First, I apologize for not posting last week. It was Christmas and I was off. That’s really no excuse because you can set blogs to automatically publish at a later date, so I do apologize.
Contender Title: Jump
Author: Scott M. Fisher
Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster / 2010
Storytime appeal: This book’s premise is super similar to I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly (or whatever else she swallowed). The main difference is (spoiler!) nobody dies at the end. There are so many things I like about this book for storytime. First, the rhyming text is perfect. IT’s fun to read aloud and that’s important, don’t you think? There is a lot of repetition of the word JUMP! throughout and I can see kids really connecting with that and reading it along with the librarian. Also, the illustrations are fun and silly. There is even one spread that turns the book on it’s side. I love that, it’s like a super special surprise.
Possible themes: It does have a frog on the cover, so maybe frogs. Otherwise, it could be used for a silly storytime or a rhyming storytime. That might be fun… only read books that rhyme.
Contender Title: Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai’i
Author: Gerald McDermott
Publisher/Year: Harcourt Children’s Books/ 2009
Storytime appeal: I will be honest from the get go- I did not discover this book on my own. A friend of mine from library school reviewed it on Goodreads and I felt very compelled to check it out. She’s right, it’s awesome! This is a trickster tale and it is all sorts of silly. An added bonus is that it’s a folktale. I never think of folktales for storytime even though that section has some of the best illustrations and stories. Thank you, Amanda, for reminding me of this great resource!
Possible themes: This would make a good addition to a pig storytime. He is purple after all! I also think it might be neat to go whole hog (ha!) and try to do a trickster storytime.