Synopses & Reviews
Whoand#39;s that sleeping in our tree?
When a group of kids finds an animal happily napping in their backyard, they set out to discover what it is and where it belongs. As they search and searchandmdash;never noticing all the posters and news articles about a sloth thatand#39;s broken out of the zooandmdash;they finally discover the identity of the snoozing creature. And when sloth wakes up, itand#39;s in for a BIG surprise! Frann Preston-Gannon has created an endearing, adorable, and huggable title character; a group of intrepid children; and a wildly humorous situation that will appeal to young readers.
"'It's hard work being a farmer.' True enough, but when the farm animals are dinosaurs (along with a few carnivorous-looking plants) the challenges ramp up considerably. Those critters eat a lot and require plenty of elbow grease to stay clean the manure pile alone boggles the imagination (while also tickling readers' funny bones, of course). The farmer doesn't exactly take it all in stride, but he's diligent and professional from sunup to sundown and still capable of appreciating how 'new life is always beginning on a farm.' At book's end, it's clear that all the dinosaurs under his care love him maybe a little too much. Preston-Gannon's (How to Lose a Lemur) layered images are rendered in rich, loamy colors, and her consistent use of a single plane gives a good sense of a landscape where there's always another chore to be done. To her great credit, the word 'dinosaur' never appears in the text, which makes the improbable scenario even funnier and more meaningful: whether it's an ant farm or one filled with terrible (but cute) lizards, 'Your farm needs you!' Ages 3 5. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andldquo;First published in the UK in 2013, this day-on-the-farm book takes us through a farmerandrsquo;s chores from sunup to sunset. Thereandrsquo;s one huge factor complicating all the chores: dinosaurs. Not very scary-looking but very big, they have overrun the whole dang farm. The farmer uses the second person to describe his duties, starting with how you have to feed the animals: instead of the expected chicks and ducks and geese crowding around, this time itandrsquo;s a stampede of stegosauruses chasing the farmer and his yummy bale of hay. Next, the farmer washes the necks of looming allosauruses, shovels a small mountain of triceratops manure, and lugs a steak bigger than himself with a T. rex in full, slavering pursuit. The humor comes from the completely deadpan style of the farmer describing the chores, seemingly oblivious to the huge insects, plants, and dinosaurs surrounding him. The collage illustrations add texture and underscore the humor. Dinosaur-crazed children will love this romp.andrdquo; andmdash;Booklist Online
andldquo;Relying on simple shapes and judicious use of white space, droll watercolor paintings reveal the back story of the slothand#39;s unexpected presence. . . . Useful sloth facts and visual vignettes of the sloth as an astronaut, pirate, and knight add gravitas and levity, respectively. A neatly paced, cleverly presented, humorous lesson in awareness.andrdquo; andmdash;Kirkus Reviews
It's hard work being a farmerand#8212;and even harder running a DINOSAUR FARM! Children will love spending a day on this vibrant farm, filled with appealing prehistoric creatures of every shape and size. They'll follow the farmer from dawn till dusk, through feedings, cleanings, baby hatchings, and finally to a sweet bedtime nighty-night. Who knew dinosaurs could be so cuddly? With clever dino-touches throughout, Frann Preston-Gannon's picture book will become a perennial favorite.and#160;
I asked my mom if I could have
a pet, or even two.
But every time I brought one home,
my sister went
When hunting for his new best friend, a boy goes through an alphabetical menagerie of animals. From an antelope, to bobolink birds, to wolves and zebrasandmdash;and of course, a cat and dog, tooandmdash;he brings them all home. But each creature just makes his sister go AH-CHOO! Will he ever be able to have the perfect pet?
About the Author
Lana Koehler, from Stow, OH, is a retired music teacher who writes a music column for the Ohio Home Educators Association. Ah-Choo!
is her first book.
Gloria Adams, from Stow, OH, is a former childrenand#39;s librarian and storyteller. When she was growing up she wanted to be an archaeologist, an ice skater, a writer, or a princess. Now, she spends most of her time writing books for children. Ah-Choo! is her first book. You can find out more about her on her website: gloriaadams.com.
Ken grew up on the works of Margret and H.A. Rey, William Joyce, and DC Comics. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied illustration at Art Center, College of Design. He has storyboarded for various commercials and animated TV shows such asand#160;The PJs,and#160;Futurama and Fairly Odd Parents.and#160;His illustration work has been recognized numerous times by the Society of Childrenandrsquo;s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). In 2012, the first picture book he illustrated,and#160;Hot, Hot Roti For Dada-Ji and#160;(Lee and Low),and#160;received the Picture Book Honor Award for Literature from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). These days, you will find Ken illustrating, storyboarding, writing, and dreaming up stories for children.