A few of our children's books were due back to the library today, but I am incurring the fine so that I can bring you these stellar reviews. (Um ... yeah, that's it ... I mean, it's not like I was too lazy to actually get them to the library today or anything like that.)
When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, by Elise Broach and illustrated by David Small
Boo's been reading this one for weeks, and it is delightfully funny. A little boy is bored while out doing errands with his mom, but little does he know that this is no ordinary errand day. For today, every store is giving away a special something with each purchase.
We're not talking trinkets or tchotchkes. We're talking triceratops. Instead of stickers, the pediatrician is giving out a stegosaurus. The barber is handing out pterosaurs with each haircut. The mother is less than pleased ... until she realizes what her son already knows, that dinosaurs can come in handy around the house for some things.
This one is a fun read (my kids loved it and were roaring like ... well, dinosaurs) and the illustrations are great. David Small is the illustrator from Judith St. George's Caldecott-winning children's book So You Want to Be President, which is a beloved favorite in this house. Elise Broach's website is here. (Is it me, or do children's book authors have the cutest websites?)
An otter named Mazie is pretty content in her home, until one day a storm comes. After the storm, there's a rainbow and Mazie's curiosity is piqued. She sets off on a journey to find what is at the end of the rainbow, meeting new friends and asking them their opinions on what is at the end of the rainbow. There's no one answer, Mazie discovers, for the answer is different for everyone.
Proceeds from this award-winning book benefit Kids for Saving Earth, a nonprofit founded by an 11-year boy named Clinton Hill before he died of cancer.