Clearly, Aaron’s picture books make an impact and his versatility makes him a great author to study. Aaron’s use of humor, the unexpected, and lyrical language make his books incredible mentor texts to learn from.
The Unexpected: Aaron’s stories surprise us. In Creepy Carrots, the carrots get the best the bunny in the end. Buffalo Wings stars a rooster chef who wants to make buffalo wings, but doesn’t realize they are made of chicken! Aaron’s rhyming story, Snowbots, pairs two unlikely things, (snow and robots) into a wonderful rollicking story. Here Comes Destructosaurus! depicts a tantruming monster who really is just looking for his teddy bear. Nerdy Birdy surprises us with how nerds can sometimes be just as exclusive as the popular kids. (Carrie posted a think quick interview with Aaron about Nerdy Birdy, here).
Lyrical Language: In Metal Man, a welder makes sculptures out of junk and helps a young boy create something special. The words are lyrical and powerfully written with a message about creativity and being yourself. In Back of the Bus, the story of Rosa Parks is told from the point of view of a young boy who sits in the back of the bus while she sits in the front. His symbolism and lush language make this story moving and powerful. It’s the perfect way to being a discussion about racism with young children.
Whether you're writing humous or lyrical or serious stories, Aaron's books are great mentor texts. What have you learned from Aaron Reynold’s books?