Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Great Pasta Escape by Miranda Paul (Illustrated by Javier Joaquin)

Title: The Great Pasta Escape
Written By:  Miranda Paul
Illustrated By: Javier Joaquin
Published By: Bonnier, 2017

Imprint: Little Bee Books

Genre: Fiction  
Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: Working together 

Opening:  
 Since the beginning of their lives 
(which was earlier that morning),
the pasta at the factory followed the rules.

They stuck to their own kind. 

They stayed still in their packaging.

And they never spoke to humans. 


Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher:  That is, until they discovered what it really means to be pasta...to be eaten by humans! Fettuccine is scared, Rame in outraged, and Macaroni is just trying to keep the peace among all the pasta. Will they be able to all work together to use their noodles and cook up a great escape? 

Why I Like This Book: Punny pasta might just be the most delicious of all. A fun and entertaining way to learn pasta shapes and plan a great escape. 



For MORE about Miranda Paul and her books, click here:
http://mirandapaul.com/




For MORE about Javier Joaquin, click here:
http://javierjoaquin.blogspot.com/

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blobfish Throws a Party by Miranda Paul (Art by Maggie Caton)

TitleBlobfish Throws a Party 

Written By:  Miranda Paul
Illustrated By: Maggie Caton
Published By: Bonnier, 2017

Imprint: Little Bee Books

Genre: Fiction  
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: Loneliness, Hunger 

Opening:  
Blobfish lived at the bottom of the ocean. 
The dark, lonely bottom of the ocean. 
With no lights and no friends. 
And no delicious treats. 


Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: Blobfish lives at the bottom of the ocean with no lights, no friends, and no delicious treats. The only way he can think to change is to 1. Throw a party or 2 save the world in true hero style. He decide to go with option #1. 

However, when he announces "Deep-sea party!" Bring a treat to share! the mermaids hear cheap free party! Sling on a sheet to wear!" and the shorebirds hear "Cheep-peep party! Sing and tweet with flair" and so on!

Soon the whole world is partying in strange and wacky ways and Blobfish is still sad and alone at the bottom of the sea. will Blobfish get his lights, friends and delicious treats?

Why I Like This Book: Blobfish is a unique and interesting character. Children will definitely feel for him, all alone on the bottom of the sea. And despite his circumstances, Blobfish comes out of his comfort zone and attempts to solve his problem in a way that makes a ripple pass around the world and solve his problem in a fun and wacky way. 

For MORE about Miranda Paul and her books, click here:
http://mirandapaul.com/

For MORE about Maggie Caton and her books, click here:
mcaton.com


Friday, August 11, 2017

PPBF: Are We Pears Yet? By Miranda Paul (Pictures by Carin Berger)


TitleAre We Pears Yet?
Written By:  Miranda Paul
Pictures By: Carin Berger
Published By: Roaring Brook Press, 2017

Imprint: Neal Porter Books 

Genre: Fiction (STEM) 
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: Science (Growth Cycle) 

Opening:  
Are we pears yet?

No. We are seeds.




Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: Join two young seeds who just can't wait to grow up and become pears in this clever and hilarious informational picture book that will make you look at growth cycles and fruit trees in a whole new way. 
Why I Like This Book: Filled with puns, this is a fun and simple (yet entertaining) way to convey the science of the growth cycle of a fruit tree to little ones. I really enjoyed the clever and theatrical way of teaching a concept in a clear and understandable way. 
For MORE about Miranda Paul and her books, click here:
http://mirandapaul.com/

For MORE about Carin Berger and her books, click here:
http://www.carinberger.com/


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