bradenrowe's Summer Reading List - 2013
Where the Wild Things Are
In this Sendak classic, Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sendak's color illustrations (perhaps his finest) are beautiful, and each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder.
Knocked from her mother’s embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits.
Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch") is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Big Anthony is supposed to look after her house and her magical pasta pot, but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne make quite a team. But the introduction of gasoline, electric, and diesel shovels means big trouble for Mike and Mary Anne. When a new town hall is needed in Popperville, Mike and Mary Anne are given one last chance to prove their worth and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap.
Green Eggs and Ham
This Dr. Seuss classic features Sam-I-am as he tries to convince an acquaintance that green eggs and ham is, indeed, a delectable meal to be savored everywhere and every way.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
The literacy rate in Farmer Brown's barn goes up considerably once his cows find an old typewriter and begin typing. To the harassed farmer's dismay, his communicative cows quickly become contentious. Soon the striking cows and Farmer Brown are forced to reach a mutually agreeable compromise, with the help of an impartial party: the duck.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.
Caps for Sale
This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity. Children will delight in following the peddlers efforts to outwit the monkeys in this new, enlarged, and redesigned edition, and will ask to read it again and again.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
People of all ages have terrible, horrible days, and Alexander offers us the cranky commiseration we crave as well as a reminder that things may not be all that bad.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
"A told b, and b told c, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'"--which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit.