Camp K-9, Bedtime for Bear, Spring is Here, & Cow Loves Cookies: Picture Book Party Recap

Camp K-9Camp K-9 by Mary Ann Rodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a former camp counselor and I just finished writing a camp novel with my friend Kit Campbell, so this picture book was doubly interesting for me. Roxie’s on her first trip to camp and she’s worried the other dogs will discover her secret blanket. Lacy, a poodle in the same cabin, seems to have it out for the other dogs. Everyone gets fed up with Lacy’s mean behavior, but no one dares step up to her.

The camp is familiar with its cabins & activities, but everything has a doggy touch like “99 Buckets of Bones on the Wall.” This would be great book to share with new campers at a summer camp or even at the start of the school year.

Bedtime for BearBedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brett Helquist also illustrated A Series of Unfortunate Events . In this picture book, Bear’s raccoon friends run over after the first snowfall. They beg and plead, but Bear says it’s bedtime for bears. When Bear tries desperately to sleep, the raccoons’ noise as they frolic in the snow keeps him up.

Comic-like word bubbles and well portrayed emotions make this book a visual delight.

Spring Is Here!Spring Is Here! by Will Hillenbrand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Young Mole wakes up to find spring has arrived. Excited, he tries to wake Bear up. Sticks, feathers and a trumpet are sued as wake-up tools. These are to no avail. Then Mole thinks of something that is sure to wake Bear–his sense of smell.

I love the typeset in this book. Mole’s actions to wake Bear are in different colors as well as his snores.

This could be a great book to bookend with Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist. Bedtime for Bear covers the start of winter.

The Cow Loves CookiesThe Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Farmer’s doing the morning feeding, giving each animal what it needs. Between each stop we find the cow eating cookies. The rhyming text makes this book a great read-aloud. I could see the kids shouting “But the cow loves cookies” along with the book.

The simple drawings complement the text very well. This could work as a good introduction to what animals eat or an animal research project.

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