Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Picture This: Dragons, Fishes, and Tigers, Oh My!

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

It's a truth universally acknowledged, that a single dragon in possession of a large appetite, must be in want of hundreds of tacos. And this humorous book has more than one dragon in it, meaning many, many tacos. This light-hearted, slightly absurd dragon story makes you want to read it aloud to a bunch of children making up all sorts of weird voices for each character. If you love tacos too, this book is most definitely for you.

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb
Paul is a fish who used to go around in circles. He made big circles and little circles. He circled from left to right and from right to left. He circled from top to bottom and from bottom to top. What else was there to do? Until one day Bernadette drops in and shows Paul that there is a whole world out there, right outside his bowl, with so many things to see. A banana-shaped boat! A blue elephant with a spoutlike trunk (be quiet when she’s feeding her babies)! A lovely lunetta butterfly, with tortoise-shell rims! Simple saturated paintings play off this charming ode to an active imagination — and the way that life changes when a bewitching creature opens your eyes.

Paul is a lonely goldfish living his life in a bubble. Literally. He's so entranced in his daily routine of swimming around, up, and down, that he never looks outside his bowl. That is until the day Bernadette arrives. She opens his eyes to the world around him in a hilarious way that only goldfish can understand the outside world. To her, a teapot is an elephant, a newspaper is a lady's dress, and more that will make you laugh out loud. After noticing everything around them, Paul truly notices Bernadette and sees her in a different light. This story, beautifully illustrated on oil canvas, will resonate with families and children keeping them engaged as they read and teaching the power of seeing another's perspective.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Are you bored with being so proper?
Do you want to have more fun?
Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild.
But does he go too far?
There is a time and place for everything...even going wild.

Written by Caldecott Honor illustrator Jeff Brown, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild shows that even if you don't fit in where you are, you have the ability to fix it! Mr. Tiger hates being a proper gentleman all the time...he just wants to be wild. It's not until he runs away that he realizes everything he left behind. But by the time her returns, everything has changed.

Peter Brown's writing and illustration stands out on its own as completely unique and perfect for kids of all ages.

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