June 12, 2015

Perfect Picture Book Friday - What About Moose?

Well, dearies, here we are again, about to wade into summer!

And you know what that means.

It means Perfect Picture Books will go on hiatus until September.

I know.  It's sad.  But luckily we have a big list of books to tide us over (if I ever finish updating it, it will be REALLY big!)  And a little break is good for us.  It means we'll come back refreshed and filled with renewed enthusiasm :)

For the last PPBF before summer hiatus, I have a fantastically fun book to share!  You will probably all want to rush out and read it immediately :)

Title: What About Moose?
Written By: Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez
Illustrated By: Keika Yamaguchi
Atheneum Books For Young Readers, June 2015, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: teamwork, behavior (bossiness), language fun (rhyme), forgiveness

Opening: "Fox met her friends with her toolbox in hand.
'Time to start building!  Now here's what I've planned.'
She divvied up jobs and then Moose trotted in.
'I'm HERE!' he announced.  'Let construction begin!'"

Brief Synopsis: The forest animals are working together to build a tree house... all except Moose who is so busy being in charge that he fails to perceive exactly what's happening.  When he finds himself in a tight situation, his kind-hearted friends help him out in spite of his previous bossiness.

Links To Resources: Team Building Games; design your own treehouse - draw the kind of treehouse you'd love to have, including amenities :); moose coloring pages; recipes for lemonade (to drink while you're building or playing in your treehouse :))

Why I Like This Book: As you've probably all gathered by now (due to the fact that I'm always adding her books to Perfect Picture Books list :)) I am a die-hard Corey Rosen Schwartz fan.  Her books are always clever and fun with fabulous rhyme that is a pleasure to read aloud.  This new addition is no exception.  Moose is delightful in his bossiness, hollering commands through a megaphone, oblivious to the predicament he's getting himself into.  His friends are forgiving, willing to help him out even though he's been a pain in the backside.  The illustrations are appealing and engaging.  The story is light-hearted and fun while still getting the message across that it's best to work together - one all ages will enjoy!

Here's the trailer:

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

I know we will all be reading picture books throughout the summer, but with so many wonderful outdoor things to do (and the kids all home from school :)), our time for writing posts, reading reviews, and visiting one another's blogs will be limited.  And summer is all about spending time with our families.  So go forth and enjoy - we'll be here when you get back to start up PPBF again on Friday September 11!

PPBF bloggers please be sure to leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you!

Have a wonderful summer, everyone, and those of you who only visit for PPBF, we'll see you in September!  Everyone else, we'll still be here with Would You Read It Wednesdays, the pitch picks, and Straight From The Editor, the upcoming Children's Illustration Contest to be followed by some other high jinx for writers, and maybe a few surprises... depending on whether I manage to get things done :)  I've got at least three new things I'm hoping to share soon :)

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!  And I hope to see some of you in New Jersey! :)

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