Friday, March 24, 2006

Booktalk Friday: 3 Illustrated Stories

Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng!, by Phyllis Gershator

A long time ago, when the world was new and everyone was looking for someone to marry, Mosquito was not a biter at all, but a lovely singer. However, after being rebuffed by Ear, Arm, and Leg for being "too small and weak," rejection sours Mosquito's song. Will Mosquito find true love, and if so, will it be enough? You may have thought you knew everything you ever wanted to know about mosquitos, but this Yoruba folktale reveals a different side to one of the world's most detested pests.

Saving Sweetness, by Diane Stanley

When Sweetness, the littlest child of the nefarious Mrs. Sump's orphanage, gets fed up with scrubbing the floors with a toothbrush, she runs away into the desert. The sheriff goes after Sweetness to save her from the terrible trials of the desert. However, Sweetness might not be the one who need rescuing from snakes, scorpions, and the outlaw Cowboy Pete, no matter what the befuddled sheriff thinks. Rescue from the orphanage, however, is another matter.

The Pirate's Parrot, by Lynn Rossiter McFarland

Help! The cantankerous pirate, Captain Cur, has lost both his parrot and his monocle, and the crew are commanded to steal replacements. A mix-up ensues, and instead of producing a parrot, they produce a "girlie" teddy bear. It's a good thing that Captain Cur can't see very well, as he has a terrible temper. Fortunately, Bar, the teddy-bear is up to the challenge of becoming the pirate's parrot. Beware: this story may give you the "dreaded giggles of fear."


Lady K said...

I LOVE Booktalk Friday! You always find the most interesting books to talk about!

On another note, I missed posting a comment on your LAST post! I always draw a blank, whether it's in an interview or meeting someone for the first time, when they say, "tell me a little about yourself..." That's a GREAT exercise for me.

xoxo! You're the bestest!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Thanks, Lady K!

I'm afraid that whenever someone asks me to tell him or her a little bit about myself, I inevitably come up with something silly, or put the question back upon the questioner by asking the person to narrow it down a bit.

Nonny said...

Is the book about the orphan sad? I can't read sad stories. What age would you say these are geared toward. Could my 8 year old read them? I know I'm asking alot of questions but they sound like really cute stories and I may have to check them out :)

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

The story about the orphan is VERY happy. In fact, it's downright funny, and there's a happy ending for the heroes, with suitable punishment for the villians.