Mmm, Cookies! by Robert Munsch (illustrated by Michael Martchenko)
Christopher has found himself some red play clay. Christopher loves play clay. Christopher also likes to play tricks on his parents. Christopher fashions “cookies” out of the play clay; complete with surgar, yellow icing, and raisins; and offers them to his parents; they are in for a rude awakening. It seems to be the perfect gag with no consequences; that is until Christopher’s teacher becomes involved.
With just the right balance of irreverence and comeuppance, not to mention a peace offering in the end, Robert Munsch has crafted a fun story that is a delight to share. I find it works best in large groups as together you get create the cookies with lots whapping and swishing and chiking and gliking and plunking! The reader also gets to let loose with plenty of YUCK! PWAH! SPLICHT! and of course GLA-GLA-GLA-GLA!
Too much fun!
Here a Chick, Where a Chick? by Suse MacDonald
Oh dear! The chicks have wandered off and are hiding somewhere on the farm. Where could they be? Are they in the cart? No, those are the geese. Are they behind the gate? No, that’s the pig. Hmm. It seems that they chicks aren’t the only ones playing hide-and-seek.
This is a simple yet beautiful lift-the-flap book that’s great for younger preschool children, but I have found it also works nicely in groups of mixed ages. It combines colourful illustrations, a simple repeating phrase, “Here a chick, where a chick?” and the fun of peeking behind the flap to see who’s hiding on the farm. There’s also the added bonus of animals sounds, and if you know anything about me, I love making animal sounds!
Two at the Zoo, A Counting Book by Danna Smith (illustrated by Valeria Petrone)
A boy is taking his grandpa to the zoo (two red tickets let them through). With brand-new hats and a sunny sky, the boy and his grandpa set out to visit the animals. Starting with one black bear, two pretty parrots, and ending with ten hairy wart hogs, this delightful book has rhyming text, whimsical illustrations, and at every stop along the way there is a chance to participate as “we count…” is repeated for every number.
Have fun introducing animals and numbers as we spend a full day with a boy and his grandpa, two at the zoo.