2009 Storybook Parade!

Barrow’s 2009 storybook parade is now history.  We had a wonderful morning celebrating great books and dressing up as characters.  Students paraded across the stage, received bookmarks, and had their names announced.  After all students crossed the stage, we marched to 5 Points shouting “Read More Books!”.  Our 5th graders stopped by Jittery Joe’s and enjoyed some hot chocolate.  Thanks so much Jittery Joe’s for treating us like stars.  Check out our pictures.  It’s not too early to start thinking about what you would like to be next year. :-)

Gaiman…the picture book author?

Many of you have enjoyed reading Coraline and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, but did you know that he also writes picture books?  We just received two new picture books in our media center, and I really enjoyed reading them.  They have the same quirkiness and uniqueness that Gaiman’s novels have.

In Crazy Hair, Gaiman writes in rhyming text that tells the story of a man with crazy hair.  When a girl comments that she thinks the man has crazy hair, he proceeds to describe just how crazy his hair really is.  From tigers and bears to hot air balloons, there’s all kinds of things inside this man’s hair!  The illustrations are full of life and take the reader on a journey through each strand of twisted, tangled hair.  David McKean has a knack for creating illustrations that are curious and unique.  A reader can enjoy simply flipping through the illustrations to see what he can find.   Get lost in the maze of craziness by reading Crazy Hair.

In Wolves in the Walls, illustrator Dave McKean creates eery pictures that compliment Gaiman’s spooky story.  Lucy and her family live in an old house that is full of noises.  Lucy knows that there are wolves in the walls and her family knows that if the wolves come out, it’s all over.  This is a great story to read in the dark or to read aloud.  I loved how the text changes sizes because it helps you know when to make your voice really quiet or really loud if you are reading aloud.  Even though this is a creepy tale, stick with it because you might just find out that having wolves in the walls isn’t so bad after all.

Stop by the media center and soon and take a look at these two new books.