Time for another week’s round-up of fantastic picture books!
As you can tell by the age of the last few books I’ve reviewed, I am calling on my personal library for choices during this time when visits to the bookstore and local public library are impossible. Luckily, I have so many gems! 😊
With Spring in the air, and Easter this weekend, it seems like a perfect time for a perfect picture book about eggs! This book is an amazing example of how much story you can convey with only 125 words!
Title: Except If
Written & Illustrated By: Jim Averbeck
Atheneum Books For Young Readers, January 2011, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 2-8
Themes/Topics: imagination, potential, unexpected outcomes
Opening: “An egg is not a baby bird
but it will become one
it becomes a baby snake.”
Brief Synopsis: From the Amazon book description: “In this young, clever, and whimsical picture book in the spirit of Not a Box and First the Egg, an egg is not just an egg, but a symbol of the potential a child’s imagination holds. As each image melds smoothly, but unexpectedly, into the next, readers are invited to stretch the limits of their imagination.”
Links To Resources: Chick Hatching Activity including video, craft, song, snack idea, and more! And to make it even more fun, you could let kids put whatever they want inside the egg – frog, turtle, snake, dinosaur, etc…!
Why I Like This Book: I love this book because the first time I read it it stretched my imagination! I turned the pages wondering where would the author go next? How could he keep the surprises going? As a writer, it’s a great example of giving your imagination free rein and letting it take you to unexpected places, as well as how much story you can tell in very few words. As a reader (child or adult 😊), it gives just enough hints to make you think you might know what comes next…only to discover it’s something else! For teachers, it’s a great model of how you could encourage students to explore their own concepts/ideas in a story form in an unexpected way. The book is deceptively simple, a fun read for youngest readers, but just as intriguing for older ones!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! Happy Passover and Happy Easter to those who celebrate! 🙂
7 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Except If”
What a delightful choice! I love how it encourages imagination and thinking outside the box. Anything could be in that egg. Have a wonderful Easter!
Such a great book!
I love how this book keeps defying our expectations. Great choice! 🙂
I love this book by Jim Averbeck. He’s created some very “unexpected” picture books in recent years.
Such an imaginative book & a great egg-centric choice for the holidays.
LOVE this book…love the title.
Hope you are staying safe, dear Susanna!
I haven’t heard of this one. It sounds wonderful! Thank you!