Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:
By Diane and Christyan Fox
Scholastic Press, 2014
Suitable for: ages 4-8 years
Theme/Topic: Fractured Fairytale, Comedy
Opening Spread: What’s This? [Dog looks up at the beginning of Little Red Riding Hood]
It’s a story about a little girl … who always wears a red cape with a hood. [A cat in a chair reading a book.]
Brief Synopsis — From the publisher’s site: Cat begins to tell a tale about a little girl who wears a red cape with a hood. Dog loves stories about superheroes and special powers, but “Little Red Riding Hood” is not that kind of a story. Cat is determined to read the story the right way, but Dog has his own ideas about how it should go! Their zany back-and-forth retelling of the classic tale celebrates the joy of reading and questioning.
Like LOVE This Book: OH MY GOODNESS! I found this book abandoned on a couch in the children’s area of our library. I hope it was abandoned, because I wanted to take it home the moment I looked at the endpapers. Cat and Dog’s back and forth is awesome.
I have two stories in my pile-o-manuscripts that have a back and forth vibe. This may be one of the many reasons I love this book — my sense of humor, my son’s laughter when we read it every night for a week, and a bit of hope that one of my own stories like this could make it into print.
I made an 8 at Rate Your Story (an 8 is bad, really bad) for one of those stories. I loved the feedback, because it basically suggested, if I wrote a story… I might have something. :-/
Well, what do you know … one of the 2 star ratings for this book says, “It’s not really a story.” Hee hee. There are 78 reviews for this book (more than many picture books I look up on Amazon) with an overall 4.2 rating.
If you can find this book, I would love to hear what you think about this storytelling format. My poor critique group mates suffer through my efforts on stories like this.
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If you celebrate Easter (or not), I hope you have a blessed weekend.
We finally read Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood and Illustrated by Claudia Rueda. I know it’s not about the Holy Week, but it was a stinkin’ funny book. Enzo and I both laughed. We are not cat people, but we like Cat!