The primal instinct to protect their young can drive mothers to extreme measures. Ol’ Mama Squirrel, for one, is prepared to do anything to defend her home and babies — and woe betide anyone (or anything) that dares draw her ire! But even a fierce mama needs a little help now and then, especially when faced with a bear-sized problem.
There’s something about balloons that just spells fun; more so if they’re helium-filled and seem to take on a life of their own — almost like ephemeral pets threatening to escape as soon as you loosen your grip on their flimsy leashes. Then again, watching them float away to an unknown destination is part of the magic, isn’t it?
Three little bears break their mother’s beautiful blue seashell by accident. And so, knowing that they are in a lot of trouble, they quickly set out in their sailboat to find another one to replace it before she discovers what they have done.
The only thing tougher than creating a critically acclaimed bestseller, is writing its sequel, since the fans’ expectations are predictably sky high. So when it was announced that the dynamic duo of Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt were releasing the followup to The Day the Crayons Quit, the question on everyone’s mind was: will it be as good as the original? And now that we’ve finally gotten our hands on The Day the Crayons Came Home, the answer is no — it’s BETTER.
Judging from the success of The Walking Dead and the hilarious Zombieland that I finally got around to watching recently, zombies have become pretty mainstream fare. Thus, it might come as no surprise that they have also entered the realm of picture books.
Martha hates green beans. But when a gang of lean, mean and green b(e)andits swagger into town, everyone who has ever said “Eat your green beans” is in trouble — including her parents — and it’s up to Martha to save them.
When a train packed with toys and food for children becomes stranded on the wrong side of the mountain, the toys onboard try to get help from passing trains like the Shiny New Engine and the Big Strong Engine — to no avail.
I have a soft spot for books about books, and this is a really special one. Ostensibly a simple story about a boy and a book, this is really a love story, complete with its tentative tender beginnings, the passionate ‘honeymoon’ stage, and finally, the bittersweet parting (note that I didn’t use the word ‘ending’).
When his family moves into an old house, Howard can’t sleep because he thinks there’s a monster under his bed, even though his mom insists there’s no such thing. Meanwhile, under Howard’s bed, a “non-existent” little monster is afraid because he hears a boy above his bed, but HIS mom is adamant that there’s no such thing!