Dead End in Norvelt is a book about a shy, Gothic boy who is grounded by his parents and sent to type obituaries for a neighbor which then leads to a string of comic adventures. A Ball for Daisy is a wordless picture book that tells the story of an excitable dog who loses his cherished toy, a red ball that it takes to the park. Worth checking them out.
I recently discovered another noteworthy children's book The Sandman by Ralph Fletcher. Since I have read all of his books I was happy to find this latest one.
It is a fantastical tale about a tiny man named Thor that grinds down a dragon's scale and then takes the magical dust and sprinkles into the eyes of children to help them get to sleep. The illustrations are just the perfect accompaniment to the story. What a great read aloud for the 4-7 year old age group.
The following poem was posted on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac website today. Since I talk so much about food I loved the prose imagery in each line describing a sandwich.
The Beautiful Sandwich by Brad RiccaShe could always make
the most beautiful sandwich.
Laced swiss cheese: sliced
crossways, folded once.
Ham in rolls like sleeping bags.
Turkey piled like shirts.
Tarragon. Oregano. Pepper.
Herb dill mayonnaise the color of
skin. On top: the thin, wandering line of
like a contour on a map
in a thin, flat drawer.
Or a single, lost vein.
The poppyseeds hold on,
Placed on a plate like isolated
or a large, solemn head.
The spilled chips in yellow piles
are like the strange coins
of tall, awkward islanders.
The thin dill pickle: their boat
the green-sour sea.
"The Beautiful Sandwich" by Brad Ricca, from American Mastodon. (c) Black Lawrence Press, 2011. Reprinted with permission.