Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thursday Three: Caldecott Honor Favorites

There are a lot of Caldecott Honor books among my favorite picture books of all time.  Some of them I have already included in other posts.  The three I picked today are all fun books that I have not mentioned yet.  All of the them are part of my personal library.  You should make them part of yours as well.
80364401.  Interrupting Chicken (2011)
As a fellow interrupter, I felt I just had to include this one.  The little girl chicken just can't help but interrupt every bedtime tale her father tries to tell her.  Can you blame her for wanting to yell out warnings to fairy tale characters, or change the ending of the story before something bad happens?  Since she is getting worked up instead of calming down for bed, Papa suggests she tell him a story instead.  The book is just so cute, and the illustrations help portray the overly excited little chicken to a tea.
7669552.  Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2001)
9326858This is one of my daughter's favorites.  She has a little black and white cow hand puppet (Mooey) that my husband wears when reading this to her, with silly voices and all.  She just loves it.  The story is just so silly you can't help but love it.  Poor Farmer Brown.  Night after night the cows post demands on the barn door.  They want heated blankets, or no more milk.  The battle continues until both sides are happy.  If only that was the end of Farmer Brown's troubles.  It really is an adorable book.  It will have you laughing out loud.  Farmer Brown's reactions are the best.  You definitely have to check this book out.
3.  King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (1986)
Audrey and Don Wood (husband and wife team) are two of my favorite collaborators in the picture book world.  This is one of their best books.  "Help! Help! King Bidgood's in the bathtub, and he won't get out!  Oh, who knows what to do?"  This line is repeated throughout the book by the King's page.  One by one the members of the royal court take a stab at luring the King out of his tub.  Instead, each of them end up in the tub with him.  After all, why should he get out when everything they suggest can be done in the tub as well (eating, battling, fishing, dancing).  Not a single member of the court, or all of them together, can figure out how to get the King out of the bathtub.  It is left to the Page to come up with the solution.  The vibrant and detailed illustrations are just marvelous.  They perfectly depict the exuberant King and his increasingly perplexed and simpering court.  The pictures of the Page are the best.  You can tell he thinks they are all idiots, and rightfully so.  I just love this book.

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