I adore this book! Fetterer is the author and illustrator. The illustrations are bold and beautiful in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. There is even a cameo of Van Gogh in the book.
Emile is a cat that lives at home with his couple. Their life is simple and he is happy.
But one day he sees a butterfly outside of his window and simply must go exploring. He meets up with other cats and finds much color on his journey.
Once he returns home, color comes into the home. "Emile had brought color into the house." The man got paints and paintbrushes, the woman bought flowers and the house was never grey again.
Moral of the story:
Bring more color into your world!
I'm a sucker for colorful illustrations and even more colorful characters in a book! Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook most certainly fits the bill.
When Zach meets his new teacher, Miss Smith, he expects her to be boring. But, boy, is he wrong! When Miss Smith reads stories the characters COME TO LIFE! One day Miss Smith is out of the room and so many characters out of the books that things get a little crazy. Miss Smith takes care of everything when she returns to the classroom.
Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite authors. His stories are interesting and creative and always have a message.
In the Incredible Book Eating Boy, our main character loves to eat books. But one day he has eaten too many to digest and realizes that he needs to stop eating books. He doesn't know what to do at first, because his book-eating habit was strong. He decided to pick up a book instead and was amazed by what he could learn by reading a book instead of eating it!
Jeffers' illustrations are rich in texture and the layout is intriguing.
This book starts out with a shoddily done report on bears. The main character writes:
"They are big."
"They eat things." and
"They are mean."
She is in for a surprise when a polar bear shows up in her room and declares that not all polar bears are mean. He then takes her out a tour of his habitat. The pictures are stunning. This would be a great book to show students what NOT to do for a report and what TO DO for a report. The story is touching and informational.
"He was red...but wasn't very good at it."
Red keeps coloring things blue! Everyone tries to help him, but to no avail.
Finally he meets purple who asks him to draw an ocean for his boat and then he wouldn't stop drawing. He excitingly exclaims, "I'm blue!"
This book would be good for crushing stereotypes - what we are "supposed" to be.
Jill A. Hostetler
I love books so much! My particular loves are children's books and professional books that catch my fancy. One thing that keeps me happy and sane as a teacher is being able to get tons of books from the library and share them with my students. I have tried different ways to keep track of my books, but here's another attempt. We'll se if I can make this one fly!