Yesterday I brought two books with me to read with Elaine, which is unusual. She normally picks the books we will read, and she has, by the way, excellent taste in literature (meaning that I like the same books.)
My contributions were One Cool Friend, by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small, about a very polite lad who acquires a penguin, called Magellan of course. And Sleep like a Tiger, which is beautifully illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, but otherwise sort of meh. It's written by Mary Logue. These were runners up to the Caldecott medalist, This Is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen, which we read a while ago and both loved so much we read it twice.
Other near-misses are Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett and illustrated byJon Klassen (whose book won, see above) which is darling, and Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown, which is not. The other runner-up is Green, by Laura Vacarro Seeger, which I have requested from the library but have not yet seen.
Elaine's contributions were Muncha, Muncha, Muncha, by Candace Fleming, about a man with a vegetable garden and three rabbits who sneak in (tipity-tipity-tipity pat) to eat the lettuces and sprouts and carrots. Charming. She also chose an Eric Carle book, Walter the Baker, which is a fanciful take on the invention of the pretzel.