Now that school is back in session, picture books are a great way to relax after a long day. The following are a selection of new pictures books that Off the Beaten Path is proud to share.
All the books are targeted toward children age 3 through 8, though picture books are also fun for kids who already know how to read; they help with building vocabulary, fluency and keeping kids engaged and interested in reading.
The book reviews of "Return," by Aaron Becker, "Lion Lessons," by Jon Agee, "The Forgetful Knight," by Michelle Robinson and Fred Blunt, "Good Night, Baddies," by Deborah Underwood and juli Kangas are written by Chris Erickson, manager of Off the Beaten Path. This review was originally published in Steamboat Pilot.
“Return” is the third book by Becker, a Caldecott Award-winning author/illustrator. It tells the story of a young girl who wants to go on an adventure with her father, but he always seems too busy. This is the girl’s third trip into the fantasy world of kings and castles. Can the father find his daughter and persuade her to return?
This book, like Aaron’s previous two titles, “Journey” and “Quest,” is beautifully illustrated with no words. This book can be “read” many times, each time with a different story. With each turn of the page, there are so many things to talk about, making this book fun for many ages.
So, what do you do when you don’t want to be a little boy anymore and you want to be a lion? Well … you take Lion Lessons from a professional lion. There are seven steps to being a lion, and you must pass each one. This is a great book for teaching kids about setting goals and seeing them through to the end.
“The Forgetful Knight” is a fun and mixed-up story about a knight who tells his tale but can’t remember where the story is going. He says one thing and really means another. He thinks he is on a quest to to prove himself as a knight by fighting a dragon who ate his friend. This is wonderfully fun, zany story to read aloud.
What do the villains — “baddies” — of fairy tales do when the day is over and it’s time to go to bed? Underneath all their bad exteriors, these creatures have soft hearts. They go home and do the same things others do to get ready for bed … eat dinner with their friends and brush their teeth. The illustrations are delightful, and the rhymes fun to read.