One of my favourite picture books in the library is definitely Little Rooster’s Diamond Button. If you’ve taken part in Story Sparklers with me you’ve probably had this book read to you already, and made a little rooster with a shiny gemstone to bring home with you.
Adapted from a Hungarian folktale, this wacky story tells the story of a little rooster who finds a diamond button and decides to give it to his mistress, until the greedy king turns up and takes the diamond button for himself. Well, little does the King know the rooster has a magic stomach and won’t be pushed around!
Read on as the rooster uses his magic stomach to escape from increasingly absurd ways that the king tries to get rid of him. The rooster simply won't be stopped, he wants his diamond button back!
This book is perfect to read aloud to any kid who likes a bit of silliness, and it is full of colourful and definitely unique pictures.
This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall!
is the first book in the Macdonald Hall series by Gordon Korman, which describe the many misadventures of Bruno and Boots, roommates attending boarding school near Toronto.
In this first book of the series, best friends and roommates Bruno and Boots have pulled one prank too many and the headmaster finally puts his foot down, separating Bruno and Boots and giving them new roommates. The two can't stand their new roommates and secretly meet to discuss ways of getting back into their old room together. Can more schemes really get these best friends away from their awful new roommates and back with each other?
This is a fun little book with capers, harmless riots, and a happy ending. The boys are troublemakers, but always try to do the right thing in the end, even if they do have their own moral code.
I read the Macdonald Hall books and over again when I was in elementary school, and would laugh out loud at the hijinks that Bruno and Boots would get involved with!
This is a great book for kids looking for a laugh, and provides great inspiration for young writers, as Gordon wrote this book in 7th grade! Coming in at a little over 100 pages reluctant readers may find good friends in Bruno and Boots!