Archive for the ‘Picture Books’ category

Sea Glass Summer

December 12, 2019

If you’re like many of us who have been inundated with snow, sleet, wind, and rain, this may be the book that will lift your winter spirits.

sea glass

Sea Glass Summer written by Michelle Houts and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline tells a story of how a young boy called Thomas spends the summer at his grandmother’s island cottage. She gifts Thomas with a magnifying glass that was his grandfather’s. Each day, Thomas and his grandmother search the beach for treasures left behind by the sea. His grandmother finds a piece of sea glass which she hands to Thomas, saying “…after being broken, tossed in the saltwater and sand, the pieces turn smooth and cloudy.” She adds, “…your grandfather used to say that each piece of sea glass has a story all its own.” That night, with his sea glass nearby, Thomas dreams of a ship from long ago as seen in Ibatoullines’ realistic illustrations. As the ship is christened with a bottle of champagne, pieces of the bottle fall into the ocean. Sea glass days and sea glass night dreams make up Thomas’ summer. At the end of the summer as Thomas and his grandmother are ferrying off the island, Thomas drops his grandfather’s magnifying glass and pieces fall into the sea. The story fast forwards to many years later when a young girl who is visiting a family island cottage shows her Papaw Tom a piece of sea glass she found. He carefully examines it and says, “…each piece of sea glass has a story of its own.” That night with her sea glass nearby, she dreams of a boy named Thomas.

I’m fascinated by this story because our family loves hunting for sea glass on the beaches of New England. Bagram Ibatoulline’s realistic illustrations are beautifully rendered, and Michelle Houts’ story inspires imaginative thinking. The author and illustrator weave a story of family, history, and the art of sea glass. Make sure to check this out!

Nothing Wee about Me!

December 5, 2019

wee

Nothing Wee About Me! is written by Kim Chaffee (author of Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon) and illustrated by Laura Bobbiesi. In this imaginative tale, a wee girl named Liesel uses Grandma Rose’s soup ladle to wish for magical adventures. With her trusty ladle, Liesel confronts a pirate, a fire-breathing dragon, rescues a prince, and uses her ingenuity to save a town from an erupting volcano. She does all this just in time to return Grandma Rose’s ladle and enjoy a bowl of Grandma’s Sunday soup. Liesel proves there is nothing WEE about her in this romp through the world of imagination! Readers will enjoy Liesel’s adventures and Laura Bobbiesi’s charming illustrations rendered in soft pastels. There is nothing wee about this book!

 

 

Goblins, and Ghouls, and Ghosts, Oh My!

October 17, 2019

Halloween is quickly approaching. Get your family in the mood for some yummy treats with these BOOks.

Picture Books

monster academy

Monster Academy written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple and illustrated by John McKinley, The Blue Sky Press, 2018.

Creepy

Creepy Pair of Underwear! written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017.

Pigs

Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat written by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Joyce Wan, Beach Lane Books, 2017.

pomegranite

The Pomegranate Witch written by Denise Doyen and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, Chronicle, 2017.

stumpkin

Stumpkin written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018.

old lady

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd, HarperCollins, 2019.

teeny tiny

A Teeny Tiny Halloween written by Lauren L. Wohl and illustrated by Henry Cole, Persnickety Press, 2016.

Board Books

blue truck

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Bat

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee, Cartwheel Books, 2017.

mouse

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, Balzer + Bray, 2019.

 

 

 

Sea Cow or Manatee?

October 10, 2019

Is it a sea cow or a manatee? Find out when you read This Is a Sea Cow written and illustrated by Cassandra Federman.

sea cow

A second grader is given a homework assignment to write about a marine mammal she likes. The student chooses a sea cow and proceeds to write facts and draw illustrations. She begins by comparing the sea cow to a land cow. Cassandra Federman’s clever illustrations show the sea cow – who prefers to be called a manatee – using speech bubbles to clarify the facts written by the student. With each page turn, readers see the sea cow’s hilarious personality come to life as the sea cow continues to dispute some of the facts and comparisons the second-grade student is writing and drawing.

This book bursts with clever commentary, interesting facts, and some fascinating back matter. Cassandra Federman has created a delightfully funny book that will hook readers from the beginning.

Beginning Lines that Hook a Reader

October 3, 2019

When it comes to writing, first lines in a book are important. You only have so long to hook a reader before they may decide to choose another book.

Here are some books that hooked me with their first lines.

hey water

Hey, Water! written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

First lines:

Hey, water! I know you!

You’re all around.

This playful and informative book gives readers a look at the importance of water.

marshmallows

Most Marshmallows written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins

First lines:

Most marshmallows don’t grow on trees

or come from storks

or even Mars.

This tasty book is a clever take on life according to marshmallows and how to be true to yourself.

crumugeon

The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon by Matthew Burgess and illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

First lines:

How do you budge

an unbudgeable curmudgeon

who really refuses to budge?

So how do you deal with someone who is a bad mood? You try all sorts of things in this rhythmic tale that takes readers on a bad mood-good-mood journey with a slight twist at the end.

star eater

Nova The Star Eater written by Lindsay Leslie and illustrated by John Taesoo Kim

First Lines:

Nova can’t stop eating. A munch here. A gobble there. A crunch, crunch, crunch.

If you love space, you’ll love reading about Nova’s humongous appetite for stars. But when Nova gulps down the sun, panic ensues.

Check out these books and see if you agree with me.

 

 

 

 

 

MAKING A FRIEND Tammi Sauer’s Way

September 19, 2019

More than anything, Beaver wants a friend, but he doesn’t know how to make one. Things always seem to go wrong. Readers will fall in love with Tammi Sauer’s adorable book, MAKING A FRIEND, that has delightful illustrations created by Alison Friend.

friend

When “an idea fell from the sky” (snow), Beaver goes to work, making a friend. Raccoon happens along, and soon Beaver and Raccoon are working together to make a snowman friend. But something is missing. Pizzazz! Beaver and Raccoon add just the right accessories to create a snowman with pizzazz. Reader’s will love the end result as much as Beaver and Raccoon do. They celebrate their success, but when the snowman doesn’t say anything both are disappointed in their new friend. That’s when they realize that they had fun making a snowman, but the best part was making friends with one another. Clever repartee between Beaver and Raccoon along with bright and colorful illustrations make this story of friendship a perfect book to add to your reading list.

 

BEAR CAME ALONG

September 12, 2019

If you’re looking for a story that has hilarious illustrations and is a delightful tale, BEAR CAME ALONG is the book for you!

bear

Richard T. Morris’ raucous cumulative story begins with a river that “didn’t know it was a river” until Bear comes along and falls into the river. Morris keeps adding animals to Bears’ adventure – Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Raccoons, and Duck. Until…their adventure takes a turn for the worse. In several wordless spreads, the reader sees what looms ahead for the unlikely crew of animals. LeUyen Pham’s colorful illustrations are addictive. Kids will love the animal antics and their facial expressions as they cling to one another and brave the approaching disaster. And all this happened because “the river came along.”

This is a story of friendship and fun that happens when you’re least expecting it. It’s sure to entertain everyone!


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