Monday, February 22, 2010

Big Bear Hug

Big Bear Hug
by Nicholas Oldland

Kids Can Press

What is it?
A picture book about a bear "so filled with love and happiness" that he hugs every creature he encounters in the forest, including (and especially) the trees. But what will happen when a man with an axe enters the forest and starts chopping down one of Bear's beloved trees? Will Bear hug him or eat him?

What do we love about it?
The startled faces of the various creatures (rabbit, moose, bird, skunk, snake, beaver) who find themselves locked in Bear's loving embrace made us laugh and snort at the same time. Truly, the toothsome beaver looks like he's about to wet his pants...if he had pants, that is.

What does it remind us of?
Ferdinand the Bull. Like the peaceful Ferdinand, Bear is a gentle, nature-loving soul trapped in the body of a ferocious-looking beast.

What is it perfect for?
Share this sweet, funny book with kids on Earth Day (April 22), World Hug Day (Jan 21), or any day a good bear hug is in order.

What do we say about it?
We love this bear! He can hug our trees any time.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

In the Coop with Dian Curtis Regan

Three things we love about Dian Curtis Regan:

1. Dian has written more than fifty (50!) books for children, including our recent favorite, Barnyard Slam (illustrated by Paul Meisel), starring Yo Mama Goose and a cast of poetry-spouting farm friends.

2. She collects trivia about redheads. (Chick Trivia: In our next life we three chicks hope to be reincarnated as Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and Myrna Loy -- all fabulously funny redheaded ladies.)

3. She also collects walruses. Really.

Without further ado, we give you the lovely redheaded Dian Curtis Regan...

First act as Dictator for Life?

Make the world gather every Saturday afternoon at the park to learn how to play nice together.

What kids lit character would you like to vote off the island?

The mother in Love You Forever.

What kids lit character would you share your last twinkie with?

Katniss from The Hunger Games—as long as she didn’t poison my twinkie.

What TV family would you like to be adopted by?

I could live in Oprah’s world.

Worst job in the universe?

Filing rejection letters.

Dream job for a day?

Casting characters for the Princess Nevermore movie.

Marx Brothers or Three Stooges?

Marx Brothers, whose poster was on the wall in my office closet for years.

Clown V. Mime Deathmatch. Pick your winner.

Since clowns usually have red hair which annoys us redheads, I’d go with the mime.

Funniest dead person you’d like to meet?

Gilda Radner.

Best use for a book shaped object? (You know, one of those things sold as books but which should never ever have been published.)

Several are currently supporting my air purifier.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sunday Love

A Three Silly Chicks' Pick

Sunday Love
by Alison Paul
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
ISBN 978-0-618-99184-6

What is it?
A mostly wordless wonder which tells the tale of a forlorn convict (complete with stripes, ball and chain) looking for his true love. The illustrations follow his clever escape and the Keystone Cop chase that follows from from to frame of this clever book.

What do we love about it?
The black and white and red illustrations brimming with funny details and subplots. We found ourselves flipping back and forth from page to page just to soak in more of the fun.

What does it remind us of?
Reminds us that we clearly need more time to enjoy the good things in life -- like ice cream sundaes and this book!

What is it perfect for?
It's perfect for anyone who loves ice cream, cops and robbers, and pouring over treasure maps.

What do we think?
Sunday Love is a delectable treat from start to finish. Kids will revisit this one over and over and over . . .