Category Archives: Love that art

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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A Different Pond

A gently nuanced story of an early morning fishing trip shows the beauty and struggle of a Vietnamese American family. It’s a quiet story, but the words and images are so lovely, it conjures a pure picture of one day … Continue reading

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Mo’s Mustache

When Mo got a Mustache, everyone else did too. So Mo got a scarf, and everyone else did too. “Ack!” is just the beginning of Mo’s frustration, until the Greek chorus explains and Mo comes up with a great idea. … Continue reading

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The Cave

I love picture books with surprise endings, especially funny surprise endings. The Cave by Rob Hodgson delights readers (that’s me!) with expressive illustrations and a funny twist. One illustration shows just eyes in the dark cave with rain coming down and yet the … Continue reading

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Life

A philosophical and hopeful picture book, Life, by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel, honors life, growth and change. The book starts with a small plant, and a small elephant, and takes us on a journey through days and … Continue reading

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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

After the Fall by Dan Santat gives Humpty Dumpty a new ending, where all the king’s men did put him together. “There were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue.” You see, Humpty became afraid, and that limited … Continue reading

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