Happy Wednesday All! Today is the day that the winner of the 'What Wasn't Under Your Tree' giveaway is announced. And the winner is ... Mary Beth!! She missed out on getting Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk for Christmas but that is all taken care of now. Congratulations, Mary Beth.
Next order of business... It was a sad, sad day for me when my kids began reading chapter books. It meant that I could no longer hide behind them in my obsession for picture books. I love them so much! Finally, a couple of years ago, I started buying them again and telling everyone I was collecting them to read to future grandchildren. Thank goodness for the picture book challenge which gives me a valid excuse to, once again, take picture books out of the library. And, boy, did I luck out on the two I picked up this week!
The book did not disappoint. The story was just complex enough to keep a child interested without getting lost in the details: human child helps dragon child; dragon family repays human child. Possibly the best part of the book, though? The heavy pages full of embossed pictures. As I was reading it, my fingers were constantly feeling the pictures. (Tactile stimulation and a good story were always favourites with my small kids.) And I cannot say enough about the artwork. The colours and facial expressions on the characters are priceless. Great book!
Then we get into the story.As the title indicates, Trumpet has a hard time controlling his temper but his Mommy helps him learn some very helpful anger management techniques. This would be such a fun read aloud book because of all the emotion and sound in the text. "It toppled to the ground. SPLAT!" Lots of opportunity for fun voices and actions. The art work is simple in that there is not a lot of background detail but the character pictures are very detailed and interesting to look at. I especially loved the eyes of each character: very expressive. This is a great book for teaching about staying in control of your actions - with some counting thrown in for good measure. Loved it!