Posted tagged ‘Humor’

Don’t Be Smug! A PB Review

May 20, 2021

Sometimes you just need a good laugh, and Smug Seagull provided that for me. This book is written and illustrated by Maddie Frost. The format is a combination of prose and graphic picture book. Seagull has a high opinion of himself and his masterful way of snatching snacks from unsuspecting beachgoers. He thinks he is “the best snack swiper from shore to shore.” Until…the day Seagull confronts a small crab.  Seagull’s confidence is shaken when he is unable to snatch a french fry from Crab. Crab continues to outwit Seagull’s efforts. When Seagull tries to snatch snacks from beachgoers, they fight back. Seagull is devastated as he realizes he has lost his swipe. Seagull abandons hope and decides to move to a lake and “eat soggy breadcrumbs with ducks.” Until…Crab shows up once again and shows Seagull how easy it is to snag a snack just by being cute and courteous. Seagull teams up with Crab and discovers a little humility goes a long way. The hilarious text and illustrations in this book are sure to keep readers laughing.

Home for the Holidays

November 26, 2020

COVID-19 is making itself a disastrous nuisance throughout the country as doctors and local officals plead with citizens to shelter in place during this holiday season. I guess the song, “Home for the Holidays” is very appropriate this year. Since many of us are stuck at home with no place to go, I thought I’d inject a bit of humor into this unusual Thanksgiving.  

“What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” ~Erma Bombeck

“Thanksgiving—when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn’t have to cook.” ~Melanie White



“There’s always something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Even if it’s just not being a turkey.” ~Unkown

My good friend, Amelia Bedelia, gave me some tips on how to dress a turkey. She’s such a character!

“May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!”

~Anonymous

However you celebrate this Thanksgiving, I wish you happiness. Be safe, be thankful, and hope the COVID-19 vaccine comes soon.

PB Review: WE WILL ROCK OUR CLASSMATES

October 15, 2020

We Will Rock Our Classmates

Penelope T. rex tends to stand out in a group. Penelope is a dinosaur. Her classmates only see her as a dinosaur, but Penelope is much more than that. She loves all sorts of things, but most of all she loves to play rock ‘n’ roll music on her guitar. Penelope signs up for the school talent show, but she’s nervous. At rehearsal, Penelope freezes and thinks maybe dinosaurs can’t play rock ‘n’ roll. She crosses her name off the list and is resigned to being just a dinosaur. Daddy T. rex steps in and shows Penelope pictures of all the accomplishments by her family and encourages her “to be anything you want to be.” The next day at school, Penelope almost loses her courage to sign up again until a few of her friends ask if they can be in her band. On the night of the talent show, Penelope is as nervous as ever, but she remembers what Daddy T. rex told her and she becomes a rock star. We Will Rock Our Classmates is written and illustrated by the talented Ryan T. Higgins who also wrote the hysterical We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. His newest book doesn’t disappoint. Clever lines referring to dinosaurs and amusing illustrations will keep kids and adults laughing with each page turn.     

PB Review: SOAKED!

October 8, 2020

Soaked!

It’s raining and Bear and his friends are not happy. Bear, a bit of a grump, finds nothing is fun in the rain. He and his friends retreat to Bear’s cave, but Hula-Hooping Moose is taking up too much room playing with his hula- hoop. Back outside in the rain, Bear wants his umbrella, but it’s missing so he grumps on his log. All the while, Hula-Hooping Moose entertains himself with his hula hoop until it lands in the branches of a tree. Bear, Badger, and Rabbit manage to build an animal tower to retrieve it, but they topple to the ground with the hula hoop. The friends encourage Bear to give it a try. He is surprised how much fun hula-hooping, splashing in rain puddles, and getting Soaked! with his friends can be. When the rain stops, what do you think happens? You’ll have to read this hilarious book written and illustrated by Abi Cushman. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Putting Christmas Away

January 4, 2018

Ah… The Christmas Season! I love it! Decorations. Lights. Family. Friends. Festive foods. It’s like no other time of year. Our home is decorated to the nines. In every nook and cranny, there is something special. It’s been said our house throws up Christmas!

The holidays are over, and all I can say is – THANK GOODNESS! Yup, this is me, Mrs. Christmas saying, Bah Humbug!

The arrival of my daughter, favorite (and only) son-in-law, and three granddaughters on the day before Christmas Eve was the inciting incident. We were totally excited about celebrating Christmas with a four-month-old, and two-year-old twins. Yay! Fun times!

But wait! An unexpected Christmas gift came along with them. From the moment they walked through the door, the nasty flu bug was on their heels. Illness permeated the house. Suddenly, the happy family gathering became one of cranky little ones and cranky big ones, dealing with ear infections, coughs, and fevers.

On Christmas morning, I walked into the kitchen to be greeted by one of my granddaughters throwing up at the kitchen table. Fast action by my son-in-law caught the mess in his hands. (Merry Christmas, Mimi!)

The kitchen emptied out quickly, and I was the only one to remain. I spent the rest of the day there, carrying on a conversation with myself and preparing our Christmas dinner. (Hello, is anyone there? I could use some help!) No one listened to my call. They were busy napping or taking care of the sick. By the time six o’clock rolled around, everyone managed to present themselves at the dinner table. A champagne toast was made, and, as my granddaughters say, “we clinked glasses.” That one glass of champagne was the best Christmas present ever! (More, please!)

