BOARD BOOK ROUND-UP, Part II
Adapted from Picture Books
Knapman, Timothy. Superhero Mom. Illus. by Joe Berger. Nosy Crow, 2018/2020. [24p.] $8.99. 1-5362-1215-0.
A girl celebrates all the things her mom can do using a rhyming verse in the board edition of the popular picture book. To many, it will be perplexing that the mom’s talents are all traditional stay-at-home mom things, like cooking breakfast. There is a 1950’s vibe about the story, from the mom’s ponytail to the fact she doesn’t appear to work outside the home, so this may not have wide appeal.
Rosen, Michael. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Sound Book. Illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Candlewick, 1989/2020. [16p.] $9.99. 978-1-5362-1261-7.
This unusual board book adaptation of the popular storytime classic features an imbedded recording of the story’s sound effects, including the water, mud, and bear’s growl. But the whole point of the story is to involve the listener in making those sounds! This version also omits several of the picture book’s illustrations, especially on the dash back home to hide from the bear. Skip this.
Snider, Brandon T. Grow Up, Ant-Man! Illus. by Jessica von Innerebner. Marvel/Disney, 2018/2020. [30p.] $7.99. 978-136805600-7.
Basically, this is just a smaller version of the original picture book, which is based on the popular comedic superhero movie. Cassie talks about her dad Ant-Man, describing his talents. The text includes a lot of repetition, making it fun for storytime. It would also work well as an easy reader; in fact, it may have more appeal to those learning to read instead of toddlers who might not grasp the story. Stick with the picture book version if your library purchases movie adaptations.
Penny Peck, SJSU iSchool