Elem. – Pugtato Finds a Thing

Corrigan, Sophie. Pugtato Finds a Thing. Zonderkidz. 2020. 978-0-310-76781-7. $17.99. Grades K-3.

Pugtato finds a thing while digging in his garden! But what is this thing? Pugtato has no idea, so he decides to go see his spuddies for help! All of his spuddies have good ideas as to what this thing could be, but none of the ideas seem to make sense! Some ideas are silly, some are scary, and some ideas make Pugtato nervous! Pugtato decides that even though he isn’t always the smartest spud around, he is the wisest when he follows his heart!

THOUGHTS: I loved this story! The puns with the animals and fruit/vegetables are absolutely adorable and great conversation pieces!

Picture Book                                        Rachel Burkhouse, Otto-Eldred SD

Elem. – Goodnight Veggies

Murray, Diana, and Zachariah OHora. Goodnight Veggies. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 2020. 978-1-328-86683-7. Unpaged. $17.99. Grades PreK-2.

Evening has arrived, and the urban, rooftop garden settles down for the night, because even young vegetables need their rest. An engaging worm (reminiscent of Lowly Worm from Richard Scarry books) on his way home to bed guides the reader through an over- and underground tour of the garden, as each vegetable yawns and begins to nod off. A lullaby with the tomatoes, a bedtime story with the broccoli; each vegetable has its own bedtime routine. And why are the young vegetables so tired? Because they are so busy growing! The rhyming text is sparse, giving center stage to the illustrations. Any young readers who think they don’t like vegetables may change their minds after interacting with the delightful artwork. It’s hard not to like an eggplant who dreams of going into space.

THOUGHTS: A fun book for one-on-one reading or at story time. Youngsters will no doubt enjoy finding their favorite veggie or maybe not-so-favorites, and lively discussions will ensue.

Picture Book          Nancy Nadig, Penn Manor SD