Hocus Pocus Takes the Train
by Sylvie Desrosiers (Author) , Remy Simard (Illustrator)
Book provided to me free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Second installment of Book Reviews with LL (Little Lady). (First Installment Here!) This book presented a little bit of a challenge because it has no words! But actually that ended up being a good thing to spur the imagination. Which by this picture below you can see is a big one already (my little princess!)
I asked LL if she liked the cover: Yes. What do you think this book will be about? Hocus Pocus the bunny, or is it two bunnies? Hocus and Pocus – there are two bunnies on the cover. But I guess they will take a train. But there will be a mean lion on the train (which I believe is actually a dog!)
The book is 36 pages, all pictures, a few sound words. Rather than the story being laid out for you, each page provides guidance and a general story-line, but allows the readers to make up additional details and story-lines that may or may not have been intended. For instance – do you think the magician wanted coffee or tea or hot cocoa? And what kind of bone was the dog going to get? What do you think the purple bunny’s name is? What about the baby? Then sometimes I don’t prompt a question and see what details she came up with.
More questions to ask are; What do you think they are thinking/saying/going to do? How do you think they are feeling? Why? It allows the children to make predictions and then see if what they predicted happens on the next page. Then the end brings the story-line back the beginning and allows the children to recall what happened at the beginning that was then being resolved. Lots of cause and effect.
Great pictures and a fun type of book to really engage with your children. Definitely will check out others in the Hocus Pocus series and in this genre and you should too!
(And side note – happy 100th post to me!!) More kids books to come!