Thursday, May 28, 2015

Potential Caldecott Winner 2016

I have a funny picture book on the blog today, just in time for summer - because we all know that laughing in the summer is a requirement of the season.  This book also touches on the relationship between siblings, and now that brothers and sisters are home together a lot more often, this book might be a nice reminder that they really do love each other.

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Title: Wolfie the Bunny

Author: Ame Dyckman

Target: Preschool - Kindergarten

What this book is about: 
When the bunny family comes home to find a baby wolf at their door, Mama and Papa are immediately enchanted with the new family addition.  Their daughter Dot reminds them “He’s Going To Eat Us All Up!” As Wolfie grows more and more attached to Dot (she can’t even use the potty without Wolfie next to her) she still knows trouble is brewing.  However, when it turns out Wolfie is the one in trouble, Dot runs to his defense, because after all, he is her little brother, wolf in bunny clothes or not.  

Why I love this book: 
This book is just charming and clever.  One minute you are thinking how cute Wolfie is and the next you are reminded that indeed, he might have the bunny family for diner.  However, despite Dot’s concerns, this wolf is clearly a vegetarian.  And really, who hasn’t felt that their little brother is another species at one time or another?

I love the illustrations by Zachariah OHora.  The book actually has a European feel, although OHora lives in Pennsilvania and he is not an import.  But his artwork is distinctive, original and possess the same dry humor as the author.

Who this book is for: 
While this book is perfect for a child with a new sibling, the illustration and text are funny and fresh and even kids with no brother or sister in sight will delight in this one.

Final thoughts: 
My favorite line in the book comes when Dot is exasperated from warning her parents about Wolfie and final says “skip it!  I’ve got my eye on you buster!”  Just love her!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Wolfie the Bunny  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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