It doesn’t matter what type – dog, cat, fish, hermit crab (a recent addition to our home) , giraffe, elephant or dinosaur – my kidlets love to read stories about animals. This month’s Kit Lit review features two stories about animals that take place in very different settings — one living in the urban jungle of the city and the other out in the country on a farm.
Little Elliot, Big City By Mike Curato (Macmillan)
Little Elliot is an adorable little polka-dotted elephant living in the wilds of New York City circa 1940. Amid the hustle and bustle of life in the big city with big crowds and even bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a happy and quiet, but solitary life.
In spite of the daily challenges he faces for being little, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter, a new friend.
This is an endearing story targeting younger readers who sometimes feel small or lost in a world geared for big kids and adults. Kids can sympathize with Little Elliot and easily understand his feeling of accomplishment after helping out his new friend, who is even smaller than he is.
As good as the story is, the illustrations in “Little Elliot, Big City” are even better! Author and illustrator Curato takes readers back to a retro-looking New York City and features special detail touches that capture the period perfectly such as cars with running boards, glass-encased subway entrances, two-toned buses, antique cash registers, brownstone entryways and even a sign advertising pie for a whopping 10¢! Expect to see and read more about Curato, more books featuring Little Elliot are expected to hit bookshelves in 2015 and 2016!
It’s hard work being a farmer so imagine how much harder it is to be a dinosaur farmer!
Jack and his pet dino-dog get up early each morning to tend to the duties on the dinosaur farm. First the pterodactyl eggs need collecting. Then the Triceratops need to be let out to graze. Of course the Diplodocus need a good scrub after their mud bath because they get very messy.
As the day goes on, Jack becomes more battered and bruised by his encounters – the Pterodactyl were not the most co-operative when it came to collecting their eggs, the Diplodocus’ bath time was a bit more exciting than it was meant to be and the boisterous Triceratops sent him flying as they rushed out of their pen! Exhausted after his daily chores, Jack collapses into bed. But wait! Did he close the gate to the T-Rex pen?!
“Dinosaur Farm” is told in a number of small words and sentences – great for any new and newly independent readers. The book features bright and vibrant colors and features illustrations of dinosaurs in all different shapes are sizes. The dinosaurs themselves are drawn to be cute, friendly and playful and not scary and dangerous.
For our next KidLit installment make sure to bring your sense of adventure and you’re your passport handy! We’ll be featuring books about trips and faraway places!
Now it’s your turn to share. What books are you reading this month?
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