Davis, E. (2008). Stinky: A Toon Book. New York: Little Lit Library.
Stinky is a monster who loves pickles and possums, but is deadly afraid of people. When a kid enters his swamp, this monster comes up with lots of different crazy ideas to scare him. Stinky however, learns soon that bats, rats, and toads are not the only friends he can find in the swamp.
This hilarious and heart- warming story proves that even monsters can make new friends. There is an underlying lesson about getting to know people who are different from you. There are many elements of fantasy in the illustrations. Pages are broken up into different pictures on each page helping readers visualize the story.
Goble, P., & Bradbury Press. (1978). The girl who loved wild horses. Scarsdale, NY: Bradbury Press.
This is a story about an Indian girl who loves horses. The village people notice she understands them in a special way. She falls asleep and is awaken by a rumbling sound. She grabs on to one of the horses and realizes later she is lost. A year later, she was found. Glad to be home, her parents noticed she was not happy. They let her go live with the wild horses. The village people later notice a beautiful stallion they believe is her.
This Native American folktale is full of luscious illustrations. The author’s art reflects their culture and customs. It reveals colorful details. Art and storytelling combine show the love of and harmony with nature which characterizes the Native American culture.
Kinney, J., Jacobson, N., Bowers, D., Gordon, Z., Bostick, D., Harris, R., . . . Simpson, B. (2012). Diary of a wimpy kid: Dog days. Moore Park, N.S.W: Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment South Pacific
Greg is a middle school student who finds himself stuck in school where he shares the halls with kids who are taller and meaner than him. He is undersized and a weakling. Greg meets Rouey and uses his popularity to his advantage. Recorded in his diary with comic strips and his own words unfolds hilarious results.
It is a fun book. Visually very appealing and the layout of text and cartoons is great. It is written for any child thoughtful about growing up and who is looking for a friend. Good transition between writing and pictures.
Tonatiuh, D., Middleton, M. T., & Abrams Books for Young Readers,. (2013). Pancho Rabbit and the coyote: A migrant’s tale.
Pancho Rabbit heads north hoping to make money. Years past and he doesn’t return. His eldest son, Pancho Rabbit, leaves to look for him. A coyote helps him in return for food. When the food runs out, the coyote is about to eat him. Then the father arrives and saves him. Pancho learns his dad money that he had earned and saved was stolen. They return home and the family has to decide who will and how they will return home.
This book is perfect for mature reader. The author brings to life the hardship and struggles faced by thousands of families who seek a better life for themselves and their families. The use of animals was brilliant.
Williams-Garcia, R. (2015). P.s. Be Eleven. Turtleback Books.
Eleven year old Delphin feels overwhelmed with responsibilites and worries. Just starting the 6th grade she is self-conscious about her height and nervous about her first school dance. She is supposed to be taking care of her siblings. Her uncle is from from Vietnam and seems different. Her father has a girlfriend. At least, she has her mother who she can write too. This historical novel set in the 1960’s, features vivid characters, insight into family relationships, and a strong sense of place.