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My Picture Books Reviews

June 2, 2022

It’s always a pleasure to discover new picture books. Here are a few of my recent finds.

The Creature of Habit

A big creature, living on an island, does the exact same thing every day. It never changes. When a little creature arrives at the island, the big creature teaches him exactly what to do each day. But there’s a problem. The little creature doesn’t follow the rules and does his own thing. The big creature watches and calls it “absolute madness.” When the little creature begins to offer little changes in the habits of the big creature, the big creature slowly finds pleasure in doing things differently. This creative book is a lesson to let your hair down and stop being a creature of habit.

Good Job, George!

George is a great helper. He does a good job – most of the time. But when he enters a newly painted room he was told not to enter, the dog follows him. Chaos! Disaster! George’s parents are not happy George didn’t listen. George realizes that sometimes the choices he makes do not always get a good job pat on the back.

Gladys The Magic Chicken

Gladys The Magic Chicken is a rollicking tale of a chicken who everyone believes is magic and will grant wishes. In each case, it appears Gladys does grant the wish, but does she really, or is it just coincidence? The story is a bit lengthy but it’s a fun-filled romp with Gladys leading readers on her adventures in ancient times.

The Digger and the Duckling

Digger, a big machine, and his crew love their work. Roll. Dig. Build. But when a little duckling shows up at their job site, they’re annoyed. The longer the duckling stays, the more she becomes a part of the big truck crew. As the seasons change, the duckling grows and flies south. The big trucks miss their friend and hope that one day she’ll return. Will she? This is a cute story of how a little duckling charms Digger and his crew.

Do you have any favorite current picture books?

Something to Cluck About

March 19, 2015

Today is National Poultry Day. Do you know what that means? It’s time to quack, gobble, honk, and cluck because today ducks, turkeys, geese, and chickens are king. Make that Chicken a la King for me. Besides being a healthy alternative to other meat choices, those little peeps can be pretty darn cute.

Chicken is my poultry of choice. In no particular pecking order, I’ve listed some of my favorite picture, chapter, and middle-grade books starring chickens, of course.

Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein

The Plot Chickens written by Mary Jane and illustrated by Herm Auch

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County written by Janice N. Harrington and illustrated by Shelley Jackson

Chicken Dance written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Dan Santat

Bawk & Roll written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Dan Santat

Tough Chicks written by Cece Meng and illustrated by Melissa Suber

Just Plain Fancy written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

Hen Hears Gossip written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Joung Un Kim

Chicken in the Family written by Mary Amato and illustrated by Delphine Durand

The Chicken Squad:  The First Misadventure written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Kevin Cornell

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Tony Auth

The Great Chicken Debacle written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Take some time to gobble down some tasty poultry and give one of these books a try, too.

Pecking Out a Picture Book

February 3, 2012

If you want to get your book published, you can’t be a chicken. So it says in The Plot Chickens written and illustrated by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. This humorous picture book cracks me up! It has great wordplay and colorful illustrations. More importantly, this book, published by Holiday House, Inc., is a wonderful motivational tool to use when teaching the elements of writing to young children. It’s eggs-actly what you need!

The basic rules of writing are introduced by would-be author, Henrietta, in her manuscript, “The Perils of Maxine.” This chick writes about what she knows, has a main character, a problem, a plot, plot development, suspense, and uses the five senses to make her story come alive. Following the rules should make Henrietta’s book a winner, but, alas, she finds that the publishing industry is a hard egg to crack. Henrietta doesn’t brood long over her rejection. She decides to make her own book. Even though her book receives a bad review, she discovers that the children at the library are scrambling to listen to it, and that makes Henrietta a very happy chicken. Buk! Buk!

This book is a good learning lesson for all writers. It reminds us we must work hard to perfect our craft before we find success. As they say in the industry, “Break an egg!”


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