Well, I'm back! Did you miss me? I've been pretty busy the past few weeks, and Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday has been put on the back burner at my blog. But now it's back (and so am I :D) - with this delightful book that charmed my socks off.
Author/Illustrator: Karla Strambini
Publisher: Candlewick, 2014, fiction
Age Range: 5-8
Theme/Topics: imagination, fear, changing the world, confidence
First Sentence:There once was a man named Norman Qwerty...whose ideas were far from ordinary.
Synopsis: Mr. Qwerty worries that his ideas might seem strange, so he keeps
them under his hat. But extraordinary ideas refuse to stay hidden for
Norman Qwerty is a man of many
ideas, and none of them are the least bit ordinary. He’s quite certain
that no one else thinks the way he does, and this makes him keep to
himself. But when his ideas get too big to hold in, he builds the most
extraordinary thing! Soon the beloved Mr. Qwerty is never alone (unless
he wants to be), and the world will never be the same.
Resources: This book makes use of a couple idioms - thinking cap, keep under your hat. Talk about idioms with the kids - check out this site for a few - and some others here. You can also talk about Rube Goldberg machines (several of which are illustrated in this book)- and perhaps try to make something like one.
Why I LOVE it: I cannot stop thinking about this book. The illustrations are amazing (I think anyone of ANY age could spend an hour at least on each page examining the intricacies), the sparse text is wonderful, the message powerful and empowering. It is absolutely engaging, on so many levels. I think you have to see this one to believe it. And it's by a debut author/illustrator. :)
Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog - and Susanna's ever-growing list of wonderful picture books.
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