August is a perfect time to read There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Laurel Molk (Candlewick Press, 2017). I have fond memories of summer trips to Maine, which were made perfect by some dockside meals at lobster pots.
Of course, I never caught the lobsters myself. Maybe I’d be scared of them like Sukie, the dog character in There Might Be Lobsters. Sukie is afraid of many things: big stairs, beach balls, the big rough ocean, and especially lobsters. Sukie is always comforted by her stuffed monkey, Chunka Munka, and shown lots of patience by her owner, Eleanor.
We’ve all had times where we’ve had fears like Sukie. What will help Sukie be brave at the beach? I’m not going to spoil the story for you. This book is delightful and will leave you with a smile, cheering on Sukie, and maybe even chasing away some of your or your young reader’s own fears.
At a recent trip to the library, I discovered a new book on opposites that is a visual delight as well as a fresh and more in-depth look at opposites than is typically presented for young children.
DOUBLE TAKE: A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood and illustrated by Jay Fleck (Candlewick Studio, 2017) is a concept book in rhyme that teaches opposites. However, it further develops the concept of opposites by showing how some opposites, such as fast and slow or strong and weak, change depending on the point of view of the reader. Seventeen pairs of opposites are illustrated and explained, which is great start for your young reader just learning about them. Readers will want to reread DOUBLE TAKE for the crisp, fun and endearing illustrations that carry the same three characters throughout the book. Older readers will want to start making comparisons with all kinds of opposites.
Take a look at DOUBLE TAKE. Share it with your special young reader. I think you’ll both be delighted. And the blue elephant is so darn cute!