Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Today is May 1st and the last thing I should be doing is reading a book!

Homewood Children's Summer Reading 2012 is fast approaching (online registration begins May 15th), and while I have two passes to the Tennessee Aquarium --for one lucky child who registers before May 30th-- ready to give away at our Grand Summer Kick off on May 31st at 10:30 am, there are a million other details to see to: prizes to pick up from local businesses, reminders to send to all the fabulous entertainers who will be here this summer, a blog to write and story times to plan.

Planning my story times?
Hey that is a perfect excuse--I mean "reason" to stop all this planning and read a book! And I know just the book...

Mo Willems'  latest book, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? . When this book first arrived in our department, I tried to wrestle it out of the hands of a fellow staff member so I could read it first...unfortunately I lost and so I had to be patient and wait.  A day or two later I heard Mo Willems in an interview on National Public Radio discussing this new book and the characters... ahhh, then I really HAD to read it!

The book is about Duckling. If you don't know who Duckling is, ask a child. They will tell you Duckling is a little guy who follows Pigeon, the cranky main character of Mo Willems'  best selling Pigeon series. In this series Pigeon has to ask to drive the bus, or not share his hotdog, or to stay up late, and now in this new book Pigeon wants to know
This duckling is getting all the attention!

Ok, Pigeon can be a bit of a 'fowl-tempered' character and sometimes it seems he believes injustice surrounds him, but can you blame him? This duckling strolls in, politely asks for a cookie and gets one! To be fair, Pigeon's reaction simply reflects the frustration pigeons and kids (and heck, some adults) feel when things just don't seem fair. Duckling is adorable, polite and just a smidgen manipulative, and is now the center of attention in this new book. 

In the NPR interview Mo Willems said, "I want parents to be engaged and I want them to laugh because it is cool." He went on to say adults sometimes forget the coolest people in the world are kids. I believe Mo Willems is a genius and I love this book.

Dona Smith
Children's Librarian

Place a hold on this book here.

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