Saturday, May 12, 2012

Books Written by Jill Sardegna

THE ROLY-POLY SPIDER Written by Jill Sardegna and Illustrated by Tedd Arnold

Publisher:Scholastic Inc.,
Pages: 24
Ages: 3-6

At first glance, the watercolour and colored-pencil artwork in bright yellows, greens, and lavenders give the book a cherry image. 

Once we started reading it, I thought is was kinda sick  but the kids thought it was hilarious. 
This yellow, bug-eyed spider appears jolly, but is in fact a selfish and crafty creature who lures bugs into  her sticky web then eats them. "She snagged a caterpillar/ and asked him, 'What's your name?'/ He said, 'My name is Lester./ I'm handsome as can be.'/ Said the roly-poly spider,/ 'You look like lunch to me.'" 

She eats bee's knees, sticks a straw in a beetle for beetle juice, and creates a crunchy shoefly pie. Her appetite catches up with her when she gets stuck in a water spout.

Try singing the words of this funny picture book to the the itsy bitsy spider. My girls love it when I sing the book.


Author photo. Uncredited photo at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_top">Graystone Elementary School website</a>
Jill Sardegna is a published author and an editor of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Jill Sardegna include You Monsters Are in Charge: A Boisterous Bedtime Pop-Up, The Encyclopedia of Blindness and Vision Impairment (Facts on File Library of Health and Living), K Is for Kiss Good Night: A Bedtime Alphabet.


K IS FOR KISS GOOD NIGHT Written by Jill Sardegna & Illustrated by Michael Hayes
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Pages: 12

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-A lovely, reassuring bedtime book rather than an introduction to the alphabet. Twenty-six aspects of children's nightly rituals are illustrated: "G giving hugs" shows an African-American mother embracing a delighted child; "T tucked in tight" is a closeup of an Asian-American toddler. Affection, emotion, and the loneliness that settles in when a child is about to let go of day to slip into slumber are clearly and strongly depicted. Hays's double-page, realistic, full-color pictures are simplified and focus on each youngster. An outstanding book for one-on-one sharing.
Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

A all ready for bed
B breathing deep and slow
C clock ticking quietly
D dreams forming in my head

Michael has since produced many picture books with authors such as Lucille Clifton, Joanne Ryder and Robert San Souci. Michael worked with Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs on Abiyoyo Returns (Simon and Schuster 2001) andSome Friends to Feed, The Story of Stone Soup (Putnam 2005). He recently worked with illustrator Judy MacDonald to create the art for Steven and Deborah Layne's book W is for Windy City, A Chicago Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press 2010).

To read more about Michael Hays visit this site.

YOU MONSTERS ARE IN CHARGE Written by Jill Sardegna & Illustrated by Kees Moerbeek
Publisher: Pocket Childrens Books
Pages: 12

Book Description

A monster pop-up bedtime counting book with bold and striking images - making bedtime and counting fun for little monsters everywhere! When mama monster has to go out she leaves the elder siblings in charge of looking after the baby. But the baby is upset and it takes all ten of her monster brothers and sisters to get her to stop crying and go to sleep.

Kees Moerbeek, paper engineer heralding from the Netherlands, has created over 50 pop -up books in his career.  True story: When I first became interested in pop-up books, the very first one I ever bought was by Kees: Hot Pursuit. Imagine my delight ten years later when he, along with his charming wife and fellow paper engineer, Carla Dijs, and I met in New York and became friends! In recent years, Kees has designed pop-up book versions of Wicked!, The Neiman Marcus Pop-Up Book, Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, and Steven King”s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Kees also designs Matchbox Furniture that you have to see to believe!

To read more about Kees Moerbeek visit this site.

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