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Kid’s Corner - Mo Willems Always Makes Me Smile

My daughter cycles through books.  Every day she carries around one selected book with her everywhere she goes.  The other day she picked up  a book that we haven’t read for a while, Mo Willems’ Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late.  I love this book (all of Mo’s books, actually).

In Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late Pigeon is trying to avoid going to bed.  He tries everything!  He’s not tired he argues, he pleads to count stars, he even tries to convince you that his bunny likes to stay up late.  If you have kids, babysat for kids or been exposed to kids at bedtime this book will make you smile every time you read it because you have heard all of these excuses before.

In the Pigeon series the illustrations are simple line drawings so they appeal to young kids.  They are also able to appeal to older kids (and parents too) because Mo has a way of expressing the emotion of the situation through his art.  

If you are not familiar with Mo Willems you should definitely check him out.  He is a New York Times bestselling author and is best know for his Caldecott Honor books  Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale (another family favorite) and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.  

And if you do need an excuse to get your kids to be you can use the same bit of wisdom I picked up along the way.  ”But Mommy I’m not tired!”  ”That is ok, I am so you need to go to bed now.”  How can she argue with that!

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What’s Happening in the Bookshop - I Spy!

Scholastic’s I SPY brand is celebrating 20 years! 

“For twenty years, I SPY has engaged, educated and entertained children and families around the world with its uniquely brilliant approach to seek-and-find,” said Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc. “The brand is as vibrant and relevant as ever, as kids experience I SPY products on all of the platforms that they love.”

“The I SPY books will always be a staple in children’s language and learning development because they help children look at words more carefully, use language more vividly and think more creatively,” says Francie Alexander, Senior Vice President of Scholastic Education and Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic Inc.

To help celebrate we have created our own I SPY case in the bookshop (just below the Indie Bestsellers) and Ryann has written a poem for the items to be found.  Stop by with your kids and see if you can spy all of hidden treasures.

I spy marbles orange, yellow & blue,

Three jolly snowmen and a train – choo choo!

Candy canes, candy canes, one, two, three,

Can you spy the broken one, where can it be?

Two drums to spot:  one big and one small,

Then it’s on to gingerbread men – 7 in all!

One giant snowman looking at me,

Blue, pink, green, Spy the balls W, S, B!

A bird, two dradles, four polar bears, too –

Spot the penguin looking down – not at you!

Three wise men, two stars, and angel a glow

I spy a blank skunk all covered with snow!

Pine cones, holly – having a ball,

Can you spy baby Jesus – ever so small?

Snowflakes, snowflakes, all over the place,

Red stockings, green trees, spy a Santa face!

Last but not least – our friends from the hundred acre wood,

All four names – do you know them?  Your should!

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Kids Corner - “Lion Library” by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

In this New York Times bestseller Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.

This is a heartwarming story about being nice, following the rules and helping others.  It also teaches kids about why it is okay to break the rules, sometimes.  With beautiful illustrations this book is sure to be a favorite among kids.  Who wouldn’t want to go to the library and curl up with a good book and a lion? 

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Kids Corner - Roger Hargreaves and “Mr. Men and Little Miss”

I had never heard of Roger Hargreaves and I had only peripherally seenMr. MenandLittle Miss.  I was more familiar with their images than the books themselves.  One day we got the whole series into the store and that was the end of my ignorance forever.  My 4 year old daughter saw the books in our kids section and fell in love.  Whenever she comes into the shop she always picks up one of the Hargreaves books for someone to read to her (or all of them if she can sucker her daddy into it). 

The whole Mr. Men series started in 1971 when Adam, Roger’s son, asked him, “What does a tickle look like?”  Roger was then inspired to create a little orange man with a big toothy grin, a blue hat and extraordinarily long arms. You’ll laugh until it hurts when Mr. Tickle goes on a terrific tickling spree!  That led to many more brilliant ideas:  Mr. Greedy, Mr. Noisy, Mr. Happy, Mr. Bump, Mr. Sneeze to name a few.

The Little Missseries was then spun off from Mr. Men to include Little Miss Brainy, Little Miss Busy, Little Miss Curious and many more.

Published in a small, white square format the books were an instant success and their success continues today. 

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Kids Corner - “Dragons Love Tacos”

Being a lover of tacos I was immediately drawn to a new book on our bookshelf,Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. 

What’s not to love about tacos?  They are crunchy, you make them on the fly, you eat them with your hands, tacos are delicious!  So why shouldn’t dragons love them too?  They do!  They love them so much that is all they think about.  Dragons also love parties, their favorite kind being taco parties of course.

There is just one catch, they hate spicy salsa.  If you want to find out why you will have to read the book (I’m not going to spoil it for you).

Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, the team behind the equally hilarious Those Darn Squirrels!, bring their kooky appreciation to this adorable story about what can go wrong at a taco party for dragons. Salmieri’s pencil-and-watercolor drawings are not only a zany delight, they’re also strangely beautiful. The dragons may screw up the taco party, but they make everything right in the end.

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