Saturday, January 19, 2008

New York Times Bestselling Picture Books of the Week

Wow…lots and lots of changes this week. We say goodbye to:

While last week I lamented about there being only one type of book on the list, this week there is a nice variety. A wordless graphic novel even makes the list.

1. Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Bookwritten and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder

This book gallops its way to the top in its ninth week on the list! This book is amazing! By flipping through you book you can see a horse galloping, an eagle soaring, and many other animals in movement. The content rhymes and has funny replies that will leave your child laughing.

2. High School Musical: All Accessby N. B. Grace

Down one spot in it's 8th week on the list, this book would be a great gift for a High School Musical fan in your life. It looks like a scrapbook made by someone who goes to the school with ticket stubs, pictures, notes in lockers, etc. It would be especially good for a reluctant pre-teen reader.

3 . Smash! Crash! by Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon.

The newest book from our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature debuts in the number three spot this week. Smash! Crash! kicks off Scieska’s Trucktown series for preschool/kindergarten-aged children. If you have a child in your life who loves trucks and who loves to smash things together, he/she will be delighted as Jack Truck and Dump Truck Dan smash and crash through the town.

4. Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxyby Matthew Reinhart

This collective moved down one spot in its 13th week on the list. If you have a Star Wars fan in your life (or you are one), this is a great collectible. Sabrina at Breeni Books says, "...It's pretty darn cool. I'd say it's well worth the money and has earned its rank. "

5. The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up: Based on the Books by C. S. Lewis (Narnia)by C. S. Lewis. Pop-ups by Robert Sabuda

In its seventh week on the list, this gorgeous pop-up moves down a spot. I'm a huge Narnia fan, so this book is right up my ally. It features a stunning pop-up spread of each of the seven books in the series.

6. The Three Snow Bears written and illustrated by Jan Brett

Hanging in there at number 6, Jan Brett’s newest book makes its seventeenth appearance.This is a spin on Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Al-ooki, an Inuit girl in the Artic visits the home of a polar bear family. If you haven't seen this book that was just published in September, I highly recommend it. As always, Jan Brett's illustrations are gorgeous, and I always love a retell of an old classic, especially one that features different cultures.

7. Fancy Nancy by Jane O;Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

I have a confession…this is the first time I’ve ever heard of Fancy Nancy (GASP!). Double gasp since this is the 98th time it’s been in the top ten! In the story, Fancy Nancy is determined to fancy-up her family and take them out to a fancy dinner. Since, I haven’t seen the book, so I can’t recommend or um…un-recommend it.

8. The Arrival by Shaun Tan

I am becoming a fan of graphic novels, and I can’t believe it. Making its second appearance in the top 10, the only words in this book are from an invented alphabet. In the book, an immigrant leaves his family behind to start a new life in a new country. Haunting, emotional, hopeful…these are only a few words to describe this captivating book.

9. Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy (Fancy Nancy) by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

I don’t know who this Fancy Nancy girl is, but she sure is popular. Making its 34th appearance on the list, this book chronicles Fancy Nancy’s quest to find the perfect dog for a fancy girl. I’m totally going to have to check this girl out and see what all the hoopla is about.

10. Hug Time written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

McDonnell’s cute story of Jules the kitten who goes around the world hugging people makes its second appearance on the list in the number 10 spot this week.

This week's rankings reflect book sales for the week ending January 12, 2008. Check out the New York Times' Children's Book Page for this week's bestselling children's chapter, paperback, and series books.

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