Saturday, 10 September 2016

Picture Book Parade!





SHRUNKEN TREASURES: LITERARY CLASSICS, SHORT, SWEET and SILLY
Written and illustrated by Scott Nash 
2016; 40 Pages
Candlewick Press
Genre: classics, abridged, children's, picture book



Nash takes on some well known - long - classics and makes them into poems.  I am not sure children will appreciate them as much as adults, but they will love the wonderful illustrations and sing song poems. (Ages 5-7)

MAYBE MOTHER GOOSE
Written by Esme Raji Codell 
Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri
2016; 32 Pages
Aladdin
Genre: children's, picture book, nursery rhymes 



This collections gives us some wonderful nursery rhymes and then asks questions that are yes, no or maybe!  A fun book for kids learning to read. (Ages 3-5)




POPPY PICKLE
Written and Illustrated by Emma Yarlett
2015; 32 Pages
Templar Publishing
Genre: children's, picture book, imagination

★1/2

 Poppy Pickle has a great imagination - an imagination that gets her in trouble with her parents.  When Poppy is sent to her room to clean her big imagination takes over.  Only thing that would get her out of this pickle is to make her parents see her imagination.  LOVE the pictures and story in this book.  It is so fun and smart.  A great book for any child with a BIG imagination. (Ages 4-6)


SOPHIE'S SQUASH GO TO SCHOOL
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller 
Illustrated by Anne Wilsford
2016; 40 Pages
Schwartz & Wade.
Genre: children's, picture book, friendship



Sophie is going to school with her squash.  Her squash are her best friends and feels like she doesn't need to make any more friends.  Over time she starts to get lonely, especially when the squash go to bed.  A good book for kids who have imaginary friends.  (Ages 3-5)



THIS IS NOT A PICTURE BOOK!
Written and Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
2016; 40 Pages
Chronicle Books
Genre: children's, picture book, reading



Duck finds a book but discovers there are no pictures...at first he rejects the book.  Then he slowly opens the book and learns to decipher the words. Along with his friend, Bug, they start to find that books without pictures are fun too!  I love this quirky book and the illustrations are amazing. (Ages 3-6)


DRAGON WAS TERRIBLE
Written by Kelly DiPucchio

Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
2016; 40 Pages
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 
Genre: children's, picture book, dragons



Dragon is terrible - so terrible he scribbles in books!  The King and his subjects have tried to get him to behave but have had no luck.  Can anyone tame Dragon.  A fun little book that will be a great hit with fans of dragon. (Ages 3-6)


SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK)
Written by Julie Falatko
Illustrated by Tim Miller
2016; 40 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: children's, picture book, humour



Snappsy is happily going along with his daily life until an annoying narrator starts to exaggerate his actions.  Snappsy is not having any of that and it leads to a party that the narrator is not invited too.  I enjoyed this funny story and liked the images.  (Ages 3-6)


ELLIOT
Written by Julie Pearson
Illustrated by Manon Gauthier
2016; 32 Pages
Pajama Press
Genre: children's, picture book, families, adoption

★1/2

Elliot's parents love him but do not know how to take care of him.  He soon finds himself in another family.  While they understand him he wants to go home.  He is sent home after his parents learn how to take care of him.  Unfortunately, his parents still don't understand him.  He goes to another family that understand him but it is still the same.  Will Elliot ever find a forever forever family?  I liked this book about foster and adoptive families.  It explains things in a simple way that children can understand.  A great book! (Ages 4-6)


THE UNCORKER OF OCEAN BOTTLES
Written by Michelle Cuevas 

Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
2016; 40 Pages
Dial Books
Genre: children's, picture book, friendship



Oh my gosh, I loved this book!  The writing is beautiful accompanied with gorgeous illustrations. The Uncorker of ocean bottles makes sure that messages go to the correct loved one.  The one thing he would love is a message of his own.  One day he finds a message with no name and starts to search around the village to see who it belongs to.  Parents: warning you may get a tear in your eye. (Ages 4-6)


ABERDEEN
Written and Illustrated by Stacey Previn
2016, 40 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: children's, picture book, adventure



Aberdeen meant to stay in the yard until a red balloon floated by him.  The next thing he knows he is in an unknown place, and his mom is going to be very worried.  Adorable story and illustrations! (Ages 3-5)




DADDIES ARE AWESOME
Written by Meredith Costain
Illustrated by Polona Lovsin
2016; 32 Pages
Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: children's, picture book, dads



A fun book about why daddies are awesome! (Ages 2-4)



SECRET TREE FORT
Written and Illustrated Brianne Farley 
2016; 32 Pages
Candlewick Press
Genre: children's, picture book, adventure, imagination



When two sisters were sent outside to play one finds a nice tree to read under.  While the other sister wants to play with her sister.  When her sister does not pay any attention she starts to imagine an awesome secret tree fort and telling her every detail.  Will her sister notice her?  LOVED the illustrations.  It reminded me of picture books from my own childhood.  A cute funny story I would recommend to anyone! (Ages 3-6)


THE CRANKY BALLERINA
Written and Illustrated by Elise Gravel 
2016; 32 Pages
Harper Collins
Genre: children's, picture book



Ada hates ballet and every Saturday she wakes up cranky.  Then one Saturday when she tries a ballet move she spins out the door into a karate class.  In karate her moves are great!  A cute book about finding what you are good at doing.  (Ages 3-6)




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