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 ~


3/7: Children’s Book of The Week: Stephanie’s Ponytail

Stephanie’s Ponytail
by Robert MunschChildren's Book Review
illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Stephanie is a one-of-a-kind sort of girl. So, when she sees that no-one in her class at school wears a ponytail, she decides the be the first to try it out. When she gets to school, all the kids say make fun of her for it, but Stephanie never loses her cool: “It’s my ponytail, and I like it!” So of course everyone copies her the very next day! Stephanie has to up her game if she wants to best the copycats—but how can she top ideas that were originally hers to begin with?

A hilarious story for kids and their parents—and a blast for kids to memorize and tell their own versions of!

~ Author Susan Chodakiewitz is  the founder of Booksicals. Her debut picture book: Too Many Visitors for One Little House is also a live musical and is now available as a musical DVD along with the SNOOZLE DANCE VIDEO for kids. Too Many Visitors for One Little House will soon be released as an e-book with READ to ME musical narration ~

2/28: Children’s Book of the Week; A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes
by David Shannon
Camilla Cream loves lima beans…but she’ll turn every color in the rainbow before she lets anyone find out! In this beautifully bizarre story, Camilla wakes up one morning to find herself covered head-to-toe with rainbow stripes! But the colors won’t stop there. Camilla’s new look can change at the drop of a hat—into whatever people around her want it to be! Her parents bring in Doctors, Specialists, and Experts, but no-one knows why Camilla’s changing colors. Ultimately, Camilla must learn that what other people would like her to be isn’t half as important as who she really is.

A beautiful story about self-confidence and *ahem* showing one’s true colors. Love it!

~ 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 ~


2/21: Children’s Book of the Week; Putting On A Play

Putting On A Play
Putting On A Play Book Review
by Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender

A fun and accessible book of activities geared mainly for kids 8-12, this book gives kids some basic tools for writing their script, designing their set, and making their own (no sew!) costumes. Provides ideas for pirate, princess, explorer, circus, and other themed plays, along with some storyline breakdowns for scenes within them. A great book for kids who love performing, but also a fantastic way to get kids excited about working together for an awesome payoff.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of the picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House. She is the founder of Booksicals books and theatrical.  Booksicals currently performs the picture book Too Many Visitors at schools, libraries, book stores, and special literacy events ~

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 ~

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 ~

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 ~