Big Plans by Bob Shea,
I think my favorite picture book ever. At least it's my favorite funny picture book ever. I must post about this book about every other month. (I'm in! says the Mynah bird.)
Now here's the new book:
Dog in Charge by K.L. Going
I love where the cats hide as dog doggishly tries to find them and herd them into obedience. You must check out this book. You must!
We've also stumbled on a beautiful book I absolutely adore for so many reasons.
The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart and David Small. I won't do the book justice trying to explain it, but the story is full of hope and beauty and imagination and love. The struggles of an immigrant family are embedded in the pages with such a light, but careful hand. Oh, what a great book!
This husband/wife team also wrote another of my favorites:
Be prepared to cry when you read this book aloud. And please do. Today.
We are also enjoying Rosemary Well's newest offering:
Pictures on every page! Beautiful pictures. A fantastic setting. Mice living amongst the snobby and trying to fit in. Read aloud to your kindergartener or first grader. Give it to your second and third grader to read on their own (or with you). Leave it out for your upper elementary kid to read when no one is looking.
This reminds me a great deal of another favorite:
Secrets at Sea by the fabulous Richard Peck. Oh boy—everyone should read this one or have it read aloud. I won't even give it an age limit. I loved it.
Oh, and of course there's:
Tumtum and Nutmeg. Have you read this yet? Please????
And Shaemus is loving a new dark and scary I thought I would share:
Vordak the Incomprehensible by Vordak himself.
Here's a link to Vordak's book trailer:
And here are the dedication and acknowledgements in Vordak's second book, just to give you a taste of him:
"As some of you may recall, I dedicated my first book to myself. It was brought to my attention that this was a sign of inflated self-importance and extreme egomania—which is why I am also dedicating this book to me."
"I would be remiss if I failed to mention the efforts of my agent, Dan Lazar, my editor, Regina Griffin, and all the fine professionals at Writers House and Egmont USA. Folks, your efforts were deplorable."
As I peruse the pages of my scintillating sequel
I am once again reminded I'm a writer without equal
(not Rosemary Wells, but fun!)