Friday, March 13, 2015

Serving Up a Delightful Picture Book

I love picture books that turn kid's expectations upsidown.  There is something so fun about shattering what kids think of as the logical next step and showing them that thinking outside the box can provide a myriad of different solutions.  Isn't that what helps fuel their creativity?

This week I have an engaging book by LeUyen Phan whose illustrations seem to be popping up everywhere.  Her work is whimsical and vibrant so I am so excited to see her branching out into writing her own stories.

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Title:A Piece of Cake

Author:LeUyen Phan

Target:Preschool - Kindergarten

What this book is about: 
Mouse is very excited that it is Little Bird’s birthday so he bakes him a cake.  Along the way to Little Bird’s house he runs into a plethora of farm animals who would like a piece of that cake and they are willing to trade their prized possessions to get some.  Chicken who is sitting on all her eggs trades mouse for a cork?  Squirrel, who is gather nuts, trades a wire and Cow, who is surrounded by milk, pulls out a flyswatter!  When Mouse arrives at Bird’s he has traded away all the cake and has no ingredients for another, but Bird has a plan!

Why I love this book: 
I just love books that turn the obvious around for kids.  With every interaction we expect one thing, but are surprised by another that ends up making perfect sense in the end.  Kids will love seeing how Bear, who is surrounded by bees who need swatting, gets more use out the cork.  Or how Squirrel who is gathering nuts seems the perfect candidate for the net … but no, the flyswatter is perfect.  Kids will delight in the unexpected turn of events.

The illustrations are bold and bright.  Kids who have enjoyed The Princess in Black series or Alvin Ho will quickly recognize her style.  I foresee lots more of Phan as her style is engaging and illustrations are both vivid and whimsical.

Who this book is for: 
Fun book for most kids who like to be surprised by the unexpected,

Final thoughts: 
Clever stuff.  Could Phan be our next Dan Santat?

To purchase this book:
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