Nothing awakens my inner child than a brand-new picture book . . . Not candy, not any other fleeting thrill, but rather something that plants a seed of creativity and sends me off to new perspectives, new journeys to explore.
Here’s one for you that not only satisfies the creative child, but also my desert love . . .
Written by Conrad J. Storad
Illustrated by Beth Neely and Don Rantz
I blinked and its 2015 and this book was published in 2002.
I felt it was high time to feature this book and express its value for your “Desert Library.” Especially for those who live in the Southwestern deserts of the United States, where the roadrunner and horned toads are very well-known and well-considered critters. Its a book that uses clever rhyming versus, which is an entertaining must for younger children, but the language is thankfully not in its simplest form.
Educational Value: High
Learning about desert wildlife.
This book creatively and elaborately introduces the roadrunner. Explaining its life in the Southwestern desert as an active and adventurous one. A proud, fast bird with a tendency to run all day on its “skinny legs” and funny feet. “Lizards for Lunch” touches on an emphasis on the roadrunner’s diet, intimidating feeding activity, and appetite. Its favorite being the horned toad, “plump, soft, and chewy [f]at ones with horns tasted best.” A companion two-page reference essay on the roadrunner is also provided for readers to digest in detail.
Illustration Value: High
Detailed, Expressive, Humorous, and Various
Just don’t take my word for it. I am sharing a variety of snapshots for you to view and gauge for yourself! I believe picture book appreciation, as in art appreciation, is a very personal thing. So, take a gander and see if you can agree.
**Please note: These are my personal photographs of the book. Taken outside in the natural sunlight. So, keep in mind that the colors are not as vivid as the true printing of this publication.
I really do hope this assists you in deciding for your children’s library. It is my ultimate goal in sharing my book review posts. Just so many titles available out there. I have done my share of hit and miss with book purchases. Why not share my book library, in particular my book loves with you?! This will be the first of plenty more book reviews for your desert library.
Here are more works by Conrad J. Storad, as well as another collaboration with Beth Neely & Don Rantz (Don’t Call Me Pig!) available at:
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