Parts and Even More Parts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

So you’re looking for a couple of books from a brilliant author/illustrator? Ones that will make kids say “ewwww” page after page, all while laughing uproariously? Ones that kids will want to read again and again and again because each little twist is ingenious?

Tedd Arnold’s will do the trick:

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For the most part, his rhyme is spot on,

“I just don’t know what’s going on

or why it has to be.

But every day it’s something worse.

What’s happening to me?”

 

but purists will note that the rhyme on the second spread is—inverted! **!!Gasp!!**

“I think it was three days ago

I first became aware—

That in my comb were caught a couple

pieces of my hair.”

 

Now, one could argue that this book was published in 1997 and the rhyme police have gotten much more strict in recent years. But I will tell you that if you’re an author-illustrator and you come up with something as original as:

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“Then later on (I don’t recall

exactly when it was)

I lifted up my shirt and found

this little piece of fuzz.”

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“I stared at it, amazed, and wondered,

What’s this all about?

But then I understood. It was

my stuffing coming out!”

Editors may give you a “Get Out of Rhyme Jail Free” pass. Page after page of inspired body part distress.

Not content with one body part book, Arnold published a second called “More Parts” (not reviewed here), and a third called “Even More Parts” in 2004. Originally published under the “Dial Books for Young Readers Imprint,” they are now published by Puffin.

“Even More Parts” takes a literal look at body part idioms and their horrifying consequences.

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Tongue-tied, anyone?

Although each page includes small comics of several idioms for each body part, Arnold selects the funniest to fill the spreads. The end papers include mini illustrations of many more. Bonus: All of these books should engage even the most reluctant readers AND PARENTS.  

“Even More Parts” could also be used to support Common Core Curriculum in kindergarten through second grade.

Check them out!

Titles: “Parts” & “And Even More Parts”

Author/Illustrator: Tedd Arnold

Publisher: Puffin

Ages: preschool-second grade

This post is in conjunction with Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

29 thoughts on “Parts and Even More Parts – Perfect Picture Book Friday

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Oh yes, hair, stuffing, teeth, you name it. All kinds of parts falling off. I think Arnold said that he got his first idea for the “Parts” book when his son lay down on the couch, stricken with fear that he was dying because a tooth was loose. They had forgotten to tell him that baby teeth fall out and get replaced by adult teeth. And a book was born!

  1. Letizia says:

    I love the concept behind this book, haha! Children have a way of seeing the world from such a unique perspective and the author has captured that. Plus the drawings are wonderful and silly. Another great selection!

    Sorry I haven’t visited in a while- am slowly re-emerging back into the blogosphere 🙂

  2. Ste J says:

    I like the stuffing idea, clever books and a way for kids to learn the processes of life and functions of the body. On a slightly unrelated note, I came across this a while back and thought it may amuse…

    Librarian Graham Barker has a Guinness World Record after saving 22.1gm of his ‘belly button fluff’. The 45-year-old from Perth, Australia, has collected lint every day for 26 years.

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