The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

February 25, 2013

2-26 Books

Good reads

EDMOND — ‘PIGS IN PAJAMAS’

BY MAGGIE SMITH

At Penelope Pig’s sleepover party, six pigs in pj’s eat pizza and pasta, pound a piñata, pin the tail on the pony, prance to piano, and then form a precarious pyramid — collapsing, of course, into a squealing pig pile!

Maggie Smith combines rollicking rhymes and infectious alliterations to make a perfectly pleasing book filled with fun and the letter P.

And while there are scads of P words in the text, the art has even more — the pictures are filled with more than 75 objects beginning with the letter P for young readers to find.

The playful pictures also introduce other preschool concepts, such as colors, shapes, patterns and counting.

“Pig in Pajamas” is a fun new way to get preschoolers thinking about language and building their vocabularies.

Ages 3-6.

‘ON THE RUN’

BY CLARA BOURREAU

Anthony hasn’t seen his dad in years. The reason: His father is busy traveling the world as a wildlife photographer — at least, according to Anthony’s mom and sister.

The real reason: His dad has been a fugitive from the law and is now in jail, awaiting trial.

When Anthony finally learns the truth, his life changes overnight. He insists on visiting his dad in prison. And once the trial begins, it’s the lead story on the local news.

Everyone at school starts to taunt Anthony about having a criminal for a father, even his best friend.

Then one day, in a shocking turn of events, his dad escapes from the courthouse. Anthony wants to be with him — and when he gets the chance, he grabs it.

Now father and son are on the run. But how far will they get?

“On the Run” deals with a young boy who longs to be with his dad — even if his father isn’t the ideal parent.

Ages 8-12.

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