5 Reasons Why Bob Shea is Awesome:

1. His books never fail to make me laugh.
2. His illustrations not only captivate young minds, they relate to them.
3. His prose makes for fantastic read-alouds
4. Toddlers and preschoolers can act out and memorize the stories
5. His new book is about the library!
I really could go on. I was completely enamored with Mr. Shea after I read New Socks. I have read it multiple times in my storytime program at the library. (I make sure to wear my new socks every time!) Then, I ordered Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. After reading, I had a room full of roaring children. You might think that sounds like a nightmare, but as a “noisy librarian,” I think it was brilliant. I enjoyed reading Dinosaur vs. the Potty (oh no! A three-juice box lunch!) and as a mom experiencing the travails of potty training, I totally love it. I scored an autographed copy of I’m a Shark, which prompted me to jump up and down and snatch it up like I was in a Black Friday showdown. Forget that it was midday and no one was even on the book aisle with me. I still hurried to purchase. So I realize I have another author crush. I don’t care. Bob Shea’s books will appeal to grown-up types as much as it does to kids, and to me that’s a very special thing. Even my husband enjoyed his gift of Oh, Daddy! with our daughter on Father’s Day. If you haven’t tried his books, please do! I promise…you’ll enjoy every word!
In his newest addition, the lovable toothy red dinosaur is back, and he’s visiting a favorite place: the library! (yay!) Instead of going it alone, as he did with bedtime and the potty, dinosaur brings along a few friends. All is fine and dandy with this roaring group of pals, but how will roaring fit in at the library? Will Storytime win against this rambunctious little guy? Read and find out!

I Want My Hat Back

Poor Bear

by Mandy


When I saw this book, I was immediately drawn by the simple cover illustration that conveys a large bear’s utter melancholy. I immediately ordered it for my Children’s Storybook Collection at my library.
Jon Klassen, the author and illustrator, does a really fantastic job in this story with a twist. Like “Tadpole’s Promise” by Jeanne Willis, there is a wry ending that might not be for everyone, but possessing an off-kilter sense of humor, I loved both books.

I Want My Hat Back is Klassen’s first foray into the double-threat of writer and illustrator. I love his style! It’s so delightfully understated that is can really be a fun read-aloud with different voices and tones. While I am no artist, I can appreciate an artfully rendered book. His color palette is very neutral, almost devoid of colors other than brown. All is muted and very natural. What I’m trying to say is that his universe is completely realized and ever so sly. Adults will enjoy this book as much as the kids! Curious? Here’s the gist:

Bear has lost his hat. He really, really wants it back. Morose and oversized, he wanders from page to page, asking his woodland compatriots. The text is so minimal that you can’t help but draw your eyes back to the ever-despondent (but ever-so-polite) bear again and again. Repeatedly, bear is informed that his hat has not been seen, but wait! Look again! There’s a wily traitor in his midst. Who could it be? It is only when bear collapses onto the ground that he receives the right questions from Deer, and he is able to reunite with his (adorable) red pointy hat.

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