Category Archives: Love that art

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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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 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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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

There is a lot to look forward to in Autumn: the chill in the air, the leaves falling, the colours. Kenard Pak‘s Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn follows a girl on her walk through the transition between summer and autumn. She notices … Continue reading

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Blue On Blue

Blue On Blue is a lyrical look at one day on a farm, from the bright sunny morning to the stormy afternoon and the clearing-up night. Dianne White‘s language is beautifully subtle and Beth Krommes‘ illustrations are vivid. When the … Continue reading

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What to Do With a Box

I know my kids aren’t the only ones who loved a big cardboard box to play in when they were little. The possibilities a box posed–it could be a fort, a house, a car. Imagination and crayons ran wild. What to … Continue reading

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Have You Seen Elephant?

David Barrow‘s delightful picture book, Have You Seen Elephant?, is all about turning preconceived ideas upside down. One might think huge elephants would have a difficult time hiding, but everywhere Elephant hides, the boy can’t find him (the reader sees him, … Continue reading

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School’s First Day of School

Told from the perspective of a school, the first day of school takes on new meaning. At first, it is just the school and the janitor, but when the kids arrive, school figures out what his various features are for: the … Continue reading

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