Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Kid Lit Blog Hop #51

Welcome to the 51st Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

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Today I have a few books to share with you, that came from our Christmas list.
Description From Booktopia:

A laugh-aloud picture book celebrating nannas everywhere from a talented author and illustrator team.

Some nannas dress in pink when they jog around the track.
But my nanna is a ninja … so she dresses up in black.
All nannas are different.
But what if your nanna was really different?
What if your nanna was a ninja?
This fun, poetic picture book portrays the many different guises, faces and personalities that nannas can have and demonstrates the significance of their role in the modern family.
Our Thoughts:

Gigi loved this book from the first read. The rhyme is fantastic, and it is loads of fun to see a Nanny being a ninja. We had to have it on our Christmas list.  I don't know any kid that wouldn't enjoy this book.
Next we have:

Description From Amazon:

This innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.

You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here's how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .


Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.
We saw the Youtube of B.J Novak reading this to a crowd and we decided to give it a go.  With only one child in the audience, it took a little longer for her to warm to it, because, of course there were no pictures.  Once she realised it was really very funny to hear mum and dad say those words, it was a hit.
I think this is ingenious and a great way to get kids to learn using auditory, as opposed to visual.
And next:
Description From Amazon:
What’s big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited?
A slightly annoying elephant, of course!

Our Thoughts:

 This is a hoot of a book. It is a cautionary tale about always reading the labels and every page has more mayhem that Gigi just loves.  I recommend for anyone who loves a really silly book.

Last but not least:

Description From Amazon:
Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings. The funny details in the full-color illustrations by three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems will bring nonstop laughter to story time.

Our Thoughts:

Firstly the noir style, love it, the simple journey with mummy chicken, hilarious, the ending, in true Willems style, very naughty.  Gigi is partial to the odd macabre humour, and what kid wouldn't be with a mother like myself,  he he.
That's all folks, off you hop!!!!

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  1. Oh, what completely awesome books. I have seen that one with no pictures and would really like to review it. Now, I just have to!

    Happy day to you!

  2. Each of these books looks great Julie. I happened to stumble upon a video of the author reading The Book With No Pictures a while back. It was hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I got my kids The Book With No Pictures. It is such a cute book! You have a really fun list of books here!

  4. Thanks ladies for dropping by. What I have found so great about the Book With No Pictures is that Gigi (3.5years) wants to follow along and read every single word with me. She has realised that the words guide the story, and not the pictures, this is an incredible awakening I believe. All thanks to a book with no pictures.....

  5. Hmm. Those all sound great! I'm doing story time at the library in a couple of weeks. I wonder if I can find any of those!

  6. Great sense of humor in a lot of your books this time! I am hoping to share "This is not a good idea" with my students soon when we study fractured fairy tales. I am sure they will enjoy it!

  7. My Nanna is Ninja sounds like a fun read aloud! Thank you for sharing these titles. These all sound like ones I would pick up and that young readers would enjoy. I especially love The Book With No Pictures. It's amazing how popular that has become. Are you familiar with the Middle Grade Author, Sarah Weeks, who wrote Pie? I just read her newest book, Honey, and I think you would like it! :)

  8. I always enjoyed reading humorous books to my kids when they were little. The My Nanna is a Ninja cover made me laugh. Thank you for sharing these wonderful tales on the hop.

  9. OH!!! I'm super-jealous!! I've had my eye on "The Book With No Pictures" by B.J. Novak. Have you watched "The Mindy Project" (B.J. Novak is the producer)? It's hilarious! I've got to get that one from the library. Thanks for linking in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.