Synopses & Reviews
Little Liam is snuggled in his toasty bed when his slumber is broken by a crack! snap! ROAWR!
outside in the woods. Papa is away, and Mama is sleeping soundly. And as everyone knows, Mama is delicious to forest things. It’s up to Liam to protect her, but what can he possibly do against the forest’s wild and dangerous creatures? He’s just a little boy, after all.
Barbara Joosse, author of Please Is a Good Word to Say, teams up with Jan Jutte, one of the Netherlands’ preeminent picture-book artists, to create this highly original picture book that shows that what it really takes to defeat ferocious bears is—a big imagination!
Listen to Barbara Joosse read ROAWR! here.
"Joosse (Lovabye Dragon) celebrates imagination and a grandmother's creativity in this carefree story loosely based on her children's song, 'Hip Hooray Parade.' Framed as a guessing game, the book has a sense of playfulness that derives from freewheeling verse, rhyme and repetition, and nonsense words. Much to the delight of her granddaughter, the contents of Gramma's basket are gradually revealed when she hangs up a sheet and uses props to create shadows that hint at the identity of various animals ('Gallump gallump./ Can you guess what's coming up?'). A page flip shows the entire animal in full color and high spirits: an elephant with 'a pink and purple stripy trunk' balances on a ball; rhinoceri tethered to orange balloons float in the air; and a kangaroo and her joey are 'a-rooting and a-tooting' their blue kazoos. Yum (Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!) uses watercolors and linoleum block prints to create spare yet festive illustrations, which pop from the white backdrop. A jubilant parade led by Gramma and granddaughter caps off this rousing and affectionate romp. Ages 3 5. Illustrator's agent: Sean McCarthy, Sheldon Fogelman Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Did you know that there are many ways to say ?I love you?? Harriet does. You can say it with a hug, or a drawing, or out loud. And she knows that you can still love someone even when they go to a party you weren?t invited to, or when a parent puts you in time-out for tap-dancing on the table (and you are terribly angry).
Sassy Harriet will walk right into your heart in this adorable and lovely companion to the popular Please Is a Good Word to Say. With a die-cut heart, indispensable advice, and a character we already embrace?well, what?s not to love?
Please is a good word to say. It puts a smile on your words. And thats not the only advice curly-burly-haired Harriet has for you. Asking, taking, interrupting, eating, answering the phoneif theres a nice way to do it, Harriet can tell you just how to do it.
Jennifer Plecas infectious illustrations bring Barbara Joosses hilarious heroine to life in this offbeat and adorable approach to manners. Kids will be (very politely) clamoring to hear it over and over again . . . and parents will be pleased to oblige.
Going to Gramma?s takes plenty of preparation. Granddaughter packs her overnighty trunk and says goodbye to Mom, Dad, little fish and baby in the bed. She can?t wait to see her silly millie gramma! Together at last, the two spend a day full of dancing, painting each other and partying with a razzle and a dazzle before, finally, resting together in a ricky rocky swing. What a day!
Barbara Joosse?s spirited text combined with Jan Jutte?s lively illustrations create this delightful story. Full of engaging, bouncy language that zips right along, this is an original picture book that captures the loving relationship between a young-hearted gramma and her enthusiastic granddaughter.
Someone's coming to play with you.
Can you guess who?
In this wonderful read-aloud
for very young children,
Gramma comes to visit
and brings a surprise . . . or two
. . . or three.
And a lot of the fun is guessing
which surprise is next!
Part thoughtful play,
part playful imagination,
this tongue tickling tale
of funny animals and loving family
will entertain and involve children
with each turn of the page!
About the Author
Barbara Joosse (www.barbarajoosse.com) is the author of many popular picture books, including Mama, Do You Love Me?
. She lives in Wisconsin in a very old house made of stone, with her husband and two dogs.
Hyewon Yum (www.hyewonbook.com) is the author and illustrator of The Twins’ Blanket and Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! She was born in Korea and studied painting and printmaking at Seoul National University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two young sons.