Monthly Archives: April 2012

You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum


With eighteen famous sculptures and paintings, a combination of photographs, black and white sketches, and colorful accents, the illustrations certainly speak for themselves!

Weitzmman and Glasser’s graphic novel,

You Can’t Take a Balloon Into The Metropolitan Museum,

is a piece of art within itself.

A young girl and her grandmother explore the Metropolitan Muse

um while her yellow balloon sails away and embarks on a tour of the city.

Each page is divided into frames in which either the balloon or the grandmother and girl are present. The contrast between the chaotic journey of the balloon and the placid walk through the museum is magical.

One could spend hours lingering on the detailed illustrations, between the personality of the city people, and the photographs of paintings at the Met.

Where will the yellow balloon sail off to, next?




happy reading! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”- Dr. Seuss



If You Give A Moose A Muffin


A childhood favorite is Laura Numeroff’s tale of a demanding moose and his silly requests: If You Give A Moose A Muffin. The way that the moose connects memories to different objects catches adults off guard and keeps kids laughing. Would you think of sock puppets just a few moments after feeling the chilly air outside? Would you remember being a ghost for Halloween while trying to put on a puppet show? I certainly would not and love hearing the crazy train of thought of the moose. Kids enjoy the familiar format of this book as Numeroff has many books within this series and continues to add to them (see for a list). Teachers can use these books in upper grades as this series is printed in different languages as well ( 

This book is bound to bring a smile to your face. Kids will think he is just a funny moose while adults will realize he is a funny moose…who acts just like all the silly little kids they know. Kids keep you on your toes and guessing at any moment and so does the moose. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a present, library checkout, or addition to their list of favorites.

Happy Reading!


and then it’s spring


and then it’s spring expresses the anticipation that comes with waiting for the long, brown winter to pass and for spring to arrive!


After a gloomy, brown winter day, a boy and his loyal dog decide to plant a garden in hopes that spring will come early.

They plant a small seed, water it, and wait…

and wait…

and wait…

and then its spring!

The writing is so simple and yet evocatively poetic. The text reads as if it is truly from a child’s perspective with lines such as“please don’t step here. there are seeds and they are trying” but adults will still resonate with the story’s general themes.

The illustrations capture all the emotions of the boy, his dog, and the other animals waiting for their world to come to life. While the story progresses from winter to spring the color palate and landscape slowly become brighter. Every time you read this book you discover new details and layers to both the illustrations and the text.

The small details that Erin Stead adds in her illustrations like the rabbit and turtle wadding through puddles and the birds eating out of their milk carton bird feeder add a whimsical element to the story.

This beautifully simple story helps teach children the virtue of patience and the importance of the cyclical nature of life. I would use this book in a classroom if we were planting a community or class garden or learning about seeds and germination.

This book is timely, as spring has just sprung Nashville!

Happy reading and happy spring!


The Very Clumsy Click Beetle


If your a fan of Eric Carle books, then read this book!

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle tells the story of a young click beetle learning to land on it’s feet.

After watching an older click beetle land on its feet, the young click beetle decides to try!Unfortunately, the young click beetle is not able to land on its feet. . . so it tries. . .  and tries. . .  and tries again.

Then one day a boy comes walking by while the young click beetle is on its back, scaring the young click beetle so much that it could not move!

I cant give away the ending so you will just have to read this book to find out if the young beetle survives!

Eric Carle’s unique style of illustration make this book an exciting and fun read for children. The text is big and bold on each page, making it easy for children to read.  The language is simple enough for young readers comprehend and be able to read themselves.  

I would highly recommend this book for young readers. It can be a great story to read before bed!

For those who are not convinced yet, watch this animated youtube video of the story!

Happy Reading!

Hilary Phillips