Yesterday I wrote about two of my favorite new picture books and questioned how one person could love Jon Klassen and Marla Frazee in equal measure.
I think the answer lies in their strengths. Both talented authors and illustrators. Both with excellent senses of humor. One who appeals to the rainbow and smily faces in us all and the other who awakens the part of us that really does just want to laugh when someone walks out of the bathroom with toilet paper stuck to the bottom of their shoe. We all have these two parts in us and sometimes we need books that talk to one side or the other.
Frazee’s latest, Boot and Shoe, tells an amazingly sweet and funny story of two dogs, devoted to each other even during one very long day. Even non-dogs lovers will want to snuggle up with these two.
And then there’s Klassen’s much anticipated follow up to I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat. Again, we are left to wonder the fate of the main character as we consider whether to giggle uproariously or to question if the ending is too dark to read to little ones before bedtime.
So, a little bit for each of us and for each part of us. Enjoy…