Thursday, July 18, 2013
What Little Boys are Made of
Author & Illustrator: Robert Neubecker
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Year: 2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Bank Street College Best Children's Books, Kirkus Best Books,
Summary: Neubecker builds on the traditional phrases in the classic nursery rhyme. Neubeker's ideas: moons and stars and rockets to Mars (I want that rainbow patchwork rocket!), snakes and rats and big jungle cats, vines and rocks and razor-tooth crocs, sticks and stones and skulls and bones, Ships and sails and oceans and whales....and the surprises keep on coming! Spreads of sweet small images with lots of white spaces are alternated with gorgeous, vivid, two-page spreads that almost jump off the page! My son would have adored the dragon spread when he was younger! A must for anyone who loves a boy, is having a boy, or was a boy!
Classroom Ideas: The rhymes are perfect and the build-up on the well-known song will appeal to all young readers.