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Rain, Rain, Come Again! Two Picture Books Celebrating the Pleasures of a Good Soaking

Rain, Rain, Come Again! Two Picture Books Celebrating the Pleasures of a Good Soaking

Cindy: No one likes a rainy day more than a young child who gets to splash in a puddle . . . or two. We have two books for young children that celebrate the pleasures of a good soaking. Even if you’re not eager to get wet, you can read these to a young rain […]

Book Trailer Thursday: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SOUL

From author Susan Verde and illustrator Matthew Cordell comes a cheerful ode to the creative-at-heart. With her school talent show approaching, the young protagonist of Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul (Abrams) muses upon the seemingly infinite ways to showcase her musical potential. Will it be through a psychedelic guitar solo, or her very own  symphony? Despite the fact that […]

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OTIS AND WILL DISCOVER THE DEEP

OTIS AND WILL DISCOVER THE DEEP

Lynn: Barb Rosenstock and Katherine Roy’s new picture book, Otis and Will Discover the Deep: the Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere (2018), is the fascinating story of how the groundbreaking submarine came to be. It is also a celebration of curiosity, persistence, and the unexpected places those qualities can lead. Otis Barton and William Beebe, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THE FOX AND THE WILD

Clive McFarland’s The Fox and the Wild (Candlewick/Templar) tells a classic tale of curiosity and exploration. When city fox Fred sees birds flying over rooftops and wonders where they are going, he embarks upon a literal wild goose chase, finding himself in the countryside, a place worlds away from his “smoky, noisy, and very, very […]

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Caldecott Medalist Lights Up New Picture Book

Caldecott Medalist Lights Up New Picture Book

Lynn: “Like all sensible people, I have always loved lighthouses,” Sophie Blackall explains in the author’s note of Hello Lighthouse (2018). I agree completely! Whose imagination isn’t captured by the sight of the lighthouses that stand tall along the coasts of our oceans and Great Lakes? Blackall relates her discovery at a flea market of an old […]

Elephants: Being One and Finding One

Elephants: Being One and Finding One

Lynn: Not too many kids (or adult reviewers) can resist the allure of books about elephants. In fact, we have two outstanding books on that large subject. The first is a nonfiction “fact” book, How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild (2017), by Katherine Roy. This is no dry, ordinary, facts-about-animals […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: I AM A CAT

Galia Bernstein’s debut, I Am a Cat (Abrams), is a simple yet delightfully warm exploration of belonging and difference. I Am a Cat follows house cat Simon and his attempts to prove to big cats Lion, Cheetah, Puma, Panther, and Tiger that he is just like them, “only smaller.” Though met with incredulity, Simon persists. […]

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Running Away with the Alphabet

Lynn:  On the title page of Patrick McDonnell’s nearly wordless new picture book, The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) (2017), a little red cat wakes up. The door is open! Up he jumps and out he leaps, running straight into an abecedarian adventure that tickles the funny bone. The […]

How Would You Paint a Snowman?

How Would You Paint a Snowman?

Lynn: Most of us, if asked to paint a snowman, would start with three circles, then add a few details. But Amy and Greg Newbold ask what a snowman would look like in the hands of famous painters. If Picasso Painted a Snowman (2017) is their delightful answer. A chubby little hamster takes readers through a series […]

AFTER THE FALL: Dan Santat Cracks Us Up

AFTER THE FALL: Dan Santat Cracks Us Up

Lynn: Most children know the story of Humpty Dumpty, but not like this. Dan Santat gives Humpty an eggs-traordinary postscript in his new picture book, After the Fall (2017). In Santat’s version, Humpty gets patched up, but “some things . . . couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” Indeed, poor Humpty is now afraid of […]