Book Nook - Crazy Colors
by Jillian Melnyk
What I love about summer is how colorful it is – everything is bright and happy – the sky, lake, fresh produce, lush lawns, everything shimmers and sparkles. In honor of the colors of summer, this month's selection of books features a delicious selection of hues. Have yourself a colorful summer!
By Renata Liwska
Philomel Books, 2011, hardcover, $16.99 * Ages 2-6
An adventure is what you make of it. Lucy doesn't want to take her new red wagon to the market to buy vegetables for dinner because it sounds like a chore… but that chore quickly turns into an adventure as her wagon transforms into a covered wagon, spaceship, construction- site truck, and more along its journey. Full of deep, rich, illustrations that accompany simple text, readers will dive right into the pages to join Lucy and her friends through their funfilled day.
Big Red Lollipop
Written by Rukhsana Khan & Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Viking, 2010, hardcover, $16.99 * Ages 5-8
It's an exciting day when Rubina is invited to her first birthday party, except it goes downhill in a hurry when her mother forces her to take her younger sister Sana along. Not only does Sana cry and make a fuss, but she also steals Rubina's party favor after the party – a red lollipop. Honest and true, Khan's characters sparkle, and any sibling will likely be able to identify with Rubina's woes. A perfect tale of real sisterhood.
Penny Loves Pink
By Cori Doerrfeld
Little, Brown & Company, 2011, hardcover, $15.99 * Ages 2-6
Penny loves pink – and she does it to the max: pink shoes, pink sunglasses, pink parties. Everything is pink. But what about Penny's new brother? Boys are blue! A great story about the unexpected joy of new siblings.
Written by Jean Reidy & Illustrated by Genevieve Leloup
Bloomsbury, 2010, hardcover, $11.99 * Ages 2-5
The day starts out bad when the little girl of this story is handed her first outfit and it is all wrong – too purpley. It just gets worse from there. Too scratchy, too prickly, too leathery. Hilarious and silly, young children and their caretakers will revel in the exaggerated true-to-life complaints that come with picking out daily outfits.
By Salina Yoon
Little, Brown & Company, 2012, specialty board book, $12.99 * Ages 3-5
Colors collide in this lively book that literally swirls with greens, reds, and blues. Each page features a new season and a new swirly surprise to view through the cover's kaleidoscope lens. Spin the dial and let the colors dance.
By Thierry Laval
Handprint Books, 2011, specialty board book, $6.99 * Ages 2-4
Explore a world of colors – each page in this board book includes two pictures; one on top and one beneath the die-cut flap, so young children can experience each color twice while also having the opportunity to guess what lies beneath the flap. Fun and engaging, this book is ideal for young readers.