This was pretty interesting. It has information about the history and exploration of Antarctica, even where its name came from, and information about different types of creatures who live there. The focus is somewhat on penguins, of course, but it actually works really well and makes for an interesting book with pretty good flow!
This is a really nice Wisconsin alphabet book. It’s got some nice little verses for each letter as well as really interesting sidebar information giving more background on each subject. Graef’s illustrations are really nice as well. She’s especially good at prairie scenes and pioneers, but her modern-day scenes are great too! This is definitely a good book for learning about or celebrating the state of Wisconsin!
I like getting to work in the children’s section at work (this shouldn’t surprise anyone). One of the best things is that throughout the evening I get the opportuntiy to read some picture books that I otherwise probably wouldn’t have read. Last night I was impressed with a few of the books I read (and horribly disappointed with a few). All of them will get written up on my website soon, but I wanted to post a few thoughts in the meantime. My favorites were Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand by Liz and Jay Scott (with help from Alex), Ruby Gloom’s Key to Happiness by Clam Lynch and Hello Kitty Hello World! by Higashi Glaser.
Ok, the first one is obvious why it’s so good. It’s a true story of a four year old cancer patient who decided to raise money for children’s cancer research by holding a lemonade stand and donating all the money. It’s the fact that it’s a true story that really gets you. It’s just so sweet.
The second book is a goth picture book. It’s adorable (I love the way Ruby is drawn) and very funny. Other than the creepy velvet cover, it’s a great book. There aren’t enough real goth picture books out there.
The third book I expected to not be particularly impressed with, but I was totally wrong. It’s a very simple book (there’s almost no text), but it doesn’t need to be more complicated. It tracks Hello Kitty’s travels around the world. Each of the thirteen countries she visits gets a two page spread with “Hello” in the country’s native language, a map showing it’s location in the world, and lots of little labeled pictures. There are pictures of food (Italy has five or so varieties of pasta labeled), costumes, landmarks, customs, and anything else that illustrates that country. It’s somewhat simplistic, but it is so charming that it hardly matters. The pictures are bright and colorful and fun! I just thought it was great. No wonder it’s been in print since 1976!
Anyway, I’ll write up all of these and more later, I just wanted to post a few thoughts now while I had a few minutes!