Jan Thomas is one of my favorite authors because her stories are always hilarious kid-favorites and her illustrations are captivating! This new book in her early reader series is no exception. Bold graphic illustrations capture the comedic fear of the animals who describe what they are all running from. Which turns out to be . . . well, you’ll see when you read it. Get ready to giggle!
The farm animals are quite annoyed to find the pest (a gopher) eating all their vegetables. What will they do? This is a cute story with cartoon-like illustrations paired with simple text, perfect for very beginning readers.
The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper
Buttons that press down (not for your clothes) are just so tempting. Even if said button does nothing. Or maybe it does something. It makes one bird sad, the other mad, and the other happy. The birds bicker if the button can make them feel because that is something. Very funny and also a helpful way introduction readers to emotions.
Ninja wants to help out on the farm. But his kicks, swipes, and flips turn out disastrous with every chore which, of course, is hilarious. Just when he’s about to give up on helping the farmer, he finds his perfect job . . . A very fun rhyming story.
What a gem of a book! There are differences between parent and child (me tall, you small // me tired, you wired) and there are similarities, too (you bubble, me bubblier // me smart, you smarter). Perfect for reading with a parent!
Melissa Taylor, MA, is the creator of Imagination Soup. She's a mother, teacher, author, and freelance writer. She writes Imagination Soup and freelances for publications online and in print, including Sylvan Learning, Random House, USA Today Health, The Writer, and Scholastic Parent and Child.