Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Top Job

I love Perfect Picture Book Fridays!  The only hard part is choosing just one book to share each week when there are usually about 50 I’d like to add to the list! 🙂

Before we get to today’s choice though, I think we need to have a serious discussion about the Official Perfect Picture Book Snack.  Something Chocolate has already been taken for Would You Read It Wednesdays, so put on your thinking caps boys and girls, and let’s come up with something scrumptious! 🙂  Because I’m a mite peckish!  The comment section is open for suggestion….

But back to PPBF….  I love books that turn out to be something you didn’t expect.  I love getting to the end and thinking to myself, “Wow, that author was clever!”  I love books that I like better every time I read them.  And that is just the kind of book I’m sharing today!

The Top Job
Written By: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Illustrated By: Robert Neubecker
Dutton Juvenile, July 2007, Fiction based on fact

Suitable For: ages 5-8

Theme/Topic: Careers, Standing up for yourself, Coping with rudeness and bragging.

Opening:  “On Career Day, Mrs. Feeny asked her students to stand up in class and talk about their parents’ jobs.  Emma Sweetpaw said her dad was a UFO hunter.  She said he used a two-ton telescope to search the sky for flying saucers and a giant satellite to receive alien transmissions.”

Brief Synopsis:  One by one, the students stand up and brag about what their parents do – a UFO hunter, a jeweler, a NASCAR driver.  When it’s the narrator’s turn, she says her dad changes light bulbs, which seems pretty tame compared to what everyone else does… until she reveals which lightbulbs!

Links To Resources:  Careers (grades K-5),  Careers (grades 6-8) (these are both link lists to info on all kinds of careers), Amazing Facts About The Empire State Building, Fun Facts About The Empire State Building

Why I Like This Book:  What kid wouldn’t love to have a parent with a really cool and unusual job?  This book is set up very cleverly.  The first few kids to introduce their parents careers all brag – their parents are UFO hunters, jewelers, and NASCAR drivers.  Pretty hard to top!  When it’s the narrator’s turn, she sets them up, saying her dad changes light bulbs.  Of course they make fun… until they find out where the light bulbs are.  The pacing is great, letting the reader discover a page at a time that all isn’t exactly as it seems.  I also love that the story is based on fact – someone really does have to change those light bulbs and it’s a pretty tricky job!  This book offers a great deal of information about a little-known job as well as a great opportunity to talk about all the different careers that are open to kids when they grow up.  It’s interesting, educational, clever, and fun!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

In other news, I wanted to share the Reach Out And Read report with you but I don’t have the pictures yet, so I’m going to save that for next week.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Perfect Picture Books everyone else chooses today – it’s always so much fun!  And then we all have tons of great new choices for the weekend – to read to our kids, plan upcoming lessons, or to learn from as writers!  What could be more fun than that?  Please post your Perfect Picture Book link below and have a great weekend!

72 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Top Job

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Did you try your link and it didn't work? I will do it for you if need be, but I thought you usually got it on there…

    Catherine Johnson (unregistered) wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:

    Oh how fab you got all that information about it. And yay for popcorn, boo for my link never showing lol 😛

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  2. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I'm sorry, Diane, I didn't realize you'd asked me to put it up and I didn't get your email post notification yet… I'll do it now. Maybe we should put chocolate and popcorn together – chocolate popcorn! I'm sure I've seen it at the Popcorn Factory 🙂

  3. Penny Klostermann says:

    Well…no! Wish I lived close enough. I did have something similar to this at Mimi's Cafe while visiting my sister in Scottsdale. So…if you have Mimi's, you could take your laptop and do PPBF there 🙂

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Alas, no Mimi's that I know of! You may have a good idea though… there's a great bakery not too far away… 🙂

    Penny Klostermann wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:

    Well…no! Wish I lived close enough. I did have something similar to this at Mimi's Cafe while visiting my sister in Scottsdale. So…if you have Mimi's, you could take your laptop and do PPBF there 🙂

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  5. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    The story sounds so much fun. I love surprises and the artwork looks very entertaining. Snack. Hmm. I made some dipped and bedazzled (sprinkles, chips, etc) marshamallow pops the other day. It could be an option. Sweet, but not chocolate. I love the idea of popcorn, too.

  6. Angela Brown says:

    Okay, now I'm anxious to know where he changes these light bulbs lol!!! I better get this book and share it with my kiddo so I can find out. Great pick, Susanna.

    I want to second This Kid Reviews Bks suggestion of cheesecake. I love it, although it has waaay too much love for my hips.

  7. Laura Renauld says:

    You left me hanging and wanting more! Just like a good review should. I'm so happy to have joined the PPBF group of bloggers. Can't wait to get to the library to read all these great recommendations.

  8. Rosalind Adam says:

    Oh Susanna! I need to know where those light bulbs are!! And as for food, you can't beat a home made sandwich sponge with fresh fruit and cream inside.

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