{book love}: a couple colorful ones

Sharing picture books that have put smiles on our faces!
Because....who doesn't love picture books??!

This book, The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington and illustrated by Shelley Jackson, had me at "Hello".  A grandmother's farm and chickens! Those mixed media illustrations.....oh, my! Fabric, graph paper, paint, and is that a doily I see?!
The first-person storytelling is smart and sassy,
 "I always do three things, eat breakfast, tell stories to Big Mama, and--when Big Mama isn't looking--chase chickens!" 
"The chickens watch me, and I watch them. I think all kinds of chicken thoughts so they will not know I am up to something... Worms, slurms, swishy-mishy, ickly-tickly worms!"


The kids thoroughly enjoyed the story and studying the artist's techniques but, honestly, probably not half as much as I did!  I love this book.  It's one of those library books that I go on to purchase to enjoy again and again.

And another book that tickled our fancy was this one, Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson and Nancy Carpenter.  The crazy long subtitle sums it up nicely, "Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains".
Most any story that I can read aloud with a Western twang is a good one in my book. :)  The story centers on a little girl named Delicious and her apple-loving Daddy who fancies to take his family and their entire orchard over the wild frontier to Oregon.

The cheerful illustrations and lively language amuse right from the start, even if Good Ole Daddy is a mite bit overly-obsessed with his fruit.  This fun tall tale had us grinnin' ear to ear.


My quick visit to the library today had me limping out to the car, my bagful of books bruising my leg.  I've said it before but I must say again, I'm SO very thankful for the library!  Have you read anything smart and sassy and colorful lately?
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