Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun book that kids will like!
Written by Michelle Robinson
Illustrated by Emily Fox
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperCollins on September 20, 2016
Theme/Topic- Bedtime / Friendship
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Elephant’s inbox said ‘NEW MAIL.’ He clicked on it, excited…”
Synopsis from Publisher: “Sleepovers have never been so silly! A hilarious animal story from award winning children’s author, Michelle Robinson and debut picture book illustrator, Emily Fox.
Elephant has been invited to a pajama party. He can’t wait! There’s just one problem… he doesn’t have any pajamas. Poor Elephant searches high and low, often with embarrassing results, but he can’t find anything suitable. What can Elephant’s friends do to make sure he joins in the fun?”
What I Thought- I am sure that kids will laugh at this book. Honestly, I think the cover sums it up best – fun, and an elephant in underpants! There’s nothing better! One thing I find interesting is how Ms. Robinson mixes in some online aspects – as the friends communicate (before the party) they only talk via social media, because of distance. I like that it gives it a modern feel. The illustrations, by debut illustrator Emily Fox, are bright, cheerful, and hilarious. In other words perfect for this book! Ms. Robinson has a way of keeping it simple, with her rhyme taking a subtle backstage, but still always there. A truly perfect book!
Activities and Resources-
There are some neat bedtime activities at ChildCareLounge.com HERE!
AtoZKidsStuff.com has a great list of friendship-building activities HERE!
I really like the sleepover activities for grandparents and grandkids at Grandparents.com HERE!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!