Ladybug Girl – Rainy Day Reads #5

A number of our customers have mentioned Ladybug Girl and we are thrilled to give this series of books by David Soman and Jacky Davis the FPK stamp of ‘approval’!  Ladybug Girl is always in costume and we see that it helps to give her confidence and allows her to create and live into strong possibilities for herself.  Even when her older brother diminishes her confidence with unkind words, she is able to find her super-heroism by saving ants as ‘Ladybug Girl’. Continue reading

A Sea-Wishing Day – Rainy Day Reads #4

Imaginations, Ahoy!  I was thrilled to have this fabulous book recommended by a local children’s librarian, and even more thrilled to learn that the author and illustrator are both Canadians!  ‘A Sea-Wishing Day’ is by British Columbian, Robert Heidbreder and is illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton from Ontario.

I knew I’d love this book right from the first line:

I wished so hard

To sail the sea

That the sea

Sailed right to me!

Beautiful gouache illustrations and a perfectly androgynous protagonist with a trusty side-kick who might be a dog (but could also be a unicorn!) present an exhilarating adventure that includes pirates, sea monsters, creepy caves, mermaids, treasures and more.  The rhyming lines make it extra fun to read aloud.

What imaginary land or world has your kid been hanging out in lately?


Wolfe & Petersen’s Pocket Carnival

Yahoo!  Toronto Buskerfest starts tomorrow!

Meet Eric Wolfe and Mike Petersen (both exceptionally talented puppeteers I met through my previous career in live theatre production).  These creative geniuses have joined forces in a fantastic performance at Buskerfest that will delight the proverbial ‘children of all ages’.  Woolfe & Petersen’s Pocket Carnival is modeled after the centuries-old traditions of the Punch and Judy show and the Flea Circus. (Here’s a little trailer for their performance.) Continue reading

Not A Box – Rainy Day Reads #3

I recently discovered this simple, fabulous little book that takes the extreme, complex imagination of our older heroes, Jillian Jiggs and Max and distills the message down to its simplest form for the youngest children.  ‘Not A Box’ by Antoinette Portis combines the simple illustration style of ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon‘ with the vital message that simple objects have limitless potential for adventure.  I am so delighted to have found this wonderful author/illustrator!

“Why are you sitting in that box?” (asks page one)

“It’s not a box.” (replies our long-eared protagonist)

Here is a lovely little animation of Antoinette Portis’ book that tells the whole story in one short minute – check it out – I hope you will be as delighted as me.  There is another book called ‘Not A Stick’ which is just as great and follows the same pattern.

“Mom, I need a box,” is a familiar refrain around here.  I can’t even count how many boxes have become rocket ships, robots and pirate ships in our house…it seems like there is always one such ‘not a box’ hanging around.  Tell us about the box-adventurers at your house!