespo
Illustrator Nana Gonzalez
Albert Whitman & Company, 2015
Fiction
Suitable for: Ages 4-7
Theme/Topic: Resourcefulness, Soccer/Futebol, Portuguese, Brazil


Opening Spread: In a small Brazilian town, Felipe leaves home earlier than usual. He walks a long way to school.


Brief Synopsis: From author’s website: Felipe doesn’t have a soccer ball. So, when it’s his turn to take one to school, he uses a little bit of creativity…and a few socks. Felipe is the sock thief, but finding socks is not that easy and the neighborhood pets make it even harder. “Au, au, au!” a dog barks in Portuguese. Along the way, Felipe leaves delicious mangoes in exchange for the socks he steals. After he swipes each pair, he twists and turns them into an ever-growing soccer ball.


Resources: Instructions on How to make a Sock Ball. Go out and play soccer with your own sock ball. Read the Author’s Note and share a story from your own childhood. A Portuguese glossary is included. Please check Ana’s website as more resources may be added.


Why I Like This Book: I like that Felipe is a bit naughty in his efforts to make a soccer ball. Of course, this sock thief leaves mangoes and even returns the socks. You’ll see at the end, the sock owners know what’s happening to their socks too.
I know Ana through SCBWI. She’s super talented and nice. And, I get to hang out with her and several ladies at a weekly critique meeting. The book has a March 2015 publication date, but I pre-ordered her book (that’s what writers do, right?) and it magically arrived this week. If your library doesn’t have it yet, be sure to put in a request. I did that with our local library.
 
Ana is giving away several copies of The Sock Thief on Goodreads. Check out the giveaway.


For more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog.