Category Archives: Word choice

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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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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1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book

Juana Medina‘s creative counting book starts with “one avocado deer”, which is a photographed avocado with antlers and a deer body inked in. The adorable illustrations grow into a colourful and playful salad recipe, complete with a recipe for dressing … Continue reading

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Worm Weather

Worm Weather is an ode to playing outside, even in rainy, wormy weather. Jean Taft‘s prose is short and poetic, fun to read aloud. There are rhymes, but it never stretches too hard and stays rhythmic and lively throughout. Matt Hunt’s … Continue reading

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Rude Cakes

Rude cakes do all sorts of naughty things. They never listen, they take things that don’t belong to them, and they are never sorry. Good thing there are giant cyclopses around because giant cyclopses…you have to read the book to … Continue reading

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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

This collection of poems is as fun as it looks, full of clever word play and concrete poetry. Even typography works to make the poems fun, with just the half-circle of the e showing in “Sunset” and one of the … Continue reading

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Say Hello Like This

Mary Murphy‘s Say Hello Like This is a fun look at the way animals say hello. “A dog hello is licky and loud…” By turning the half page, we see dogs greeting each other and read “Bow-wow”. The book starts off … Continue reading

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The Pout-Pout Fish and What On Earth Is A Pout?

Here’s a pair of picture books: one fiction and one non-fiction, both about pouty fish. First, Deborah Diesen‘s The Pout-Pout Fish, illustrated by Dan Hanna, is a funny book about Mr.Fish’s penchant for spreading the dreary-wearies all over the place. “It’s just … Continue reading

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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave, a novel-in-verse by Katherine Applegate, is a moving story about Kek, who as a refugee from Sudan who as seen atrocities never loses hope of seeing his mother again. This story has an authentic and perceptive voice, beautiful language and … Continue reading

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

There is a soft spot in my heart for squirrels and their stories. Kate DiCamillo has created  an important book about a superhero squirrel whose best weapon is poetry. As Dr. Meecham says, “Take this squirrel, for instance. Ulysses. Do … Continue reading

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