12/26 – 1/1/2012 Children’s book of the Week; King Hugo’s Huge Ego

King Hugo’s Huge Ego
by Chris Van Dusen 
King Hugo is a very small man with a very big problem. He cannot and will not consider the ears and feelings of anyone at the recieving end of his epic boasting. He is so haughty, he doesn’t even notice the sorceress he was so discourteous towards casting a very telling little spell on him. Everytime King Hugo boasts, his head literally swells! The king doesn’t even notice for the longest time (with some funny consequences), but even the big-headed King Hugo must realize the consequences of his excessive arrogance and insensitivity, and earn himself a valueable ally in becoming a better person.

Hilarious story with rich, animated illustrations. Best for ages 3 -7.

~ 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  ~

 

12/19 – 12/25 Children’s Book of the Week: Freckleface Strawberry; Best Friends Forever

Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever
by Julianne Moore
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants Patrick are as different as can be – which precisely why they become such good friends. Windy Pants is the biggest and Freckleface Strawberry the shortest kids in their class, so when they are both chosen the very last for games, they start to hang out. They discover they have a lot in common – both have families, love books and play pretend. They do everything together! But the kids of their class have very different ideas friendship and norms between boys and girls. Influenced by peer pressure, Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants stop hanging out together, and do all the things that their new friends tell them they missed when together. Soon though, the two discover its really much better to do what makes them happy, and learn what a true friend really is.

A smart, quirky, beautiful story about friendship. Part of the Freckleface Strawberry series. Best for ages 4 and up.

~ 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  ~

11/21 – 11/26 Children’s Book of the Week: The Seeing Stick

The Seeing Stick
by Jane Yolen 
illustrated by Daniela Terrazzini
Hwei Min is the only daughter of the emperor of China – and blind. The emperor, an inscrutable but devoted ruler and father, offers a reward to anyone in the kingdom who can lift the princess’ blindness. From all over, magicians, sages, and medicine men try their luck at making the princess see. But it is the unlikely figure of a poor old man, and his seemingly ordinary walking-stick, that the princess learns to see – though in a different way than her father expected.

A beautiful classic, from the award-winning author of Owl Moon and The Emperor and the Kite. Ages 3 +.

~ 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 ~

4/25: Children’s Book of the Week; The Duchess of Whimsy

The Duchess of Whimsy
by Randall de Seve
illustrated by Peter de Seve
The Duchess of Whimsy is very particular about how things are done on her turf. Her friends must be fascinating, her clothes must be extraordinary, and food served must be the the most fabulous in the kingdom! In her court, there is no room for the hum-drum–which is too bad for the poor Duke of Norm, who the Duchess has dismissed as boring and plain, but who adores her nonetheless. One day though, the Duchess’ chef gets sick, and while the rest of the court goes digging for truffles, the Duke of Norm goes off and makes himself a nice grilled cheese sandwich. The Duchess in awe of the simple concoction, and wonders if there if something to this ‘ordinary’ business after all!

Illustrated by the famous New Yorker artist and author of the best-selling Toy Boat, this quirky love story is a “charming tale…This is a sure winner and a nice break from routine princess stories” (School Library Review), and I’m inclined to agree!

~ 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 ~

2/14: Children’s Book of The Week; Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
Lilly loves everything about school, but most of all she loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger. Now Lilly knows what else she has to be when she grows up; a teacher! But when Mr. Slinger asks her to wait for show and tell to parade her fabulous new purse, she does something that she really regrets later. A wonderful book about role-models and saying sorry, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is a beloved classic in Kevin Henkes Mouse Book collection. Also check out the more recent Lilly’s Big Day for more of Lilly’s larger-than-life self!

~  Susan Chodakiewitz, Founder of Booksicals is also a composer and song writer.  Her company Booksicals is dedicated to encouragin a love of reading through the arts by taking picture books and bringing them to life ~

1/31: Children’s Book (or two!) of The Week

The Pigeon Wants A Puppy!by mo willems

by Mo Willems
“You know what I’ve always wanted forever (well, at least since last Tuesday)? A PUPPY!” Hilarious for kids and their parents, this cheeky little pigeon will do anything to get a puppy! The pigeon knows he’d make the best puppy owner ever, but quickly discovers a pet-project is a much bigger responsibility than he bargained for!

Willems is the winner of 2 Caldecott honors for Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. He’s also won 6 Emmy awards for his writing on Sesame Street, and it shows in this book. Adorable!
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressedby mo willems

by Mo Willems
Wilbur the naked mole rat is a little weird. He really loves getting dressed up! The other naked mole rats don’t take it at all well—naked mole rats don’t wear clothes! Will Wilbur have to play it safe forever, or can he turn the naked mole rats on to another point of view? More than a story about self-expression, Wilbur is an entirely pink and toothy reminder it only takes one question to create more fun for everyone; “why not?” Another excellent book by the award-winning Mo Willems!

~ 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 ~