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New Releases: June 2, 2015

02 Jun

I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems

I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems


[***] Elephant and Piggie are back and luckily this latest addition to the series isn’t a snooze-fest! Gerald is a bit cranky and thinks a nap will help. Can he get his much-needed rest or will Gerald foil his plans? I think this would be a great book for aspiring illustrators to study in terms of portraying dream sequences.

Also, interesting, a couple of the Elephant and Piggie books are now released in Spanish!

My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora

My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora


[***] Squirrel siblings are excited their cousin Momo, a flying squirrel, is coming to stay with them. Fun turns to frustration when Momo doesn’t do things their way. See how they finally do learn to get along despite their differences.

The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot

The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot


[***] This wordless picture book may take a while to get used to (it reads like a graphic novel) but it’s an interesting and unique way to tell a story. Full of adventure and surprises. The ending could have been better.

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins


[***] The most adorable book about manners I’ve ever read. You’ve just got to pick up a copy. Absolutely delightful.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole


[***] I wrote the following review a few years ago for another blog I had on Banned/Challenged Books:

“One of the constantly challenged books since its publication is “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. (I was surprised to see most of the titles, as this one was, were children’s books.) Based on actual events in New York City’s Central Park Zoo, this picture book tells the story of two male penguins who’ve partnered up and became “adoptive” fathers. The reasons for challenging this book includes “anti-ethnic, sexism, homosexuality, anti-family, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group”.

I thought the story was sweet. Despite the subject matter, there was nothing offensive or preachy about it. It’s not like the penguins were doing the deed. I don’t understand how this can be considered “anti-family” when it’s just showing another type of the modern definition of what makes a family. As for “unsuited to age group”, I did wonder if kids should be reading about things they can’t fully comprehend. (“And Tango Makes Three” is targeted for the preschool and early grade school crowd.) But some people might actually find it comforting there are books aimed for kids that deal with controversial topics- not only of homosexuality but death, racism, terrorism, etc.”

This book has been rereleased to celebrate its 10-year publication with a new afterword and exclusive dustjacket poster. It’s also available as a board book now.

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