Tuesday, December 29, 2009

1000 Times No

1000 Times No!
by Mr. Warburton
Harper Collins Children's Books
ISBN: 978-0-06-154263-3

What is it?
A quick picture book tour of the many--and there are soooooo many-- wonderful ways a kid can say NO!

What do we love about it?
Well, let us begin by saying that NO is one of our favorite words. (Others include--but are not limited to: Guacamole, salsa, bedtime, pudding, and Clive Owen (Yes, we know that Clive Owen is two words, but they are so utterly delicious together we count them as one.) Anywhoooo, we love to say NO. And this book teaches us lots of clever new ways to do so! Our favorites include morse code, sky writing, crossword puzzle, and Inuit. 1000 Times No is innovative and downright funny.

Who is it perfect for?

Anyone who wishes to expand their vocabulary.

What do we say about it?

When it comes to funny books like this we say Yes! Si! Oui! Es-yay!

Want to see more about this fun book?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Minute Shopping?

Grab these sweet and funny books for your favorite elf. Laughter is the best Christmas gift!

Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Schefler, Arthur Levine Books, ISBN 0545157617

You want original, funny, and touching? You've got it with Stick Man. How did we miss this last year? Too much eggnog, perhaps. Run, run, run to your nearest bookstore to buy this! Possibly one of the best Christmas stories EVER.

A Pirate's Night Before Christmas, by Philip Yates, illustrated by Sebastia Serra, Sterling Books, ISBN 1402742576

A pirate Santa with a peg leg, dreadlocks and a parrot? We're so there.

Olivia Helps With Christmas, by Ian Falconer, Atheneum Books, ISBN 1416907866

Poor little impatient porker! How horrible to have to wait for Santa! Will she be able to do it? Pair this older classic with....

Christmas with Rita and Whatsit, by Jean-Philippe Arroug-Vignod, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, Chronicle Books, ISBN 0811866815

If only our wishlists were as creative as Whatsit's, whose list includes a police dog uniform, a chewy ball, and a treadmill. Simple, whimsical line-drawings and fiesty characters make us want to read more. Please sign us up for the Rita and Whatsit fan club!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Brad Pitt!

Okay, so perhaps this theme isn't literary or humorous or writing related, but gosh, we just don't care. It's Brad Pitt, for crying out loud. We think this is a National Holiday.

Interesting Brad Factoids:

1) Brad went to Kickapoo High School.
2) Before he became famous, he dressed as a giant chicken while working for el Loco Pollo.
3) Brad writes fan letters to the Three Silly Chicks on a weekly basis. Apparently, he still has a thing for chickens.

Happy Birthday Brad! Hugs to Angie and the kids!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Perfectly Arugula

Perfectly Arugula Written and illustrated by Sarah Dillard Sterling ISBN: 1402759541

What is it?

A perfect picture book for puny perfectionists who like pink and who are planning a party.

What do we love about it?

We love peering into Arugula's persnickety thoughts, especially when they are so darn funny, like, "a shiny teakettle is a happy teakettle" and "windows don't wash themselves."

What does it remind us of?
This is Fancy Nancy for hedgehogs. Why has no one thought of this before?

What is it perfect for?

The perfect book to read before a tea party with hedgehogs. Or, you know, children.

What do we think?

We give it five pink cupcakes!

Friday, December 11, 2009

It's Laughter Day!

Actually, it's Laugh Off Your Holiday Stress Day, and it couldn't come at a better time!

For your viewing pleasure:

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Chicks Around the World

Chicks Around the World!

It's that time of year when we three chicks pause from our daily routine of eating and reading and preening to send peace, love and chicks across our lovely planet. For only $20, the charity Heifer International will give a family somewhere on this globe a flock of chicks. Each starter flock has from 10 to 50 chicks. One flock gives a family in a developing country a much needed source of food and income.

Once again, we are asking you, our wonderful readers, to help us with this task. Will you join us by donating $20 to provide a hungry family with a life-sustaining flock of chicks? Once you donate, let us know about it in the comments here or on Facebook. Not only will we give you a big joyful shout-out for your generosity, but we will choose several random donors to be interviewed on our blog. Wouldn't it be fun to join the likes of Mo Willems, Lisa Yee, Jon Sciesczka and other notable sillies who've been featured on our blog? Now's your chance to share the spotlight by participating in an egg-cellent cause!

Happy Holidays to our fine-feathered friends near and far. Let the season of cheer begin!

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson