Category Archives: Awards – Theodor Seuss Geisel

Award is given for the most distinguished book for beginning readers.

Oops Pounce Quick Run! An Alphabet Caper












Oops Pounce Quick Run!  An Alphabet Caper
by Mike Twohy
Balzer + Bray, 2016
2017 Geisel Honor Book

Using approximately 26 words, beginning with A and ending with Z, we follow a story of a sleeping mouse who is chased by a dog when the dog’s ball accidentally bounces into the mouse’s lap.  For readers learning the alphabet, they’ll delight in finding the next letter really does continue the story as the chase goes through the Kitchen, Living room, and the mouse is Missing.  The O, P, Q, R in the title are the actual words in the story.  See how the illustrations work together with the alphabet words to make this story one of suspense, yet one with an endearing ending.  A fun and educational read.

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Waiting is Not Easy!

Waiting is Not Easy!
by Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children, 2014
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award

Maybe it’s because ‘waiting’ struck a strong cord with me, but I found “Waiting is Not Easy!” hilarious and read it several times over the course of a week.  I read it originally because it won the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award.

The beauty of “Waiting is Not Easy!”, is the words set up the story and the pictures show us the punch lines with humor lavished on each page—they are just plain fun to read!

In studying what makes this books special, I noted it had 57 page books, 25 more pages than the typical picture book.  In doing some research, I discovered Willem’s first career was in stand-up comedy, producing videos, and later he was asked to work on PBS’s Sesame Street, where he garnered 6 Emmys.  He has a talent of seeing each slight visual change in an interaction, exaggerating it for children (and parents) to enjoy.  And he has a talent of bringing humor to the page, through both words and art.  This book is great for parents to read to young children 2-4 and perfect for early readers, 4-6.

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