Looking for a new and fun read? Need a new book for story time? Do you enjoy jumping in puddles and/or silly takes on classic nursery rhymes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, take a look at two new Sky Pony picture books published this month!
Puddle Jumpers by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Nancy Cote
It’s a rainy day in the month of May and Sam spots a rainbow, and then a puddle. A perfect spring puddle. His mother warns, “No! No jumping in puddles! You must keep clean today!” but Sam can’t stop himself from testing the water with his galoshes. And then the puddle invites him to play. The puddle whispers, “Jump, Puddle Jumper, jump!” and with that very first jump, Sam is off on an adventure of the imagination. He’ll be a frog in a pond, with a hat and some spots and a magic wand. He’ll be a crocodile with pink polka dots and teeth like blades, and a polar bear with purple polar hair. He’s going to jump, leap, dance, plunge, swim, and jump again. Sam is having so much fun in his puddle that even Mom can’t resist. With a leap and a thwump, she’s jumping too, cheering, “Jump, Puddle Jumper, jump!”
This happy picture book celebrates the simple, pure joy of jumping in a rain puddle. Nancy Cote’s cheerful illustrations are full of kid appeal, a perfect match to a story that captures the magic of being a child. Let your imagination take you on your own adventure the next time you encounter an irresistible puddle.
Aimed for children ages 3 to 6, this is a charming book about letting your imagination run wild and also about the joys children can find in even just a simple rain puddle. Encouraging kids to explore their outside world provides important developmental play for kids and parents will find the mom’s reluctance and then acquiescence a good reminder that adults need to enter the world of children in order to allow them to explore their world and to learn from it.
About the author and illustrator:
Anne Margaret Lewis is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than ten children’s books. She enjoys working with fun fictional characters and carefully weaving important lessons into her stories. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she lives with her husband and four children in Michigan.
Nancy Cote is a children’s book author and illustrator whose playful style has garnered her international attention. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, the AGA “Pick of the Lists,” the Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, and the Society of School Librarians International Honor Book. She is the author and illustrator of Watch the Cookie!, published by Sky Pony Press.
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Skink by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Ana Bermejo
There was an old lady who gobbled a skink (a type of newt). And a worm and a pail and a line and an oar and much more in this hilarious book about a crazy fisherwoman who swallows all the essentials for a successful fishing trip. With the ever looming threat of “perhaps she’ll sink,” readers will hold their breath in anticipation as she gobbles her way through the tackle box and then the boat! With an already impressively full stomach, she reaches for just one last bite . . . but to find out how the story ends, you have to read the book!
A wonderfully humorous take on a classic nursery rhyme by Tamera Will Wissinger, accompanied by Ana Bermejo’s fun-filled illustrations, this story will delight children, adults, and all those who like fishing. It’s perfect for reading aloud and sure to be read (and perhaps even sung) again and again.
Intended for preschool-aged children, this silly story is sure to be a fun read-aloud both at home or at school/daycare. It’s also the ideal gift for kids whose parents or grandparents love to fish or to explore the outdoors and might even inspire a few to try fishing at some point (hopefully without gobbling any of the tackle!).
About the author and illustrator:
Tamera Will Wissinger is an up-and-coming poet and children’s author. Wissinger has a master’s degree in writing and is the author of two books for young people: Gone Fishing (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children) and This Old Band (Sky Pony Press). Wissinger lives with her husband in Vero Beach, Florida.
Ana Bermejo grew up in the north of Spain. She studied art in Valencia—home of paella—and particularly enjoyed drawing goats, unicorns, and deer during her five years of university. She continued her art education at Saint Martin’s in London. She currently lives in west London, England, where there aren’t any goats, deer, or unicorns, but there are plenty of squirrels—and they are nice to draw, too.