Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sipping Spiders Through a Straw

Sipping Spiders Through a Straw
by Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated by Gris Grimly

Scholastic Press
ISBN - 978-0439584012
It's summer! And that means it's time to camp! Chicks love camping. What could be more fun than roasting marshmallows and bean dip? S'more please! Though we must confess that it's hard keeping the dip on the stick. (And yes, we use a dipstick!) Oh how we love the smell of the smoke, the crackle of the fire, and creepy campfire stories and songs. It gives us the warm fuzzies and the shivers at the same time. Delish!

So imagine our delight at finding the perfect book of songs to share with little monsters. In Sipping Spiders Through a Straw, author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Gris Grimly strike a perfect balance of funny and creepy that kids that kids will simply gobble up. DiPucchio's text turns old favorites into funny new ones like "Blow, Blow, Blow Your Nose" and "99 Bottles of Blood on the Wall," and "Take Me Out to the Graveyard." Grimly adds an edgy, dark twist to the songs with his humorously gruesome pen and ink illustrations. Perfect for kids who like a little bit of scary with a whole lot of giggles.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Zoo Chick

On Saturday, June 28, from 12:00 to 3:00, silly chick Julia Durango will be signing Cha Cha Chimps and Pest Fest at the fabulous St. Louis Zoo. The zoo's WildCare Institute is a world leader in saving endangered animals and ecosystems. If you're in the area, why not swing by and say hello to Julia, check out the chimps, then adopt a warthog or red-kneed tarantula for that someone special in your life. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Stella Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse

Stella Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse
by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Paul Meisel
Sterling Books
ISBN 1402739877


Sorry. We have a tendency to let out our inner Marlon Brando every time we see the name Stella. We'll stop now.

Back to the book, which is by far one of the funniest collections of dog poems to date. We howled with delight at Stella's sly observations, like the following about the baby in her household:

Strange little creature.
Interesting scent.
No bark, but it surely can wail.

Not very toothy.
Frequently drools.
Cannot be trusted near tail.

It's entirely possible that when Linda Ashman is not writing fabulous poetry she is digging up bones in her yard or sniffing fire hydrants. How else can you explain these perfectly pooch-like poems? If we ever meet Linda (and gosh, we'd sure like to) we hope to shake her paw--er, hand--and congratulate her for a collection that is both funny and sweet.

While we're sure kids will love this book, we can also see giving this to a dog-loving Dad or Grad. We give it five tennis balls.