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Today is one of those days I love. Not only do I get to share a truly delightful picture book, it happens to be by an author whose friendship I value and whose work I am already a fan of. AND I got to read an advance copy, which means it's like a secret - practically no one else has gotten to read it yet. I'm like a member of a super special secret club :) Maybe we should have a secret handshake... Ooh! or a password...! but I digress... :)
Come on! Quick! You're going to love this one! :)
Written By: Robin Newman
Illustrated By: Chris Ewald
Creston Books, Fiction, April 12, 2016
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: problem solving, communication, fractured nursery rhyme/fairy tale, humor
Opening: "There's a little-known secret about Hildie Bitterpickles. She needs her sleep.
Every night Hildie brushes her teeth, puts away her spell book, and goes to bed with her cat, Clawdia.
Until the night when Hildie's quiet neighborhood changed.
Someone moved in next door. A very loud someone."
Brief Synopsis: What's a desperate-to-sleep witch to do when an elevator-clanking giant, an old woman with a shoe full of noisy children, and a roof-blowing big bad wolf move into her previously quiet neighborhood? Checking the real estate listings and moving seems like the answer, until she learns that a little communication can go a long way and it's better to deal with your problems then run from them.
Links To Resources: Fabulous Teacher's Guide!; discuss with your kids or students what things might bother them while they're trying to fall asleep or do other activities and how they might constructively cope with those annoyances
Why I Like This Book: First off, Hildie Bitterpickles and Clawdia! Who could possibly not want to read about characters with names like that? :) The story is tons of fun. Poor Hildie gets grumpier and grumpier and more and more discouraged, until she comes full circle back to a very familiar spot. She learns an important lesson (in a not-at-all-preachy way!) about the importance of facing problems rather than running from them. And she comes up with some clever solutions that solve problems for everyone. Plus there is a whole spread in the middle showing a page from The Daily Witch that will tickle your funny bone :) Favorite line in the book? When the wolf says, "My specialty is demolition, but I could give repair work a try." :) Appealing art in soft fairy tale colors for daytime and rich night-time hues round out the book perfectly. Pre-order your copy, encourage your local library to do so as well, and/or write a really great Valentiny Contest story and possibly win a signed copy! :)
And if you haven't seen the trailer...
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! And keep a weather eye on the... well... on the weather, since the most important weather prediction day of the year is coming up next week! You all know what day THAT is... :)