Well, I'm still hacking up a lung and developing Mount Kleenex, but after the first good night's sleep in--days? weeks?!--I'm feeling a bit more like myself. Which is good, cause the to-do list has gotten a bit massive in my absence. And okay, blogging is not on the top of the to do list... but I've missed it!
This week in my "Forms, Ages and Stages" course we're working on picture books. Which is good, because I don't think I could have handled much more this week! Specifically we're discussing one of the greatest picture books of all time, Maurice Sendak's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. (Ohhh... click here for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE tattoos! Also some other literary ones). But our tutor recommended some other picture books as well. So I also read:
- COME ON, DAISY by Jane Simmons (perhaps the most adorable duck pictures I have ever seen!)
- OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
- LEON AND BOB by Simon James (I think this was my favorite; I even got a little teary eyed at the end)
- KING & KING by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland (this wasn't one of the recommended books, but I've heard a lot about it--it's banned in the US frequently--so when I saw a copy in the library, I had to get it. It's funny, when I read it, I just found a charming story with fascinating collage-like illustrations. Yes, it is about gay marriage, but otherwise it's just a cute story about a prince falling in love).
But I'm really excited about trying my hand at a picture book or two of my own. I think the excitement will wane dramatically when I discover just how hard it is to have character development, a climax and resolution in 300 words, but for now it sounds like a fun challenge. I'll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime, what are some of your favorite picture books? And Mom, Dad (I know you're out there!), what were some of mine?