Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos

Mustache Baby 
by Bridget Heos
illustrated by Joy Ang
40 pages
Clarion Books 
May 2013

Book Jacket Summary
When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy’s mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, “Billy’s disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime.” Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor and cartoonish illustrations make this the perfect baby-shower gift for a mustachioed father-to-be.

My Thoughts 
Teeheheheel This was a funny concept that just begged for a picture book. Plus now I have a go to book for baby showers for my guy friends. It will be perfect for parents who have a love of 80's TV shows that starred cops with mustaches or cowboys with honor. I am not sure if the kids will understand all the cliches involved but some might have taken in our cultural literacy through other books or kid shows. I would say that this is more of an adult oriented picture book that parents will share with their children. That is not a bad thing though. I think the parent's joy over it will enthuse a child into enjoying it over and over. Also, a baby with a mustache will probably crack a kid up.
The art work is very well done and the mustache is perfect for each scenario that come up. Pick this one up and take a look!

Book Pairings
Mustache Baby Meets His Match


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

by Kelly DiPucchio
illustrated by Christian Robinson
40 pages 
Atheneum Books for Young Readers 
June 2014

Book Jacket Summary
A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.

This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips—never slobbers! He yips—never yaps! And he walks with grace—never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters.

But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park—Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette—reveals there’s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right…but they don’t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses—and their hearts—to find where they belong?

My Thoughts
I thought that this was the cutest book with lots of puppies and a story about family. There is a switched at birth story that always fascinated me as a child. How would I react to such a situation? This book is beautifully illustrated and I love the cute dogs!
Apparently some people found it problematic with gender roles and nature vs. nurture. They thought that the feminine and masculine roles of Gaston and Antoinette were stereotypical. I didn't even notice until they pointed it out. I was more intrigued with the way they reacted to the new environment. I could understand the feeling of being thrust into a loud and boisterous family when you are used to a quiet one. This happened to me every summer growing up when I went to stay with relatives. Gaston just felt out of place with his birth family and wanted to go back to the family he understood. I don't think it was because his family was made up of all girls that he liked the "dainty" way his family lived. In fact, I thought it was nice to see a boy enjoy wearing pink and being comfortable with it. Maybe I am just reading to much into this and should just enjoy it for what it is.
I really like this one and I am glad I picked it up for my Kindle!

Book Pairings
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

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