Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

The SnatchabookThe Snatchabook, by Helen and Thomas Docherty, 32 pages.
@ SPL: JP Doche

Someone was stealing all the stories in Burrow Down!

In every nest, cave and burrow, it was the same. It happened just as the woodland children were settling down to listen to their favourite bedtime tales – stories of fierce dragons, dangerous pirates, beautiful princess and spooky witches and goblins. Their wonderful bedtime books simply disappeared in the blink of an eye, without a sound!

What would you do if this happened to you?

Little Eliza Brown knew just what to do. When her favourite bedtime tale was snatched from her rabbit burrow, she decided to stay awake with a stack of books (as bait) to find the sneaky culprit. And when she discovered the shy, lonely little Snatchabook who really only wanted someone to read to him, Eliza again knew just what do: she shared her books and bedtime stories with him.

Soon the Snatchabook had returned all of the pilfered books, and Burrow Down was peaceful at bedtime once more.

If you visit Burrow Down today, you might just see the Snatchabook “perched happily on someone’s bed … listening hard to each word said!”

Helen and Thomas Docherty’s charming picture book story, which conveys the value of stories and books, is told in rhyme. Appealing, detailed illustrations complete this delightful woodland mystery.

** Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years.

The Day the Crayons QuitThe Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, 40 pages.
@ SPL: Daywa

What would you do if your crayons suddenly quit and refused to colour?

This is what happened to Duncan one morning at school when he opened his crayon box. There, he found a pile of letters printed by his unhappy crayons.

Red complained of having to colour so many fire engines, strawberries, Santas and Valentine hearts. Why couldn’t another crayon be used instead? Pink was unhappy because he was rarely used. Purple complained that Duncan sometimes used him to colour outside the lines, which looked messy. 

Gray was tired of colouring large animals like elephants and whales. He suggested that Duncan find some small gray animals instead. 

Green had no complaints … except to complain that Yellow and Orange were arguing about the true colour of the sun and were no longer speaking to each other. Could Duncan please settle this silly argument?

Blue hated being short and stubby, having been used so often in skies, lakes, rivers, oceans and raindrops.

And Peach, whose paper wrapping had been peeled away by Duncan, felt naked and was too embarrassed to emerge from the crayon box.  

Poor Duncan! He just wanted to colour his pictures – but at the same time he wanted his crayons to be happy.

Then he had an idea – an idea that made him, his crayons and his teacher very happy.

Children will have so much fun listening to this clever, imaginative, hilarious and wonderfully-illustrated tale about crayons coming to life, each with their own distinct personality!

** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.

Published in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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