Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Picture Book Tunes For Tuesday

I love books. (Duh.) So whenever there is a holiday or birthday, I always make sure books are part of the gift for my kids, cousins, and friends. My youngest, JD, turned five this month. Along with some Star Wars toys, I gave him two awesome picture books: A New Job For Dilly (written by Rena Jones, illustrated by Lisa Oakman) and Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem (written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex). See the lil guy above with his new books!
JD is a preschooler, so I love the ABC concept of A New Job For Dilly. As Dilly looked for each job, JD would say "Awwww" if a job didn't work out. And when Dilly did find a job, JD cheered for him! If your child interacts with you during the book like that, you know he is interested and having fun.

JD did this as well with Billy Twitters. When Billy received a blue whale in the mail (from a Fed Up delivery man who suspiciously looks like illustrator Adam Rex), JD exclaimed, " A blue whale! In the mail?!!" He loved the pure ludicrousness (yes, this is a word, I just looked it up) that this little boy would actually have a blue whale and giggled throughout the story. He also loved the illustrations. Even on the inside of the book cover, he studied each illustration and asked me a million questions about them.
So do I recommend these books? Absofreakinglutely! And better yet, all these authors are bloggers. Click on the author's names in this paragraph to go to their blogs. Adam Rex shares his early work as a child (with hilarious commentary) and gives sneak peeks on his blog. If you haven't read his Frankenstein picture books, you are missing out. The True Meaning of Smekday was a fun read, too. Rex and Barnett also have a new book titled Guess Again! that I will be purchasing soon. Also, Adam, Mac, Jon Scieszka, and David Shannon and are in the middle of a book tour. See the tour info on their Guys With Books blog here!
Rena's next book is The Marshmallow Man (coming out in December). Rena also is a talented nature photographer, see her recent pics of Yellowstone here.
So I have two tunes for today.
Here's "Why Don't You Get a Job" by the Offspring. There are expletives in this song, so Dilly, Billy, nor other little ones should listen. But I like the Offspring. It seems like their singing is borderline yelling, yet it entertains me.






and indie rocker's Modest Mouse's "Whale Song" is my second tune for the day. Great bass on this one.

21 comments:

Rena said...

Oh wow, how cool is this! I'm so glad JD enjoyed the book, Kelly! Stories like this really make my day and make this whole writing thing worthwhile. It's awesome to hear kids getting involved in the story and cheering Dilly on. Thanks so much!!! Big hugs and happy birthday again to JD!

Rena

jama said...

Happy Birthday to JD! MUST see the blue whale book. Adam Rex is brilliant. *going out to check mailbox*

Bish Denham said...

Nothing beats a book or books on a birthday. Happy Birthday JD!

Big Plain V said...

Gotta love when your kiddos love reading.

My teens are losing it.

Anita said...

I can't wait to get a look at these books!

Kelly said...

Rena-My whole family enjoyed your book!! So cute!
Jama-He is so very clever!
Bish-I totally agree!
V- Teens are pulled so many places with school, friends, and activities. This happens a lot. I myself didn't read for fun as much in hs and college because I just didn't have the time for it! I hope they find the love of reading again as they get older!

Kelly said...

Rena-I'm an airhead. I wrote A Job For Dilly instead of A New Job for Dilly! DOH! Sorry!!

Kelly H-Y said...

Great book suggestions! Thank you!! And HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY to JD!

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

thanks for your kind comments on anita's blog. and i think that i definitely fall into the same category with you about being addicted to blogging and facebook. oh, wait...that was your character... ;)

jeannie
The Character Therapist

MG Higgins said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I know just who to give these to.

I realize it's only a snapshot of your kid and 2 books and dog, but there's something about how your photo is framed, or maybe it's the expression on the dog's face, but I absolutely love it!

Kelly said...

Anita-You may have to do start a children's book review for the gazette ;)
Kelly- You are welcome! JD had a great one!
Jeannie- I think you are so creative for your insights into the fictional characters! And who me? A blog addict? :)
MG- I meant to get just the books and JD, but Daisy decided to get in the picture, too!

PJ Hoover said...

Perfect tunes! And the cover for Marshmallow man looks so cute I could gobble it up :)

Christina Farley said...

Yeah for Rena! My boys are obsessed with books too. I'm so glad.

Kim Kasch said...

I like the Offspring. Funny.

Plus who doesn't like picture books. I buy 'em just to keep around the house for when kids come over. Plus, presents, of course.

Sliding on the Edge said...

I'm beginning to collect picture book and not for kids,for me! They fascinate me.

adrienne said...

Great song selections to go with the PB titles! I love Why Don't You Get a Job.

Shelli said...

these look cute - ill have to check them out.

Nora MacFarlane said...

I've always bought books for birthdays. Best present ever! My daughter (soon to be 12) and I still read together. We're not reading picture books anymore, but she still gets involved in the stories and wants to discuss them as we read. It's so much fun. I hope she never tires of it.

Happy birthday to JD!

Carrie Harris said...

Happy birthday to your kiddo!

I have had this irrational love for the Offspring since college. No clue why, because like you said, they pretty much just scream. But it's entertaining screaming. ;)

Ron Smith said...

I don't know or have any little ones running around so I'm not up on the picture books, but I'll browse the ones you mentioned next time I'm at Borders.

They sound fun!

Dexter, the singer from Offspring is hilarious. I heard him on a radio show once and he had me cracking up.

Denise said...

Love the Offspring!