Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This Monster Needs a Haircut

It dawned on me today that I have shirked my duties and completely forgot to tell you about an awesome book I ran across at the bookstore before Christmastime.  This Monster Needs a Haircut by Bethany Barton.  It has everything I love in a picture book.  Hilarity.  Absurdity.  Sweetness.  Wit.

Stewart is a monster with an unruly mass of green hair.  At first, not getting a haircut was unique.  And unique can be great.  But, after a while, it was unique in not-a-good way.  Stewart's hair grew things, collected things and became quite scary.  Stewart was fine with this, because scary was exactly what he was going for.

His family was not as fine about it.  They tried and tried to persuade Stewart to get a haircut.  Especially his father.  Stewart's dad is my favorite character.  But you'll have to get the book in your hot-little-hands to appreciate him in all his awesome dad-ness.

Stewart is steadfast and cannot be swayed.  Until one day the unthinkable happens.  His hair fails to evoke terror.  His ridiculous hair garners peels of laughter instead.

In the end, Stewart learns that haircuts aren't as scary and repugnant as he once thought.  And that he is more than the monster with scary hair.

This Monster Needs a Haircut is a great book for any kid prior to their first haircut.  Or for the child who truly dreads them.  But really -- haircuts aside -- this book is awesome regardless of the subject matter.  It gets funnier every time you read it.  The illustrations have endless wit the more you study them.  Everyone in our house wants to read it again, and again, and again.

Here's Bethany's book trailer:

And if you're like me and love to watch artists do their thing, check out this video too:

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The book I'm most looking forward to reading this year...

Emily might be my favorite writer.  This, her third book, doesn't release until November, but it's available for pre-order now {here }.  Yesterday she wrote an explanation of her upcoming art book {here}. And you can bring a little bit of Emily and her wonderful words into your life daily via her blog, Chatting at the Sky.   Dropping by her place in blogland is a treat I relish every day.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Big Red Lollipop

I love finding a new great book.  At the rate we inhale books from the library, sometimes I secretly fear we've already discovered all the truly wonderful picture books.  My seven-year-old sometimes states that fear out loud.

But alas.  There will always be more.

Today we found one. It even choked me up at the end.  It was especially great because I had zero expectations.  I had never heard of it and had no high hopes.

In the pages, the words, the art, we found many things.  A story of adjusting to a new culture, of sibling rivalry, of unfairness and learned character.  Of sisterhood, love and sacrifice.  And illustrations that made me (the good kind) of jealous.

Next time you're out, grab Big Red Lollipop by Ruksana Khan, with noteworthy art by Sophie Blackall.

Whenever I find a new book to love, it's a double blessing.  With a new book love comes a new author and illustrator to love.  And more books to hunt down.  I'm definitely going to track down all of artist Sophie Blackall's work during this week's library trip.


What about you guys -- have you found any great new-to-you book loves lately?