Archive for the ‘Picture Books’ category

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.

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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?

 

Mary Had a Little…What?

May 17, 2018

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We all know Mary had a little lamb, but did you know that Mary Had a Little lab? That’s right! It seems she loves science and spends all of her time in her lab. Then one day she realizes she’s lonely and doesn’t have any friends. Being a very innovative scientist, Mary decides to create her own friend. She makes a Sheepinator machine. She adds a mixture to some sheep wool and…voilà! Out comes a very useful pet sheep. As the nursery rhyme goes, he followed her to school one day. Mary’s classmates are so impressed with her pet they want one, too. At Mary’s lab, she presses the duplicate button. It gets stuck, and suddenly, chaos ensues. Sheep, sheep everywhere! Her classmates pitch in and help fix the jam, round up the sheep, and give them to farmers. In the meantime, Mary comes up with a new idea. What is it? You’ll have to read this book to find out how Mary, her pet sheep, and her new friends work together for a successful ending to this hilarious story. Sue Fliess‘ rhyming test flows effortlessly, and readers will laugh at the entertaining illustrations by Petros Bouloubasis. This book has it all – girl power, science, innovative thinking, cooperation, and friendship. What more could you ask for?

What Makes a Writer?

March 22, 2018

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If you’ve ever dreamed of being a writer, award-winning author, Patricia MacLachlan’s Someone Like Me is a book that will touch your heart. This charming, lyrical tale is about a little girl who listens to stories told over and over, reads book after book, observes how people talk and laugh, dreams of a white horse, and carries memories of her great-grandmother’s love of the prairie earth and nature. This semi-autobiographical story gives the reader a peek into Patricia MacLachlan’s childhood and how the simple things in life made a lasting impression on her. Chris Sheban’s beautiful illustrations are rendered in soft watercolors, colored pencils, and graphite. The text and illustrations evoke memories of a young girl’s life journey that influenced her life as a writer.

An Interview with Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan

 

Wide-Awake Bear

March 1, 2018

We’ve all been there at one time or another. It’s the time when you’re exhausted but your child is wide awake.

Wide-Awake Bear is Elliot’s story.

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Elliott, a little bear, and his mother prepare to nap until spring arrives. Elliot dreams of spring until something awakens him, and he can’t go back to sleep. He tries everything, but the shadows and dark shapes in the cave scare him. His mother wakes and comforts him, but he is still a Wide. Awake. Bear. He pretends he’s a little fish and swims to the den’s opening. When he sees snow, ice, and dark clouds, he’s disappointed spring isn’t anywhere to be found. Mama assures him spring will come and tells him many things need to sleep during the winter. With his mother’s help, they fix Elliot’s bed, share a treat, and snuggle until there is no more wide-awake bear. Author, Pat Zietlow Miller does a splendid job of creating a sweet tale about going to sleep. Parents and children will easily relate to this story when it comes to family bedtime. Jean Kim’s illustrations done in soft colors will steal your heart. This book begs to read again.

 

 

 


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