Category Archives: Picture books

Tidy

Pete, a badger, liked to keep everything neat, and in a forest, that’s especially hard to do. While the fox might not mind the grooming and the owl seemed to be fine with the bath, trees are a bit harder … Continue reading

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Bertolt

I love this sweetly strange book about being different, being a loner and loving a 55-year-old oak. Bertolt by Jacques Goldstein (translated from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick) is lovely and though the storyline meanders a bit, I love the … Continue reading

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Triangle

Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen has a cover like an oversized board book and paper pages like a picture book. As you can see by the cover, there are no words, not even the title. Klassen’s distinctive style is apparent, … Continue reading

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

There aren’t many picture books with unreliable narrators. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach is one that works extremely well and that even young children will understand and enjoy. Not only is the narrator unreliable, but she us unseen until … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Piano

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield has so much to like about it, I’m going to ramble. In the beginning, the bear sees a piano in the forest. He fiddles with it and over time, his skill at playing piano grows … Continue reading

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Before Morning

Luscious verse invokes a snow day while illustrations show a pilot going to work in the wee hours, the snow clogging her commute and the flights at the airport are all cancelled. She flags down a snowplow driver, who brings … Continue reading

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Real Cowboys

Real cowboys are quiet, gentle and safe. They listen and are patient. This beautiful picture book by Kate Hoefler and Jonathan Bean shows cowboys who do the long slow work of herding cattle, and the skills they need for that, which … Continue reading

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How to Swallow a Pig

How to Swallow a Pig: Step by Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page is an animal guide in a spot-on deadpan tone that gives tons of information while managing to be a page-turner. Unexpected … Continue reading

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ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky

ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky by Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee is a fascinating look at found letters from an aerial view. Find one letter per page (though sometimes there are bonuses) and in the bottom right corner, the geographical coordinates … Continue reading

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A Bear’s Year

The gentle rhyming text of A Bear’s Year takes us from slumbering winter to newborn spring, summer foraging and autumn’s den. I love a book that takes us through all of the seasons in a year, and this one’s beautiful illustrations do … Continue reading

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