It's been a while, eh? :)Well, it appears I might be SLOWLY working my way back into blogging. I found a blog hop/meme that I think will be QUITE fun, and decided to jump in this week. I guarantee it won't be an every week thing - but I'll certainly share on occasion.
Just for your own info - Perfect Picture Book Friday is a feature on children's author Susanna Leonard Hill's blog where people share information on favorite picture books on their own blogs, then link their post in the gadget on her post. She keeps an entire list of all the ones featured for anyone's reference (check it out here!). Now that I am reading a picture book a day for research, I figure this will be a good place to share my gems. And I have to tell you, my first one is JUST that!
Title: Guess Again!
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Adam Rex
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009, Fiction
Age Range: 4-8 years
Theme/Topics: guessing, humor
He steals carrots from the neighbor's yard.
His hair is soft, his teeth are hard.
His floppy ears are long and funny.
Can you guess who? That's right! My...
Synopsis: Trust me - the answer is NOT what you think! This is a book that will kep you guessing again and again and again (and laughing!). The author sets up what seem to be "easy" rhymes - but then each one is absolutely NOT what you would expect. The illustrations add to the fun.
Resources: Personally, I think this would be an AWESOME mentor text for kids learning about poetry - and probably surprises/twists in writing as well. Inference as well. :) Studying the rhyme and meter and such could help them learn, in a fun way, what makes a poem a poem.
Why I love it: It is, in a word, hysterical. The poetry is so masterfully done that the surprise at the end of each stanza is completely, well, surprising. The art is super clever - and it is fun (for adults AND kids) to figure out how they were "fooled." I shared this book with my kids (ages 10 and 13) - they loved it. With my husband, my hairdresser, and just about anyone who would listen - and each one was delighted. So extremely, extremely clever.
So, hope you'll give this one a look - and check out OTHER perfect picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's place.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1
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