October 3, 2014

Perfect Picture Book Friday - Little Boo

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!

Now that it's October, it's fair to start sharing Halloween picture books, right?

I'm glad you agree :)

Here's a pretty new one, just published this August.

Title: Little Boo
Written By: Stephen Wunderli
Illustrated By: Tim Zeltner
Henry Holt & Company, August 2014, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: Holidays (Halloween), Emotion (patience/impatience), Nature (lifecycle of a seed), Common Childhood Experiences (wanting to be bigger/older)

Opening: "The wind blew, the leaves fell, and a tiny seed hid in the garden.
"Boo," the seed said to a leaf rolling by.
"You're not scary at all," the leaf said.

Brief Synopsis: A little pumpkin seed tries hard to be scary but he just can't seem to scare anyone - not the leaves or the grubs, not the snowflakes in winter or the bees in spring!  "Be patient," the wind tells him, "you'll be scary soon enough."  But it's awfully hard to wait!

Links To Resources: plant a seed and watch it grow - indoors in a container or outdoors in a garden; 40 Things For Kids To Do With Pumpkins; 9 Easy Pumpkin Recipes For Kids

Why I Like This Book:  It's just so cute!  Look at that little pumpkin seed face - how can you not love it?! :)  The story is simple but so relatable for kids who always seem to want to grow up faster than nature allows.  And within the sweet story we also get a nice little glimpse of the life cycle of a seed - so cleverly slipped in there!  To top it off, the art is absolutely gorgeous -  colorful and warm and so appealing!  This is a wonderful one to add to your Halloween book shelf :)



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Have a great weekend, everybody!!! :)


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43 comments:

  1. So sweet! I love the little seed.

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  2. How adorable is a book with a pumpkin seed! :) The illustrations look gorgeous, too! I used to love eating pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I miss them, actually. Developed some sort of allergy. Oh, well : / So glad I can enjoy THIS little pumpkin seed! Thanks, Susanna :)

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  3. How cute! that pumpkin seed does indeed look ghosty and almost scary.

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  4. I can guess why the little seed isn't scary . . . Yet! Thanks for the PPB pick.

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  5. What a charming little face. I love it. And the entire concept. As far as Halloween stories go, it's a winner! I like mine sweet and not scary. . . So good to be back with PPBFs!

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  6. Aaww! So sweet! I want to read this one. I can't believe it's Halloween time already. Where did the time go?


    What do you have up your sleeve for Monday, Susanna? Huh? Huh? :)

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  7. A pumpkin seed! That's brilliant and sounds super cute. My library list is going to stack up again. I've made two trips to the library this week grabbing the past two weeks PPFB. Enzo and I have been very happy with the selections. Lots of fun 2014 books.

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  8. You're right: it *is* too cute, Susanna! Just looking at its little face cracks me up. :)

    Now that my kids are pretty much grown, Halloween has not much meaning for me, but I still enjoy Halloween books.

    Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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  9. A perfect choice for October! I love the illustrations. It sounds adorable. ~Cathy

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  10. I just wanna pinch that seed's cheeks! Such a cutiepie - and yes, with a fabulous message. Thanks so much for this one, Susanna!

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  11. I know! Isn't he so cute? :) Glad you like it, Joanne :)

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  12. The illustrations are amazing! That's what made me pick up the book in the first place! So beautiful!

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  13. I enjoy Halloween Candy!!! :) Hope you have a lovely weekend too! :)

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  14. There have been a lot of great books this year, Stacy! There are a couple I'm waiting impatiently for :)

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  15. I could tell you, but then I'd have to ki.... Oh, well, I guess that would going a little overboard :) Tune in Monday and you'll find out, Clar :)

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  16. Hurray! So good to have you back! And I agree, Jarm - I don't like anything too scary :)

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  17. Yeah... He's not too intimidating, is he :) Glad you like the pick, Joanne. Can't wait to see yours :)

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  18. I'm glad you can enjoy this little pumpkin seed too, Donna :)

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  19. He's so cute, isn't he, Iza?! :) And the illustrations in the book are so lush!

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  20. Yes! Halloween candy 4-evah!!! LOL!

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  21. Absolutely adorable art. The story sounds cute as well. I will definitely check this one out.

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  22. Great book to start off the pumpkin season, Susanna...we'll have to make a bunch of the pumpkin whoopie pies from the recipe Tara Lazar gave us last week! Little Boo looks like lots of fun. :)

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  23. Aw, poor little pumpkin seed!

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  24. Brilliant idea! I love the "multipurpose" aspect of this book. Education in a fun, not-the-sole-purpose-of-the-book kind of way. And I'm very drawn to Zeltner's illustrations. The color palette, the expressions, the Swirliness of the sky. Beautiful!

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  25. Aaahhh! I'm looking for some new Halloween books to add to my bag! This one looks perfect! A scary seed, indeed! I like to just eat pumpkins myself!

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  26. This_Kid_Reviews_Books_ErikOctober 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Great PPBF pick! I love the cover! :D
    Do you have a Hare-Brained Scheme in the works? Is that what Monday's post is about? ;)

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  27. What a sweet little tale for Halloween. Thanks Susanna!

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  28. I'm with you ... that little face is adorable! Thanks for scouting a lovely pumpkin pick.

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  29. Little Boo is absolutely adorable. And oh, if only the little ones knew how lucky they are to be young. Patience is still a virtue I find myself struggling with even now as a grown up with my own little one...who's not so little anymore lol!!

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  30. Yeah... patience is a problem for me too :) Well, in certain situations anyway, like waiting to hear back from an editor :)

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  31. I'm glad you like it, Barb. It's a cutie :)

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  32. It IS sweet - which I like because I am easily frightened :)

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  33. Alas, no. It's been a while since I had a hare-brained scheme hasn't it? The next couple months are bound to be busy, but maybe I can think one up for January :)

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  34. I know - I LOVE the illustrations. That was what made me pick the book up in the first place! :)

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  35. Don't worry, Joanna. It all works out in the end :)

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  36. I just really like the sound of pumpkin whoopee pies :)

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  37. Yep - the story and the art are cute and cuter :) I hope you like it if you get a chance to read it :)

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  38. I find myself in a similar position, the waiting for the editor-impatience-is-killing-me position lol!

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  39. This looks so cute! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to find this one :-)

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