Category Archives: Love that prose

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told, a refrain that runs throughout this picture book biography by Michael Mahin (illustrated by Evan Turk). No matter who told him he couldn’t do something–his grandma, the boss man, … 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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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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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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There Is a Tribe of Kids

A child travels through sundry of animals: a smack of jellyfish, a turn of turtles, an unkindness of ravens and miscellaneous inanimate items: a formation of rocks, a pile of rubble, an ocean of blue until he finds a tribe … Continue reading

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No, No, Kitten!

Kittens are not all sugar and spice and sleeping on fluffy pillows, and No, No, Kitten! gets this exactly right. Kitten wants to do all sorts of non-kitteny things, including having a puppy, and Kitten’s little girl owner keeps telling her, “No, no!” … Continue reading

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Little Red Writing

There are never enough fractured fairy tales out there, and Little Red Writing by Jean Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is more fractured than most. After all, it’s set in “Pencilvania School” and Little Red is a pencil, and the wolf … Continue reading

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Froodle

Oh how I love gibberish, especially rhyming gibberish. Froodle is the word Little Brown Bird says when she is tired of the same old “peep”, except the crow, dove and cardinal are counting on her to continue the rhythm of “caw, coo, … Continue reading

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I, Too, Am America

Bryan Collier has an amazing collection of picture books and this one, which illustrates Langston Hughe’s poem, I, Too, Sing America, is another mixed media beauty.  It begins on a train, a Pullman porter serving wealthy white passengers and relegated to the kitchen to … Continue reading

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All Different Now

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom  is a picture book about the day slaves were set free. It shows the slow progression that word-of-mouth took to tell slaves everywhere about freedom, and then the celebration that ensued. Angela Johnson, … Continue reading

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