Archive for the ‘Picture Books’ category

When a House Is No Longer a Home

October 11, 2018

As someone who has always been curious about interesting houses and the people who live in them, I found A HOUSE THAT ONCE WAS to be fascinating.

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Julie Fogliano masterfully tells the story of two children who discover a house deep in the woods. A house that is abandoned. “A house that once was but now isn’t a home.” A house that is slowly falling apart and being taken over by the forest vegetation and animals. A house that invites the curious children inside. They respectfully explore the interior, taking note of objects left behind wondering and imagining what the people and animals were like who once inhabited the house. Who were they? What did they do? Where did they go? Where are they now?  So many questions! So many things to think about! As the children leave to return to their cozy and warm home, they wonder if the house is waiting for the owners to return … waiting to become a home again.

Julie Fogliano’s lyrical language and rhyme whisper to the reader to come and explore with the children. Her text combined with Lane Smith‘s whimsical and enchanting illustrations will encourage readers to examine every detail and enjoy their adventure.

This book sparks the imagination and begs to be read over and over.

 

 

 

 

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What’s in a Name?

October 4, 2018

Have you ever wondered why you have the name you do? If you have, you’re not alone. Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela wonders how she got her name. In her opinion, her name is much too long. In the book, Alma and How She Got Her Name written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, Alma learns the significance of her name and why it fits her.

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Alma’s father explains that each part of Alma’s name was given to her for a special reason. They are all names of relatives – two grandmothers, a great-grandmother, a grandfather, and a great-aunt. As Alma listens to her father, she begins to see that each name has a story to tell and how much in common she has with her relatives. The illustrations have a muted tone and are done with print transfers on handmade textured paper, graphite and colored pencils. The text and engaging illustrations come together to create a sweet story of family names, special talents, and love.

Can You Do the Zoogie Boogie?

September 27, 2018

What do zoo animals do at night when all the visitors leave? Do they read goodnight stories? Do they sing lullabies? Do they go to sleep?

NO!

Once the zoo is closed and the animals get the all-clear signal from the giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and birds …

“It’s time to … zoogie boogie! “

Jump and jive. Dance and trot. Move and groove.

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Zoogie Boogie Fever! An Animal Dance Book is written and illustrated by Sujean Rim. The illustrations are bright and colorful with amusing poses and ultimate animal nighttime fun. Rim’s fast-paced clever rhyming text will keep readers on their toes as they turn the pages of Zoogie Boogie Fever! and beg to boogie along.

 And when the sun begins to rise, … it’s time for zoogie boogie zzzs.

 

Best “Frints” Are At It Again!

July 12, 2018

If you enjoyed reading Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis, you are certain to enjoy reading Best Frints at Skrool.

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Once again, award-winning author/illustrator, Antoinette Portis has created a hilarious book, using the same characters and creative wordplay from her first book. This time the best “frints” are off to “skrool.” Omek and Yelfred have the same rules at school as on Earth. Listen to the teacher. Keep your hands to yourself. Make new friends. Share. But when Yelfred meets Q-B, he forgets to share with his friend, Omek. At lunch, when other friends are sharing their food, Omek decides to help Yelfred and Q-B share back which leads to a “spewd flight.” Oh, oh! Now they have to spend time on the Quiet Wall to think about what they did. All ends well when Omek, Yelfred, and Q-B share an after-school game of eyeball in the peedle pit, and Omek and Yelfred realize there are best friends and best, best friends. Antoinette Portis’ vibrant illustrations and playful text will tickle readers’ funny bones. Don’t forget to look at the end pages for some first and last laughs.

Who Needs a Hug?

July 5, 2018

Now and then, everyone needs a hug.

When Hedgehog wakes up one morning, he doesn’t feel quite right. He needs a hug, but he has trouble finding someone who is willing to hug his prickles.

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Jen Betton, author/illustrator of Hedgehog Needs a Hug has crafted a story that children will love. Her clever use of descriptive language – “droopy in the prickles,” hippity-skippity-scram,” scuffle-scoot-scampered” – will tickle your prickles. Betton’s adorable illustrations are a combination of drawings, watercolors, touches of pastel, and colored pencils. Interesting perspectives can be found throughout the book, and the expressions on the animal faces will warm your heart. But beware of the fox. Your heart might skip a beat when you see his sharp teeth. To find out who the unlikely animal is to give Hedgehog a hug, make this book a must read!

 

 

Knock, Knock

June 7, 2018

A friend is what the heart needs all the time. ~Henry Van Dyke

May I Come In?  written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Jennie Poh is an engaging picture book about a thunderstorm and friendship that will delight young readers.

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When a fierce thunderstorm frightens Raccoon, he looks for safety with Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck. What bad luck! No one has room for poor Raccoon. A shimmery light in the distance catches Raccoon’s eye, and he makes his way through the storm to Rabbit’s door. When the door is opened, Raccoon sees ten little rabbits hopping and bopping about. He knows there will be no room. What good luck! Rabbit invites him in and offers him a cozy chair and warmth. As the storm rages on, there’s another knock at Rabbit’s door. Who do you think is there? Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck are looking for comfort from the scary storm. Of course, Rabbit welcomes all her friends just as it should be. Readers will enjoy Jennie Poh’s colorful illustrations and Marsha Diane Arnold’s cleverly worded text that shows how a good friend and neighbor can make room for everyone and chase storm jitters away.

 

 

 

A Story with Heart

May 31, 2018

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Author/illustrator Amy June Bates and her seventh-grade daughter, Juniper, came up with an idea for an inspiring picture book about an umbrella. The BIG Umbrella is spare in text, but the words and illustrations will fill your heart with warmth. The smiling umbrella welcomes all who need shelter from the rain. As the crowd grows under the umbrella so does the size of the umbrella. With each page turn, the delightful illustrations, done in watercolor, gouache, and pencil on watercolor paper, will make you smile. The final spread shows the umbrella and a diverse group of people interacting with one another. Without being preachy, Amy June Bates and her daughter have created a story about acceptance that will touch your heart.

 Wouldn’t it be nice if we were all like The Big Umbrella?

 


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