After our daughter’s family left, my husband and I took time to enjoy the peace and quiet after the chaos and recuperate. On Tuesday of this week, we began the task of “putting Christmas away.” This ritual always makes me sad. All the preparations and anticipation that go into the holidays disappear (poof!) just like that.

Well, almost. These are the last remnants of our holiday decorations. I’m sending them down to the dungeon to think about how they can make next year’s holiday season a more joyous and healthy one. Or better yet, I think my husband and I will spend Christmas at my daughter’s house and sit and enjoy whatever the holiday brings.

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Now, with a squeaky clean and disinfected house, it’s time to dive into 2018 with gusto. I have high hopes for a great year for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Winning Team

November 16, 2017

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Author, Mac Barnett, and illustrator, Jon Klassen, have teamed up once again to create another winner. The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse is a tongue in cheek or a-duck-and-a-mouse-in-a-wolf’s-belly tale. Everything about this book is perfect – the pacing, the dialogue, the humor, and the delightfully funny illustrations done in muted tones and mixed media. The story is simply told. A mouse is gobbled up by a wolf and meets a duck who lives inside the wolf’s belly. The mouse sees life is good for the duck and wants to stay. The two celebrate with a dance and give the wolf a woeful stomach ache. Things go well for the duck and the mouse until a hunter tries to shoot the wolf. The duck and the mouse fight to defend their home and save the wolf who is thankful not to have perished at the hands of the hunter. He grants the two a favor. What did they ask? To find out the rest of the story, you’ll have to read this hilarious book!

Problems, Problems

April 27, 2017

Tuesday was World Penguin Day. Who can resist penguins? They’re cute, and they waddle. I hope you didn’t forget your inner child and you waddled like one on Tuesday.

Did you know that sometimes penguins have problems? Read on.

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Penguin Problems written by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith, Random House Books for Young Readers.

Penguin is having a bad day. Nothing is right. It’s too early. It’s too cold. There’s too much snow. It’s too bright. It’s one problem after another. Then a walrus comes along with some inspirational words about appreciating what you have. It takes Penguin a while to realize there is a point to the walrus’s words, and Penguin begins to see the world around him as a better place. But then again, there are always Penguin problems. Lane Smith’s delightful illustrations combined with Jory John’s text make this book a laugh-out-loud success for both children and adults.

Waddle to your local library or bookstore and pick up Penguin Problems and some of my other penguin favorites.

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Penguin and Pinecone: a friendship story written and illustrated by Salina Yoon, Walker & Company

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 Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups written and illustrated by Tadgh Bentley, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

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 Grumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer, Albert Whitman & Company

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 And Tango Makes Three written by Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

 

Cut to the Humor

February 23, 2017

Humor:  The quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech; a mood or state of mind.

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We Are Growing! is a beginning reader written and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Some people (adults) may not find this book humorous. Kids certainly will. I, an adult with a child-like sense of humor, find this book hilarious! The main characters are seven blades of grass and one weed that grow. If you can’t see the humor in grass and a weed growing, then you don’t know Laurie Keller and her work. Ms. Keller’s artistic expression shines in the distinctive personalities she gives to each of her characters. To further convey humor, she incorporates various elements – onomatopoeic words, speech bubbles, and superlative forms of words used by the main characters to describe themselves. And then there are those cute little bugs that make an appearance. When the blades of grass realize they’re growing in very different ways, they each find a quality that makes them exceptional in one way or another. Only one blade of grass can’t decide what he is. Time is of the essence because there is a loud buzzing noise headed for the grass. (The horror of it all!) Don’t worry. In the end, all turns out well. With spare text and repetition, this is a perfect book for beginning readers, but don’ let the simplicity of it fool you. This book is as much for adults as it is for children. Kids will see it as silly, and if you’re an adult, subliminal layers of humor are there for the taking. Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie characters give this book a great send-off and an “end-off.” As Elephant and Piggie say, “This book is the FUNNIEST!”

By the way, Laurie Keller’s book We Are Growing! won the 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader. Who’s laughing now?

 

 

 

An Out of this World Book!

September 15, 2016

I’m always on the lookout for picture books that entertain readers – especially if I’m reading it multiple times to youngsters. While at our local library, I found a book that does just that.

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Best Frints in the Whole Universe is written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis − an award-winning author. Kids and adults who have a lively sense of humor will love this book. Portis has a wonderful grasp of wordplay. She uses words that are spelled and pronounced differently but are easily translated into our everyday language. The illustrations are bold, bright, and hysterical. The theme is friendship, but sometimes these friends don’t always get along. A poke in the eye, a bite on the tail, some angry words, and a ruined spossip are actions that could mean the end of their relationship, but these quirky characters manage to patch things up. No matter how you say it or read it, the two will always be “best frints.” Don’t forget to look at the end pages. It’s a picture dictionary of words used on the planet Boborp. If you want an out of this world experience, read this book!

Make sure to go to your library and find other great books.

Don’t miss next week’s blog. The winner of the Toby giveaway will be announced! If you want a chance to win a swag bag and the book, make a comment on my last week’s blog before 11:59 tonight, 9-15-16. 

 

 

Summer Reading

June 23, 2016

Summer reading. Share the adventure!

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Check out these websites for some great summer reading choices for kids.

Summer Reading Guide 2016 Ages 0-12

Science is for Girls:  25 Books About Female Scientists  

The New York Times® Bestsellers:  Children’s Picture Books 

ALSC Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading Lists for Kids Ages 6-14

100 Best Books Every Boy (and Girl) Should Read 

 

 

 

 


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