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Crybaby

Crybaby

Illustrator: Eugene Yelchin

In a quiet house

on a quiet street

a not-so-quiet baby cried…

W-A-A-A-A!

So begins this raucous read-aloud about a family who tries everything imaginable to help Baby stop crying. Children will love chanting along with this rhyming, cumulative tale as it builds in humor and frenetic energy right up to the hilarious ending.

Designed to reinforce reading readiness skills (prediction, phonemic awareness), the easy-to-memorize text is sure to delight and empower even the youngest “readers”.

Great baby shower gift or classroom addition. And a sweet and loving reminder to us all that it really does take a village to raise a child! (Preschool – 2nd grade)

 

 

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Reviews

Starred Review“Humorous, cumulative story that cries out to be read aloud. Every action is given a sound-effect description, usually two words, with the rhyming phrases adding up in a funny reverse list that children will enjoy repeating or acting out: P-e-e-u-u-w-w! / Peek-a-boo! / Hush, hush! / Rush, rush! A winning choice for reading aloud in story times and a fine gift for a family with a new baby, with or without a dog.”
                                                                                 —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

 

 

Where’s My T-R-U-C-K?

Truck

Where’s My T-R-U-C-K?*

Illustrator: David Catrow

“Shhh!” I hear my parents say,

“Tommy’s not himself today.

He’s lost his T-R-U-C-K!”

And no matter what Mom, Dad, Sis, Brother, and Grandma offer, nothing is as fun as his favorite red truck. Except maybe the hunt to find it.

I dont want jeeps or cars or planes,

or boats or bikes or trikes or trains.

I dont want green or blue or black.

I only want my red truck back.

Please help Tommy find his truck! PLEASE! His family is begging you!

A romping, rhyming read-aloud that is sure to get kids guessing, giggling, and spelling in no time. (Preschool – 2nd grade)

 

*T-R-U-C-K is meant to be spelled, letter by letter, when reading the text.

 


Reviews

Starred Review“From the very first spread…it’s clear that readers are in for a very funny encounter with a memorable personality.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Beaumont’s refrain promises that listeners will know how to spell “truck” by tale’s end and is perfectly paced for expressive pauses and exclamations. Catrow’s jam-packed pencil and watercolor scenes are masterworks of detail and humor. This is definitely a ‘read it again’ book.”

—School Library Journal

“Anyone who’s ever interacted with a young child who’s lost a favorite toy will immediately recognize this little boy and his single-mindedness in searching for his t-r-u-c-k. The rhythmic, rhyming text works well, especially out loud, as long as readers realize “t-r-u-c-k” means to spell out the word letter by letter.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“The author and illustrator team of Karen Beaumont and David Catrow do very well together depicting the messy realities of childhood. Catrow’s colorfully frenetic artwork and Beaumont’s flawlessly rhyming text will have children chanting along.”

—The New York Times


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Awards & Honors

2012 Selected for inclusion in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

2011 “Best of the Best” Reading List for Kids – Chicago Public Library

 

I Like Myself!

Myself

I Like Myself!

Illustrator: David Catrow

One little girl’s exuberant ode to self-esteem that celebrates the joy of liking who you are:

Inside, outside, upside down,
from head to toe and all around,
I like it all! It all is me!
And me is all I want to be.

Even as she imagines herself with increasingly exaggerated physical features such as “knobby knees, or hippo hips, or purple polka-dotted lips”, this indomitable little girl’s confidence and sense of self-worth remain strong.

Sassy and soulful, this book is sure to inspire every child to revel in his or her own special uniqueness. (Preschool – 2nd grade)


Reviews

“The brightly colored art and rhymes are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’s work with their quirky absurdity. A great addition.”

—School Library Journal

“Give kids a dose of healthy confidence building with this visually hilarious, romping picture book from Karen Beaumont and Dave Catrow. Loaded with wacky scenes of a small, smiley-faced girl with big self-esteem, this open-hearted picture book celebrates liking yourself. A joyous read for celebrating the spirit.”

—The B&N Review

“No matter what you look like, or what people say about you, it should not change the inherent beauty found within you. It’s amazing what deep insight can be found in an upbeat children’s rhyme…a certain winner with kids.”

—The Examiner

“Beaumont and Catrow work as a seamless team here. The result is that rare thing: an exhortation that elicits enjoyment even as it makes its point.”

—The Bulletin, “R” (Recommended)

 “Sure to become a story time favorite.”

—Kirkus Reviews

 
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Awards & Honors

2005 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award

2004 “Best Children’s Books” Award – National Parenting Publications

2004 “Best Children’s Books” Award – Disney