Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin (illustrated by James Dean)
Pete the Cat has a favourite shirt with four big, colorful, round, groovy buttons. Pete loves his buttons a lot. He loves his buttons so much he sings a song about them. Unfortunately the buttons begin to pop off one at a time. Oh no! Surely the loss of these groovy buttons would be a cause for unbelievable sorrow; but does Pete cry? Goodness, no!
In the same way Pete was able to teach us to keep on walking along, singing our song no matter what we step in, he returns again to show us that buttons come and buttons go, but no matter what, you just have to keep on singing.
A catchy song, a lesson in subtraction, and a simple yet endearing example of perseverance, Litwin and Dean once again team up to give children (and adults) a message of positivity in the face of disappointment.
Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! by David McPhail
Late one night
As I sat reading,
I thought I heard
The sound of feeding.
So begins an evening of dismay filled with a substantial sorting of unsettling swine. There are pigs making oatmeal in the sink, pigs from England and France, pigs arriving by boat, plane, bus and train. All culminating in a food fight, a humongous pizza bill, and ultimately, a collection of contrite pigs who will do what is necessary to put things right.
A fun story told in rhyme with humourous and detailed illustrations, children will enjoy the sheer ridiculousness of these house crashing hogs.
It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle (illustrated by Jeremy Tankard)
Are you ready for a story?
We’ll start in the jungle…
… where it seems that everywhere you turn, there’s a tiger! Is that a monkey swinging from a vine? No, it’s a tiger! Is that a great big fuzzy snake? No, it’s a tiger! What happens when we open this chest that just happens to be on the beach we washed up on? I’ll give you three guesses.
Filled with cool illustrations, this is a great story to get the children up and moving to as you duck, climb, slide, and swim, all in an attempt to get away from the omnipresent Panthera tigris. Of course, there’s also the added bonus of getting everyone to yell out, “A TIGER!” every time we catch sight of the oversized tabby.