November 10, 2010

Worthwhile Reads-Picture Book Edition

Worthwhile Reads - Picture Book Edition

Worthwhile Reads is a weekly feature here at Lost in the Library, where we highlight books that we have loved in our past. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the new releases that we can forget to talk about the ones we've loved before.
If you'd like to particpate you can link below.
Rules are simple- Books featured should be published before 2009. Please post a cover image, summary and your thoughts on the book (you don't need to write a full review)

My selection this week is one of my absolute favourites for story time at the library-

There's an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer
Published by Dial in 1987
32 Pages

Summary from Amazon
"tale of a little boy who is sure that there is an alligator under his bed. Getting no sympathy from his parents who ``never saw it,'' he forms a plan of attack. He leaves a trail of food from his bed through the house to the garage door. He then follows behind as the alligator gobbles up the goodies, fresh vegetables, fruit, and even ``the last piece of pie,'' making its way to the garage. The boy then locks the door. The last page shows the note he leaves for his father, telling him that there's an alligator in the garage and to wake him up ``if you need help.'

I love the text in this book. The language is rich and the illustrations are bold and  gorgeous! I never tire of reading it and the children who attend my programs know its one of my favourites.
When the parents of the little boy don't believe the alligator story, he takes matters into his own hands. He overcomes his fear. It's a great message. Worth reading and sharing.

Do you have a picture book from your childhood or even now that brings those warm fuzzy memories, or one that you just love to read aloud to your kids?

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