on the off-chance that you haven’t yet read “the dot” by peter h. reynolds, please run out to your nearest bookstore (preferably a small, independently owned bookstore like “storyteller” in lafayette, ca) and get it. just get it. you’ll see why. and while we’re at it, here are my other must-have children’s books for the young and young-at-heart. i’m going to stay away from the obvious ones (like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Where the Sidewalk Ends) and go for the more obscure ones you might not have taken notice of. and if you don’t have a small, wonderful, independently-owned bookstore (like “storyteller” in lafayette, ca) why not check them out of your local library! libraries are the cat’s pajamas. ok, here goes:
an outstanding book not only because it’s Dahl, but because George says that his wicked grandmother’s mouth resembles a “dog’s bottom”
don’t miss the cd recording of this as well, narrated by richard grant…
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
one of the most touching books i’ve read in a long time…the story of a little girl who brings joy to her sad uncle’s life
What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum
i adore this book and so do my boys, especially when i read it out loud and use a crotchety old lady voice for grandma. hilarious and touching…
Herbert’s Treasure by Alice Low
i read this when i was very young and i still just adore herbert with his big, curly hair and his round glasses. the perfect book for a little boy or girl who sees treasure in junk.
Good Morning Sam by Marie-Louise Gay
“Stella!” called Sam. “I can’t find my underpants.” (need more be said?)
Little Blue Little Yellow by Leo Leoni
i bought this at the national gallery in washington d.c….for those of you who love Leo Leoni already (Swimmy,Frederick, etc) you’ll just love this one. great for learning how different colors make new colors, and also a wonderful message about understanding and friendship…
The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
who can resist a big bad wolf who makes 100 pancakes? not me
The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola
now, i’ll admit…i’m a sucker for Tomie. strega nona. big anthony. but the artist in me must say that this is my all-time favorite. i think we’ve all had a miss landers and a miss bowers in our lives. so, here’s to using all 64 crayons.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudson
oh, this book is just too wonderful. the illustrations are superb and the story just makes my day. a must have.
The Happy Hocky Family by Lane Smith
You might know Smith from “Stinky Cheese Man” fame, but you’ve got to get this one. best line? “Do you have a string? I have a string.” Read it and you’ll see why it’s so awesome.
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
unbelievable. laugh out loud hilarious. we listened to the cd of this (read by none other than miranda richardson) on an eight hour drive and we laughed the entire time.
“i’m not familiar with the ‘boy and pig’ series,” she said.
“that’s cause it’s australian,” said Horrid Henry
this is fun…i’m going to have to think of more.