Paging Through


Paging Through: Children’s Books


Knight Ridder Newspapers

Sunday, June 6, 2004

Silly stories are as welcome as warm days. So read, laugh and soak up the sunshine with your little one with these:

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! Mo Willems. Hyperion. $12.99.

This is the sequel to Mo Willems’ Caldecott Honor book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! .” Willems, a cartoonist who has “Sesame Street” credentials as well as the Cartoon Network’s “Sheep in the Big City” credits, has a very simple, silly style for this second pigeon book.

Your little one is sure to giggle over the decision on who gets the hot dog that the pigeon finds.

Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard Sale. By William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Nurray. Dutton. $15.99.

Another funny follow-up is “Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard Sale” by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray with wild and wonderful art by Audrey Colman. In time for the garage sale season, Walter, the gassy dog, is back and up to his usual smelly business. The gassy dog keeps customers away so Dad sells him to a man who offers $10 for him. But what does he want with the smelly pooch? We won’t spoil the silly, smelly fun. The wacky art of the Walter books is very appealing to young children, and most will find this new one a gas!

The Dog: From Arf! Arf! to Zzzzzz. HarperCollins. $14.99.

Another clever dog book is “The Dog: From Arf! Arf! to Zzzzzz,” a compilation of the Dog Artist Collection, a group of photos that first appeared in postcard form. Dog lovers will enjoy the interesting angles that capture all the puppies’ appeal, from A to Z.

Raindrop, Plop! By Wendy Cheyette Lewison. Viking. $15.99.

Rainy days are part of spring. So celebrate the rain with “Raindrop, Plop!” by Wendy Cheyette Lewison. The walk in the rain is a counting rhyme. The illustration by Pam Paparone of the little girl out in the rain — and then home with a warm bath, hot chocolate and a look out the window at the weather — captures the feeling of a rainy day. You don’t have to wait for one to share this charming book.

Plaidypus Lost. By Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. Holiday House. $16.95.

Another charmer is “Plaidypus Lost” by the sister team of Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. Any parent who knows the agony of a favorite lost toy or stuffed animal will appreciate this tale. The happy story is one of toy lost, toy found and toy repaired with love by a grandma.

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