Category Archives: Love that art

Thank You, Omu!

Oge Mora has written and illustrated a vibrant picture book about sharing and community. Omu has made a big pot of stew, but when the scent wafts out the building, hungry visitors come by for a bowl. Omu is generous–but … Continue reading

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin is a 2019 Caldecott Honor winning picture book, and for good reason. The artwork pops against the lush black night background, and the sweet but mischievous Little Star’s facial expressions add … Continue reading

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The Patchwork Bike

The siblings in this book are used to making their own fun, including a bike made of branches and tin-can handles. Each of the parts of the bike are listed, and the art echoes the patchwork nature of the bike. … Continue reading

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You’re Snug With Me

Here’s a cozy story for winter. You’re Snug With Me by Chitra Soundar and illustrated by Poonam Mistry is a warm-hearted story about polar bears and their arctic environment. The illustrations are an intricate tapestry of yellows, purples and blues, and the text … Continue reading

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I Just Ate My Friend

I Just Ate My Friend is the title and first line of this picture book by Heidi McKinnon, so you already know quite a bit about the plot. It follows the classic pattern of the “Have you seen my mother?/Will … Continue reading

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Marigold & Daisy

There are a lot of new sibling books out there, but Marigold & Daisy covers the topic in a completely fun and original way, and even subverts the expected sweet ending. Andrea Zuill‘s genius is in the melding of narration and … Continue reading

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The Mushroom Fan Club

The cover and the title drew me to this book. The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel is shelved under graphic novel at my library, looks more like an easy reader, but I think it’s most like a picture book–an incredibly … Continue reading

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All Around Us

I may be on a shape picture book kick. All Around Us by Xelena González and illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia is all about circles, the third shape book in a row that I’ve blogged about. Though geometric circles in this book … Continue reading

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Square

The world is divided on whether they love, hate or just don’t get these books by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. I fall firmly in the former camp. Square is visually innovative and brings in a bit of philosophy for … Continue reading

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All the Animals Where I Live

Philip C. Stead‘s picture book, All the Animals Where I Live, wanders through life in the country, stream-of-conscious-style, and introduces us to the characters the author (and his ninety-year-old neighbour) sees on any given day. The quiet life, the artistic life, … Continue reading

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