Book du Jour:
THE OBSTINATE PEN by Frank W. Dormer (Henry Holt)
SOCKSQUATCH, this latest is equally stellar for storytime; read it and laugh. Also good for teaching little kids the word "obstinate." High-reaching vocabulary aficionados William Steig and Fancy Nancy would be proud. (6 and up)
Also of interest:
THE PENCIL by Allen Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman (Candlewick).
Speaking of obstinate pens and accommodating pencils, thank you for your patience as I temporarily fell off posting on my own Planet this year, working full-time (ha ha! That's putting it lightly!) as a Chicago Public School teacher/school librarian, and finishing my master's degree in Library and Information Science from UIUC. As my dear friend Diane put it, "now you're not a common law librarian, you finally got that piece of paper everyone cares so much about." Perhaps I should write a children's book, The Elusive Paper. Perhaps not. Probably not. Not. But I will try at least to tap The Overtired Keyboard more often, and catch up with some Books du Jour; descriptions may be brief, but at least you'll have a few lovely new read-aloud leads. Yours truly.
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