1. Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies - by Carolyn Crimi is a cute book about a crew of pirate bunnies, and the son of the captain, Henry. Henry is a huge disappointment to his father because all he wants to do is read- he's not interested in stealing, making other bunnies walk the plank, or any other pirate activities...he reads a lot. When a storm comes that strands them all on an island, Henry is the one who knows how to make a hut, how to make stew from sea weed, and how to build a ship -- all from reading books. The pirates then learn that reading is okay after all, kind of useful, in fact. I loved reading this book - the children who heard it, (1st and 2nd graders) all enjoyed it very much - there were funny illustrations, some funny text and a great story over all.
2. A Bad Case of the Stripes - David Shannon. David Shannon writes a lot of books about cars and trucks...I haven't read any of them. I have read a few of his other books though - No, David, and Alice The Fairy. In A Bad Case of the Stripes, Camilla Cream is SO worried about what others think, that she refuses to eat her favorite food, lima beans. She even says she doens't like them, although she seretly loves them. One day she wakes up with striped skin - bright stripes. Doctors are called in, specialists are called in, but nothing works. In fact, things only get worse. She's so worried about what others think of her, that when the specialists start conjecturing about what might be going on (viruses, bacteria...) strange things begin to grow from her...things reach a breaking point whn she turnes into her room. Finally, a little old lady comes to the rescue bring with her a little jar of lima beans...which Camilla finally eats....and finally comes back to normal. There were a lot of laughs in this book, along with the glimpses of reality - i.e., the reporters that show up at the rumor of a different girl, kids being so worried about what others think of them that they deny a part of them. I love when fantastical happenings are used to make a realistic point. Love reading this book, and the kids got a kick out of it.