Friday, January 6, 2012

Discover the Comedic Genius of Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger!

The combined comedic talents of author Helen Lester and illustrator Lynn Munsinger have produced some of my favorite books for kids.  Their most popular series is probably Tacky the Penguin.  A cute series about a wacky penguin whose differences make him a trial and a blessing to his perfect penguin siblings.  Lester has written many other quirky books that kids love.  Her characters are silly, sometimes not so smart, and all have a little of every child in them. The characters exaggerated behavior will keep kids laughing and engaged as they see a little of themselves in each one.  Munsinger's fun watercolor illustrations bring the stories alive with their vibrant playful portrayal of each characters antics.

Score One for the Sloths -- A school of lazy sloths who spend all their time sleeping and lolling about, meet a new classmate who is eager for activity.  When a crisis arises only their active friend can save the day.  Kids will love the images of sloths sleeping through reading, lunch at the Slotheria and recess.

A Porcupine Named Fluffy -- What do you name your newborn porcupine? Not Fluffy!  Fluffy tries to live up to his name and it just doesn't work.  Eventually he makes a friend with a name as odd as his own and learns to laugh at himself. A perfect books for kids who sometime feel their own name is not quite the right fit.

Me First -- Pinkerton, a bossy, pushy, pig always has to be first--first in line, first to eat, first on the bus. Soon enough however, on a trip to the beach he meet a Sandwitch who helps him realize that being first is not all it's cracked up to be.

Listen Buddy -- Buddy's large ears seem to indicate he will be a great listener, but he constantly confuses everything he hears.  In the kind of joke kids love -- since they are in on it-- Buddy's dad asks him to bring him a pen, instead Buddy brings him a disgruntled hen!  When an episode of bad listening almost lands Buddy in a stew pot he realizes that listening closely is more important than he thought.

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