peter spier

May 14, 2012

Recently, a kindergarten teacher shared some of her favorite authors and illustrators with me in a comment. I reposted her entire list as a post so everyone could see. 

I know a lot of you get book ideas from reading my blog, but I get a lot of book ideas from reading your comments. Although we've read a lot of books, I am always amazed and (delighted!) to find out that there are more and more amazing books that I've never read or even heard of before. 

I used the favorites list as my library search list that week and we found a lot of the ones mentioned. One of the illustrators mentioned was Peter Spier. 

As I typed in his name, I found several titles. I requested ALL of them. 

This is just the sort of move that gets me some comments from my librarian, but I thought it was worth it. (As in, "OH. Looks like you checked out ALL the Peter Spier books this week." "Yes, ma'am. I sure did.") 

When we got the books home and started to read them, we found out that most of them were wordless books. 

We have mixed feelings about wordless books. While we appreciate them and occasionally enjoy them. We don't really want to read a pile of them before bed. 

We want a story. 

We want WORDS. 

Luckily, one of the books we checked out did have words. Oh, Were They Ever Happy! is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I LOVED it. I laughed out loud at the end. I won't even ruin it by telling you what it is about, but I think you will love it.

It looks like it is out of print, but I am on the hunt to buy a copy for our personal collection.

Don't get me wrong, the wordless books are wonderful, too! Noah's Ark was incredible. This was the first version of this story that I've seen that really depicted what sort of mess you would have with all those animals on a ark for 40 days and nights.

Do you have a favorite Peter Spier book? 


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