Must Have NOW! (or this fall)

If You Give a Mouse an Iphone

Winner of the prestigious Best Book I’ve Never Read Medal!  This title has gobs of unpacked potential!!

(Coming this fall)


Mo Willem’s Motivation to Write

Goldilock and the Three Dinosaurs

In picture books, absolutely brilliant writing will help me overlook simplistic illustrations. (The opposite is rarely true.) Apparently I’m not alone, because Mo Willems‘ smash hit picture book career has consisted of an entire collection of such books.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is another fantastically funny addition to Willems’ collection.

In this spin-off, the “poorly supervised” Goldilocks ignores all common sense and trespasses onto the Dinosaurs’ residence. There she scarfs down all three bowls of chocolate pudding regardless of their temperature because IT”S CHOCOLATE!!! (Personally, I’d do the same.) Eventually she grows suspicious of the noises outside the house that sound like dinosaurs (who  want to eat her) and she escapes their trap just in time.

A few years ago a child asked Willems’ where he gets his inspiration to write such creative stories. He said, “I’m lucky. My motivation comes in the mail. It’s called bills!” Whatever the source, it’s working. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is another great read aloud.


On the Lighter Side of Halloween: Goodnight Goon

Goodnight Goon

Spoofs delight me. Sure, the genre can be overdone. But a very familiar book, with a totally new twist, is fun. (Unlike most sequels).

Like Goodnight iPAD, this is a reworking of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, Goodnight Moon set in a comically creepy context with a fun ending. It made me smile. Plus, Halloween is just around the corner!

Goodnight Moon

The Quiet Old Lady is Not Whispering “Hush”

Goodnight Moon

I literally laughed out loud the first time I read this.  Bedtime at my house looks like this from time to time.  This story revisits the “quiet old lady” who whispers “hush”.  But she’s not whispering this time because the house is full of noise from techno-gadgets galore. She goes all Chuck Norris on everyone’s digital devices and sends the family packing to bed.

Spin offs have a special place in my heart.  I love the goofy/fun/modern slant they bring to old stories.  Even those of you who are unfamiliar with Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, Goodnight Moon, will appreciate “Ann Droyd‘s” (aka – David Milgram’s) recreation.

Goodnight Moon