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.

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

It’s Friday and here’s my choice for Perfect Picture Book Fridays:

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
By David LaRochelle
Pictures by Mark Fearing
Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013
Suitable for ages: 3 and up
Themes/Topics: Picky Eater, Family

Opening Line: Every Tuesday evening Martha’s family had green beans for dinner.

Synopsis from Amazon: Martha HATES green beans. When some mean, green bandits stroll into town, anyone who ever said “Eat your green beans” is in big trouble. But when the beans kidnap Martha’s parents, Martha is forced to take action. She can think of only one way to stop the villainous veggies from taking over her town, and it’s not pretty … or tasty. Featuring absurdly funny text and illustrations with attitude, this is a hilarious read for everyone – even the pickiest of eaters.

Link to resources: Play with your food — act out how Martha saves her parents! David LaRochelle has a links to coloring pages and how to make a “Wanted” poster for mean beans.

Why I like this book: We are going through a food stage that includes little love for vegetables. We read this first at the dinner table before serving green beans. We didn’t plan that, but it worked out nicely. If mean green beans kidnap us, I’m not sure Enzo would do what Martha did in the book! In other words, we’d be tied up in a cave for a very, very, very long time. I’m sure he’ll eat green beans one day.

For more PPBF selections, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. 

How is everyone doing with the PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo challenges? We are in the middle. I feel like I’m a little saggy, but I am staying  on track. I always write down a ton of ideas. No joke, I’m at around 75 and have one draft written. I owe a lot of ideas to the day of sickness. Not much else to do but think and tap out ideas on the iPhone.