Monday, November 21, 2011

2012 Blue Spruce™ Nominees: the final 3 books

Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!
Marie-Louise Gay

Roslyn Rutabaga is an exuberant, feisty young rabbit with a vivid imagination. One day Roslyn wakes up with a plan. She will dig the biggest hole on earth.

Not a tiny mouse hole.
Not a medium-sized rabbit hole.
The Biggest Hole on Earth!

With her father's quiet encouragement, Roslyn sets out on her big adventure. Obstacles abound -- a grumpy worm, a grouchy mole and a bone-hogging dog get in her way. Will she find a pirate's treasure or a dinosaur bone? Will she meet a penguin? Anything could happen!

Marie-Louise Gay has written and illustrated this humorous and endearing tale as an ode to the imagination and determination of children, who create their own worlds out of the little things in life.
A very cute story and it is great to see a Dad in a story actively encouraging a child and joining in the fun! I also enjoyed the obstacles Roslyn runs into and the use of the backyard environment and inhabitants to help explore her immediate world. Lots of fun!

Small Saul
Ashley Spires

From the creator of Binky the Space Cat, a hilarious story about an unconventional little pirate.

Ahoy there! Will this sweet little pirate find his place aboard The Rusty Squid or will he be forced to walk the plank?

When Small Saul joins the crew of The Rusty Squid, it doesn't take long for the other pirates to notice something is very different about this tiny fellow. He was born to sing sea shanties, bake pineapple upside down cakes and redecorate, not to hold a sword and plunder. Being rough and tough just isn't in his nature.

Small Saul learned at Pirate College that pirates only care about three things: their ship, being tough and lots and lots of treasure. Can Small Saul show these ruffians that despite his gentle spirit, he's worth his weight in gold? With treasure chests of laughs, Small Saul's high-seas adventure is a light-hearted celebration of individuality, perseverance and being true to one's self.
This book gives a great message that everyone has value and a place in the world. Students will learn that it is OK to be different and that it's all about being the best you, you can be!

Stanley's Little Sister
Linda Bailey, Bill Slavin

Stanley's home life goes awry when he suddenly finds himself with a new, feline "sister." Making friends with this perplexing creature is not easy. Stanley's big, friendly sniff is met with an abrupt THWACK! from the cat's paw. "ROWP!" yelps Stanley. No fair!

Even less fair is the way his people blame him for causing trouble when all he's trying to do is make friends! Is it Stanley's fault the cat doesn't understand dog talk? Given time and a bit of mutual understanding, can peace and purring reign in Stanley's house?

Young readers familiar with the "dog's eye view" of Stanley and his world will rejoice at the addition of Fluffy the cat.
As a pet 'owner' since the age of 3, I recognised the relationship between Stanley and Fluffy. Their antics could easily be witness in my home. Daily.
This would also be a great story for anyone trying to navigate the changes when someone new comes into their life - new baby in the family, step-siblings or even someone joining their circle of friends.

**Images and book descriptions taken from the OLA site.

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