Friday, October 19, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday - Oh, Nuts!


Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! I hope this post will be a help to those who love picture books and want to share them with their own children or those they teach.

Before I begin, I do have to give a shout-out to the DETROIT TIGERS! They are going to the WORLD SERIES! Much excitement could be found in my household last night!

Now on to today's book pick...


OH, NUTS! 
Written by: Tammi Sauer 
Illustrated by: Dan Krall

Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers 2012
Fiction for ages 3 to 8

Themes: be yourself, cause & effect, animals

Opening and brief synopsis:
Cutesy, Blinky, and Bob lived at the zoo.
They whooshed through grass,
darted up trees,
and zipped over branches.  But…

From the jacket flap:  Meet Cutesy, Blinky, and Bob. They live at the zoo, where they dream of stardom. But does anyone pay attention to chipmunks? Nooooo. All the zoo-goers are busy gawking at gorillas and clicking cameras at koalas. Oh, nuts! Something must be done. Something big.

Why I like this book:
First, it is by Tammi Sauer.  Need I say more? Probably not, but I'll give you a few other reasons to check this book out. Chipmunks named Cutesy, Blinky and Bob - the names alone show this is a funny book. These chipmunks are quite the characters and you feel their pain that no one pays any attention to them. The ideas they cook up to get noticed are hilarious, and the lesson they learn once they get the attention they “think” they want is a great one for kids to see, especially in a funny, did I just learn a lesson, context.

Resources:
Check out the book trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KBPZfPH8tM.
Get a sneak peek of the book at Dan Krall’s website: http://www.dankrall.com/OhNuts/source/ohnuts.html
Many facts and pictures of squirrels can be found at the National Geographic website or a variety of coloring pages can be found here.

Have a great weekend! 

Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill. For other “Just Right” books and resources listed by theme and title, visit her blog.