Picture Book of the Month
In the spirit of Christmas,I figured I should check out some Christmas themed picture books. Well, Santa Claws was a winner by a landslide. With its creepy theme and its fun rhymes it is enough to make even the bravest of children shiver in fear of Santa Claws. Even I found myself shaken as we came to the last page which stated that Santa Claws could even visit our own home. This is perfect for both Halloween and Christmas with its Nightmare Before Christmass feel and I would recommend it to just about anyone.
This month I absolutely had to pick the book Crocodaddy by Kim Norman. In this fun rhyming picture book a small boy sets out to "tame his willy Crocodaddy." It is loaded with lots of fun that and kept my own small twins completely entertained along with myself. It is a book kids can easily relate to as a game I am sure we have all played at one point or another. Congratulations Crocodaddy!
This month I am also going to have to go with yet another classic. Where the Wild Things Are is one of my all time favorite books. When I was a child my grandmother would read it to me because I was, in fact, a very wild thing. Now I find myself reading it to my own children for the same reason. Another fantastic thing about this amazing picture book is that it was also illustrated by the author. This is something that is quite rare in the world of childrens books and I think that it is worth applause. It is one thing to be a talented artist, it is another thing entirely to illustrate a childrens book. I find that illustrating a childrens book is another world all in its own. Congratulations to Maurice Sendak.
Since today happens to be my birthday I thought it would be appropriate to choose one of my favorite children's books. This months winner is A Bad Case of Stripes, an adorable book about a little girl who learns that it is important to stay true to who you really are when she comes down with a bad case of stripes. Definitely a MUST read!
One last thing, every month I will be posting The Picture Book of the Month. Since this is the first book of the month I have to go with the twins favorite book. The Pout-Pout Fish. In this clever, cute, rhyming book the Pout-Pout Fish feels as if he has no other choice but to be sad and gloomy just because of his appearance, luckily in the end he finds out what he is really meant for.
“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
― C.S. Lewis