Friends, forgive me for lying down on the job … literally. I’ve had some sort of crazy infection, but I’m back on my feet and ready to talk more about books that appeal to kids who think they have better things to do than read.
Let’s start with some eye candy. My friends at Pooh’s Corner discovered Gallop (Workman, $12.95) and it’s perfect for emerging readers. Called a ‘Scanimation Picture Book,’ it uses a technique of motion photography that makes the pictures seem to move on their own. It’s a novelty book but put together in such a way that little ones can’t pull it apart like a pop-up. Here’s the text: “Can you gallop like a horse? Giddyup-a-loo! Can you strut like a rooster? Cock-a-doodle-do!” There’s one question for each cardboard page spread and on the opposite page, you see a horse seemingly in motion, or a rooster strutting along. There’s a lovely rhyming lilt to the text, key words repeated at the end, and lots of visual interest in this little package … sort of a one-man-band literacy package.