Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hot Off The Press! New Picture Books (11)

This is a feature that I do weekly called Hot Off The Press!  based on my visits to Vroman's Bookstore and checking out their wall of new picture books.  Here are the 3 new releases that stood out from the pile this week:

Buglette: The Messy Sleeper
Author/Illustrator: Bethanie Murguia

Publisher: Tricycle Press (May 10, 2011)
Audience: Toddler/Preschool

Buglette is a tidy bug by day but when her dreams take over she becomes a very messy sleeper.  This is a concern for her family especially because it may put them at risk of attracting unwanted attention.  A nice twist on the theme of being different and how that might just help her family. Sweet watercolor illustrations really made this book extra special for me.

Below is the official book trailer for Buglette.


Bee & Bird
Author/Illustrator: Craig Fraiser
Publisher: Roaring Book Press (May 10, 2011)
Audience: Toddler/Preschool

Wordless picture books sometimes require more than one reading to fully appreciate them.  When I first flipped through this book, I thought "hmmm, interesting", but it was on the second closer viewing that I really began to appreciate the visual perspective of the various illustrations.  Bee rides on Bird's head and as they fly from one spot to another there is some fore-telling of what is to come from looking at parts of the pictures.  The book has a nice wrap-up for the story.

How To Get A Job By Me The Boss

Author:  Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrator: Sue Heap

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (May 10, 2011)
Audience: Kinder to Second

I couldn't help but laugh out loud when reading this one. An interesting perspective on how to get a job from the eyes of a child as told to her baby brother. Loved the part where in the interview she reminds him "You shouldn't EVER bite the Boss when he is talking to you. Or sit in his lap. Or fall asleep." Young children will enjoy this a lot and parents will get a kick out of it as well.