1/16 – 1/22/12 Children’s Book of the Week: Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet

Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet
by Kelly DiPuccio 
illustrated by Bob Shea
Gilbert Goldfish has it all – gorgeous home, plenty of food, even a chest full of treasure. But Gilbert has a dream. He thought he got his dream when a great, yappy, lappy dog prances around his little fishbowl – but no; the dog just liked barking, and anyway it didn’t stay. Or when a sweet little mouse stops by to nose the glass of his tank – but no; the mouse splits as soon she realizes Gilbert is not a big, swishy chunk of cheese. Gilbert’s heart-broken when his “pets” don’t work out, but he does get his wish eventually, though perhaps in a somewhat different form than he thought.

A fun, rhythmic story with some adorable pictures. Great for preschool and up.

Be sure to also check out the Make Your Own Fishbowl craft on the Crafts For Kids page for an excellent activity to go with this excellent story!

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of the children’s picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House and the founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts.  Too Many Visitors is now available  as an ibook for ipad and iphones with a fun read-aloud musical narration.  http://bit.ly/ibookVisitors  ~

11/14 – 11/20 Children’s Book of the Week: The Sweetest Fig

The Sweetest Fig 
by Chris Van Allsburg 
Bibot is a cold and calculating dentist in France. He has his little white dog for company, Marcel, but even Marcel only reminds Bibot that if he were really rich, he’d have a Great Dane. One day, Bibot pulls the tooth of an old woman who afterwards tells him she can’t pay him in money, but in two magical figs that will make Bibot’s dreams come true. Bibot quickly turns her out without giving her the pain medication he promised her.

Though he disbelieves the old woman’s words at first, the evidence after eating the first fig reveals that the figs are indeed magical, and capable of granting Bibot the limitless wealth he so dearly wants. Unfortunately for Bibot, the fruits of his nasty attitude are about to come back to haunt him.

Beautiful illustrations and a story with a twist, from the author of The Polar Express and Jumanji. Ages 5 and up.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of Too Many Visitors for One Little House. Susan is also a composer, lyricist and producer of musical theater. Too Many Visitors for One Little House is available as a musical DVD ~

5/2: Children’s Book of the Week; Children Make Terrible Pets

Children Make Terrible Pets
by Peter Brown
Lucy has found the cutest critter in the whole forest…it’s a little human boy! She’s calling him Squeaker because he makes such funny sounds, but Lucy’s mom sees the situation differently.

“Don’t you know that children make terrible pets?”

Lucy promises her mama that Squeaker will be her responsibility alone, but for as cute as he is, Squeaker is a very tricky pet! Lucy has to learn that some critters are better kept out in the wild, but she and Squeaker have a good run while it lasts.

Adorable story with a format that reads more like a comic book. Great for ages 4-7.

~ 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 ~

3/14: Children’s Book of the Week: Whoosh! Went the Wish

Whoosh! Went the Wish
by Toby Speed
illustrated by Barry Root
Henry, a sweet but lonely old man in a little cottage by the sea, wants a cat. A lot. He wishes for one everyday. One day, a wish fairy, sick and tired of the urban wishing-scene, goes to Henry in his little cottage to grant him his wish. Piece of cake, right? Not so much, as it turns out! Every time Henry makes his wish, parts of it catch on brambles, or get lost on the wind–and all sorts of crazy starts happening! The Wish Fairy will have to get inventive if she wants to help Henry get the right wish, but will this seriously fed-up fairy be able to make good on her wish to help Henry at all?

A sweet story about simple pleasures told through beautiful watercolors, this book is really ideal for K-3 readers and their parents.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the Founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts and the author of the book
Too Many Visitors for One Little House ~