At 5 Minutes for Books, we are proud to feature books across many genres for children and adults. This week is all about highlighting children’s books, but if Memoir is more your style, feel free to head over that way instead.
I’m a sucker for children’s books, I admit it. Adorable cover illustrations absolutely draw me in. I get a feeling, usually right away in the course of reading a book aloud with my children, if the book is going to be a hit with them… and me. I’m happy to say that both the kids and I have been completely delighted with Deborah Ruddell’s picture book, Who Said Coo?
Lulu is a tired pig desperate for some sleep (as is her very small mouse roommate), but her attempts to snuggle down in her bed are repeatedly interrupted by the sounds of a pair of birds hanging out together by her window. When Lulu loses her temper, she only makes the situation worse. A happy resolution follows, with only a minor setback that Lulu is able to handle with a cool head.
Although the book does not follow a strict rhyming pattern, there is a clear emphasis on the “oo” sound on each page, making it perfect for the read-aloud practice of pausing to let children fill in a word here and there. Robin Luebs’ painted illustrations are soft and conjure up that sleepy nighttime feeling. I especially like that she conveys emotions on Lulu’s face with only a slight change to the the thin lines that form her eyes and mouth.
Who Said Coo? is ideal to be read aloud to young children before bed, making it a lovely book to join any home library.
In conjunction with our Fall Festival of Children’s Books, we’re happy to offer a giveaway of Who Said Coo?. Leave a comment here to be entered, U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only, please. Another copy will be included in our Grand Prize package as well! Winners will be announced on October 2.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED.
Dawn very much understands the joys of being woken multiple times during the night, thanks to her status of motherhood. The kids might make for a tired mom, but they also provide fantastic blog fodder for my thoughts exactly.