8/22 – 8/28 Children’s Book of the Week: You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum
by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser 
Told entirely through illustrations, the story follows the (mis)adventures of a loyal museum guard who makes the mistake of promising to look after a little girl’s yellow balloon. Confident her balloon is in good hands, the little girl and her grandmother look at all the wonders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Meanwhile, the balloon escapes, the guard gives chase, and panic ensues! Each new wreck of a scene that the balloon creates in its passing is cleverly paired with a famous painting at the museum, which the girl and her grandmother obliviously enjoy.

A fun, whimsical story! The lack of words also provides very young readers the chance to embellish the story themselves, and let their imaginations run wild with the wonderful illustrations.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is a composer, writer, lyricist and children’s book author.  She founded Booksicals in 2009 to encourage a love of reading through the arts.  Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut picture book ~

6/13 – 6/20 Children’s Book of the Week: Camille and the Sunflowers

Camille and the Sunflowers: a Story about Vincent Van Gough
by Laurence Anholt A Story about Vincent Van Gough
Vincent, a strange but enigmatic painter, has just arrived in town – and Camille and his family are the only ones who don’t want to drive him out of it. Vincent doesn’t have any money or friends, but Camille and his family are kind to him. In return, Vincent paints them, the town, and even the sunflowers Camille gave him when he first arrived. Everyone finds Vincent’s paintings very strange and won’t buy them, but Camille thinks they are beautiful. Though Vincent must leave Camille’s town, Camille and his family are touched by the strange painter’s presence, and he in return by their unique kindness in a town full of hostile people.

A lovely story, based on some facts of Van Gough’s actual life. Though there is no mention of the ear incident, there is a very subtle allusion towards the end that might be fun for parents to spot. This book even has a little biography of Van Gough on the back flap. Beautiful book!

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is a composer, writer, lyricist and children’s book author.  She founded Booksicals in 2009 to encourage a love of reading through the arts.  Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut picture book ~

2/7/2011: Children’s Book of The Week; The Rainbow Goblins

The Rainbow Goblins
by Ul de Rico

Originally painted on canvas three times the size of the actual illustrations, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the Rainbow Goblins. These goblins have drunk dry all the colors to all the rainbows everywhere but one, untouched valley.  The rainbow goblins journey to the valley, eager to get their lassoes around the last few rainbows…but they didn’t plan on nature fighting back! A story about the consequences of greed, The Rainbow Goblins is a great story set to wonderfully imaginative illustrations. Be sure to also check out its sequel, The White Goblin.

 

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is a composer, writer, lyricist and children’s book author.  She founded Booksicals in 2009 to encourage a love of reading through the arts.  Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut picture book ~