A few more quickie reviews of the new titles on our shelves!
Oh, I loved this!!! I have said a million times that people just don't know how to handle negative emotions any more. We somehow have this idea that we are supposed to be happy all the time, and that if we are not, it has to be fixed immediately. Buy the child a new toy, let him have that extra dessert...blame the coach, quit the job, get the divorce...
We all need to be reminded that "sad" is a perfectly valid emotion, and while it isn't an enjoyable one, sometimes we just need to let it happen. Black's newest offering presents that concept in simple kid-speak, with the kids (er...and flamingo. And...potato.) working it out themselves.
No sadness here! Hilarity (and terribly punny jokes) abound as these comically drawn ducks travel through town (with a quick bathroom break) looking for the correct customer. The illustrations are a visual feast, and kids will spend hours pointing out all the silly details. I see some writing/drawing extensions happening with this one!
"Your hand in my hand is where it belongs.
Your hand in my hand as we walk along."
More illustrations that need to be framed prints. I love the texture in these! I wasn't able to figure out what medium Teckentrup used with a quick search, but the pictures a lovely. The big and little mouse are just ambiguous, along with the text, to be any adult and child exploring the world together. The general sense is of both adventure and security. This would be a wonderful gift for anything from a baby shower to a birthday.