Tag Archives: Michael Hall

It’s an Orange Aardvark!

4 May

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It’s an Orange Aardvark! written and illustrated by Michael Hall (2014)

Michael Hall has produced another wonder in picture book magic.  His newest book, It’s an Orange Aardvark! is so much more than a book about colors for preschoolers. Oh no! It’s detailed enough to hold the interest of any fun-loving, humor-loving, gotcha-loving reader. Picture this – a small colony of adventurous, hard-working, construction-hat-wearing, carpenter ants watch as the yellow hatted ant makes a hole in their stump to see what’s outside. With each hole he makes the others imagine what awaits on the outside. They fear it might be an aardvark who is just waiting with his long, sticky tongue to eat them through the peephole. The colors they see through the holes made are both reassuring and terrifying at the same time. What if it’s an orange aardvark? What if it’s an orange aardvark wearing blue pajamas? ‘Goodness! Gracious! Yikes! Whrrr…’ there he goes drilling another hole. With each hole, which is an actual hole in the pages of the book, the reader and the carpenter ants see another color and imagine another terrible disaster. In the end, they see a beautiful rainbow and dare to go outside.  ‘Yippee! Hooray! Whee! Arrrggghhh!’

Michael Hall has done it again! He’s created more than a color concept book, his artwork and story are masterful. A really funny and interactive gem for toddlers.

This is definitely one I’ll share with my family and friends!

My Heart Is Like a Zoo

2 May

6766826My Heart Is Like a Zoo written and illustrated by Michael Hall (2010)

This is a simple bedtime story of a reader (parent, grandparent, auntie, brother, etc) telling the listener how much he/she is loved. Each page depicts a different zoo animal with a phrase about the love shown by that animal for the child. After every two similes there is a rhyming third. The pages are illustrated with large and small hearts to create each animal. By the end of book, the reader shows the child as the zookeeper who is tired and has gone to sleep in his bed with all his toy animals around him.

My favorite rhyme is ‘silly as a seal, rugged as a moose, happy as a herd of hippos drinking apple juice’.

This is a perfect baby board book for the youngest babies to giggle with, learn new animal names, and of course chew on. It is also a perfect toddler book for older babies to mimic verses, identify animals, and read along with the storyteller. And upward, it is a perfect children’s book for young children to read independently, learn about similes, and recreate or design their own animal art.

Did I just use the word ‘perfect’ three times? Yes, I did! And when you read it, you will find your own reasons to call this book ‘perfect’ too!

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