Storytime Picks

These are some of the titles we have shared on Friday's Alphasaurus Preschool Storytime.

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Banana!

Banana!

Vere, Ed
2007

Getting what you want can be tricky, especially if you don't ask in quite the right way. Follow one little monkey's journey through many emotions as he tries every trick in the book to get hold of his friend's banana, until he finally hits on the magic word - please! Using only two words, this is a fantastic introduction to the value of manners and compromise for young children. Packed with humour, colour and exuberance, this is a brilliant observation of toddler behaviour.

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Bark, George

Bark, George

Feiffer, Jules, author
1999

From acclaimed author-illustrator Jules Feiffer, Bark, George is a hilarious, subversive story about a dog who can't . . . bark! This picture book geared for the youngest readers is perfect for those who love Mo Willems's Pigeon series.

When George's mother tells her son to bark, George goes "Meow," which definitely isn't right because George is a dog. When she asks him again, he goes "Oink." What's going on with George? Readers will delight at the surprise ending!

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The cow loves cookies

The cow loves cookies

Wilson, Karma, author
2010

The horse loves hay, the chickens need feed, the geese munch on corn, the hogs devour slop, the dog eats treats, but the cow loves...COOKIES? Don't miss this barnyard treat, featuring a new cover, from the author of the New York Times bestselling Bear series.

With an original twist on the ordinary barnyard picture book, this read-aloud from bestselling author Karma Wilson is a clever exploration of a curious incident on the farm. As the farmer makes his rounds each day, most of the animals chew on the foods a young reader would expect. But when it's time to feed the cow, she feasts on a special treat! Wilson's signature style and Marcellus Hall's spirited watercolors will delight children on and off the farm--because when it comes down to it, who doesn't love milk and cookies?

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Don't push the button!

Don't push the button!

Cotter, Bill, author, illustrator
2013

A USA TodayBestseller!

There's only one rule in Larry's book: don't push the button.

(Seriously, don't even think about it!)

Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?

Okay, quick. No one is looking... push the button.

Uh, oh.

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Get out of my bath!

Get out of my bath!

Teckentrup, Britta, author, illustrator
2015

Ellie the elephant loves to have fun in the bath, but she's not the only one. Her fun is interrupted when a crocodile decides to join her, followed by a flamingo, then a mouse and even a tiger! Poor Ellie's bath is ruined. What can she do? She sucks all the water into her trunk, of course! Then she waits until all the uninvited animals have left before squirting it back. Finally she can enjoy her bath in peace! A beautifully designed, boldly illustrated picture book for the very young in which readers are encouraged to get involved in the story through tilting and shaking the book.

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The greedy goat

The greedy goat

Horáček., Petr, author, illustrator
2018

A very greedy goat wreaks havoc in the barnyard in an entertaining cautionary tale from Petr Horácek.

Goat is tired of always eating herbs and grass. She wants to try something new! So one day she embarks on a tasting spree, trying the dog's food, the pig's potato peels, and more, with the farmer's underpants topping off a massive meal. Pretty soon, everyone else around the farm starts to notice that certain things have gone missing -- including a now elusive Goat herself. It turns out that all that adventurous eating has left her feeling quite ill, prompting a recovery that plays out with a nod to another (very hungry) children's favorite: "On Monday, her eyes stopped rolling. On Tuesday, her tummy stopped rumbling. . . ." After Goat is finally feeling like herself again, surely she'll have learned her lesson. Won't she?

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A lion is a lion

A lion is a lion

Dunbar, Polly, author, illustrator
2018

Is a lion still a lion if he wears a hat? With whimsical illustrations and a nod to earlier classics, Polly Dunbar celebrates the shrewd mind of a child -- and the power of saying no.

Is a lion still a lion . . . if he skips down the street singing "Hoobie-doobie-doo"?

Dapper in his hat and flourishing a cane, a very large lion invites himself inside, inquires about Auntie Sue, and spins the two children of the house around the room in a silly dance. He doesn't mind at all if they invite him to lunch, where he gobbles up all his greens and devours the plate, too. When he leans in to ask for dessert, his sharp teeth gleam oh so pearly white, and it seems very possible that he may just bite. . . . Surely it's time to go-go-go -- until, that is, the brave little girl finds her voice in a most satisfying way. The Cat in the Hat meets Pierre meets The Tiger Who Came to Tea in this rollicking story with an exhilarating ending.

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The really, really, really big dinosaur

The really, really, really big dinosaur

Byrne, Richard, 1963-
2012

When a big show-off dinosaur learns to share, he discovers two really, really, really good new friends. And you'll never guess where he finds one of them! After children spot the cleverly hidden character in the illustrations, they'll want to go back and read the story again and again.

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Snack time for Confetti

Snack time for Confetti

Stileman, Kali, author
2013

Confetti is a tiny polka-dotted bird who is very hungry. She asks her animal friends to suggest what she should eat. But it all sounds too yucky! This is the story of Confetti and her search for something yummy. Look for Confetti's favorite treats hidden throughout!

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Spotty Lottie and me

Spotty Lottie and me

Byrne, Richard, 1963-
2015

Joey has chicken pox and has to stay at home. But being ill is boring. His mother tells him he can play with a friend, but only a spotty friend as he is infectious, so he sets off to search for one. Will Joey find anyone to play with who isn't scared of his spots?

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This book is out of control!

This book is out of control!

Byrne, Richard, 1963- author, illustrator
2016

In this follow-up to This book just ate my dog! and We're in the wrong book! , Bella and Ben and that adorable dog are back for another (mis)adventure.

Ben has a new remote-controlled toy; it has all kinds of buttons--Up, Down, Siren, Spin. He and Bella try pressing each one, but the remote doesn't seem to be working . . . at least, not on the toy. As things go haywire on the page, Bella and Ben realize their book is out of control! With a remote on the fritz, it'll take the help of the reader to put things right in this interactive story.

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This book just ate my dog!

This book just ate my dog!

Byrne, Richard, 1963- author
2014

When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!

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This book just stole my cat!

This book just stole my cat!

Byrne, Richard, 1963- author, illustrator.
2018

From award-winning Richard Byrne, author and illustrator of This Book Just Ate My Dog, (shortlisted for the Children's Book Award) comes another brilliantly inventive book starring Ben and Bella.When Ben is tempting his cat across the page with a fluffy mouse, his cat . . . disappears! Then his best friend Bella disappears, too. Sniffer dogs and rescue teams can't help . . . When Ben also vanishes, there's only one person left to help. You, the reader! Can you rescue Ben and Bella from thenaughty book? It's a ticklish problem.Original, simple, and witty, this high-concept picture book plays with the physical attributes of a book to create a real page-turner.

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Tickle the duck!

Tickle the duck!

Long, Ethan
2006

In this hilarious touch-and-feel book, a cranky duck dares children to tickle his soft stomach, his hairy armpit, his rubbery foot-and reacts uproariously each time. Despite his protests, does the duck really like being tickled after all? This modern day version of Pat the Bunny will have its audience laughing, and maybe even snorting, -Do it again!+ Like Ten Little Lady Bugs and Tails, this treasure of interactive fun is sure to engage parents and children for hours of tickling and giggling.

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Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?

Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?

Lass, Bonnie
2000

This text is a fun adaptation of the classic playground song. Help Skunk solve the mystery as he asks each of his animal friends, Mouse, Raven, Squirrel, Rabbit, Turtle, Raccoon, Snake, Beaver, and Frog, who took the cookie from the cookie jar?

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