Category Archives: Humor

Here Comes Teacher Cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here Comes Teacher Cat
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017

There’s just something charming about Here Comes Teacher Cat.

Cat gets woken up to help out Ms. Melba, the Kitty School teacher, who goes away for the day.  Cat does not want to help.  Reluctantly he goes.  First he tries to get out of it.  When that doesn’t work he goes to the supply cabinet.  Using signs, he tells the class they will do music—until they become too loud. Then he decides to build a fish fountain, and the kids take over and build it.  Then he decides art is the next subject, and pour large tubs of paint and models how to get in one and paint the walls and floor.  But then Ms. Melba is about to return!  Told with minimal words, readers just wait for Cat to get in trouble.  Ink and color pencil drawings with lots of character make it fun to read the pictures.

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A Cat is Better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cat is Better
by Linda Joy Singleton, illustrated by Jorge Martin
Little Bee Books, 2017

Readers meet ‘confident’ cat at the pet store when a young boy picks him up.  Cat knows he is the most perfect pet and gives the boy permission to take him home.  But wait!  The boy is getting a dog, too?!  The cat knows this is a big mistake.  Readers will laugh as the cat points out all his attributes and all the dog’s foibles, while insisting he is the perfect pet.  But lo, readers will also see the side of the cat that makes mistakes and concessions.  A well balanced, tongue-in-cheek funny story asserting cats are better than dogs.

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Shorty and Clem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorty and Clem
by Michael Slack
Harper, 2017

While Clem is away, a package arrives.  Shorty is super curious.  He imagines all the things it could be.  He imagines it is for him, until he sees it’s for Clem.  Still, he imagines it’s a race car and ‘drives’ the package, he imagines it’s a trampoline and jumps on the package.  So excited, he eventually imagines he hears monkeys inside the package and unable to hold himself back, tears open the package, and there are monkeys inside!  But then he feels remorseful that he opened his friends package.

Young readers will love this suspense and will relate to Shorty’s inability to contain himself when wondering about the unexpected package.

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There, There

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There, There
by Tim Beiser, illustrated by Bill Slavin
Tundra Books, 2017

As half the work of a picture book is the illustrations, this book’s textured, rich acrylic pictures, kept me turning the pages, again and again.  I was not familiar with Bill Slavin‘s books, but I’m reading them now.  A Canadian artist, he’s won numerous awards.

The text, written in well-done rhyme also pulled me in.  The story features a whiney rabbit who complains of just about everything, and a patient bear who accepts his friend’s quirks up to a point.  Tired of all his complaining, he marches his friend out and show’s him an earthworm who spends all his time in dirt, has no arms or legs and gets happy when he mistakes his own rear end for a friend!  Fortunately, rabbit gets it, and suddenly the day turns warm.  But the worm, tossed into the dirt was insulted!  The story ends on a humorous note in perfect rhyme.

A fresh story with a good lesson.

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Plankton is Pushy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plankton is Pushy
by Jonathan Fenske
Scholastic Press, 2017

Humor and tension run high in this story when Plankton tries to strike up a conversation with Mussel.  Mussel gives no reply.  Plankton considers this behavior just plain rude and proceeds to explain to Mussel how social rules are when someone says hi.  He gives Mussel another chance, but still no response from Mussel.  First Plankton gets angry, then he gets desperate and begs Mussel to speak.  The clam begins to open his shell, and Plankton gets excited that he is about to speak and leans in closer.  And closer, until, you guessed it—Snap!  Find out what Plankton thinks about Mussel.

While this shtick has been played out in many different scenarios, it remains funny in this sea world adventure.  Award winning author and illustrator Jonathan Fenske uses contrasts to the delight of readers in this story.  A small, salmon-colored plankton trying to push around a large, gray mussel clam sets the stage. The very emotional plankton moves up and down, forth and back, while the stoic mussel that just sits on the ocean bed.  A fun read.

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Whoops!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Whoops!

by Suzi Moore, illustrated by Russell Ayto
Templar Books, 2016

The problems are simple, the cat can’t meow, the dog can’t woof, and the mouse can’t squeak.  How can get it right?  The wise owl, sends them off to the little old lady in a house in the woods who will give them a “spell to make them well.”  (Yes, it’s all in perfect rhyme.)  But the little old lady, emphasis on old, doesn’t seem to be able to find the right spell, for the cat goes cluck!, the dog goes quack!, and the mouse goes cock-a-doodle-doo!—“Whoops!”  So she tries again, and again, and again.   Whoops!  Find out if she can cast the right spell.  Readers will enjoy the mystery story, the mix-ups with their Whoops!, and the intensely colored pages when a spell is cast.  A downright funny story.

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Dad School

Dad School
by Rebecca Van Slyke, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Doubleday Books for Young Readers

With Van Slyke’s playful and innocent words and Burris’ funny and loving illustrations, this book is a winner!  When Lucas goes to school, he imagines his dad goes to ‘Dad School’.  He just knows it’s where Dad learns to fix boo-boos, make huge snacks and throw kids up in the air and catch them.  Dad and young one will laugh together at the humorous illustrations of dad being playful like a kid at school. Lucas is sure his dad was the best student.  But, dad says his favorite, best and most important job is…you guessed it.  A delightful, loving book, perfect for dad and a young one.

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There, There

There, There
by Tim Beiser, illustrated by Bill Slavin
Tundra Books, 2017

As half the work of a picture book is the illustrations, this book’s textured, rich acrylic pictures, kept me turning the pages, again and again.  I was not familiar with Bill Slavin‘s books, but I’m reading them now.  A Canadian artist, he’s won numerous awards.

The text, written in well-done rhyme also pulled me in.  The story features a whiney rabbit who complains of just about everything, and a patient bear who accepts his friend’s quirks up to a point.  Tired of all his complaining, he marches his friend out and show’s him an earthworm who spends all his time in dirt, has no arms or legs and gets happy when he mistakes his own rear end for a friend!  Fortunately, rabbit gets it, and suddenly the day turns warm.  But the worm, tossed into the dirt was insulted!  The story ends on a humorous note in perfect rhyme.

A fresh story with a good lesson.

Read more reviews and purchase on Amazon.