Category: Picture book reviews

13 May

A MORNING WITH GRANDPA by Sylvia Liu + Giveaway!

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY WINNER Congratulations to PATRICIA NOZELL! You’ve won a shiny new copy of A Morning with Grandpa! Once upon a time… in a Facebook critique group far, far away, there wrote and drew a talented, poetic girl named Sylvia Liu.  Now, this writer/artist wasn’t just any ordinary writer/artist. This girl had poetry in her soul and she […]

14 Aug

There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, by Penny Parker Klostermann

THIS JUST IN: BOOK GIVEAWAY AT END OF POST! Oh, sure, it’s nice to get a new book in the mail, especially if it’s written by a good friend like Penny Parker Klostermann. Unfortunately, this particular book… …comes with an incorrigible dragon, who proceeded to JUMP off the page and cause a ruckus around here. The […]

14 Jun

Poetry Friday: “When You Wander” by Margarita Engle

Hug a tree. Wait for me. That seems like pretty good advice for just about any occasion. But it’s especially good when you’re lost, as today’s guest Margarita Engle teaches us in a most poetic way. You might know Margarita as the Newbery Honor-winning poet behind novels in verse like these with lots of fancy […]

09 May

Benvenuta in Italia, Phyllis!

Picture book reviews 31 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe

[heading style=”1″]Benvenuta, Phyllis![/heading] At last Phyllis is ready to show her furry face in Italy! I won’t lie — it’s been a long time coming, but she decided to take her own sweet time and do an extended tour of the country before settling down with us. Being in Italy, it goes without saying that […]

24 Feb

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Green Eggs and Ham + Happy Birthday Author

Would you read this post, my dears? Would you hear it with your ears? Would you read it on a dare? Would you read it with a bear? The intro’s short, a brief to-do Since I’ve got lots to share with you: A book by Seuss for you and me, An interview with Eric V! […]

17 Feb

Perfect Picture Book Friday: I Want My Hat Back

No one loves subversive humor and absurd twists more than I, so imagine my surprise when I found both these things in a picture book. Who would have thought? Well, Jon Klassen, that’s who! And he’s given us all the gift of his dark tale of intrigue, loss, despair, and redemption…or is it revenge? Possibly […]

03 Feb

Perfect Picture Book Friday: I Took the Moon for a Walk

I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis, Alison Jay

Like most little girls, I thought my mother was the most beautiful woman in the world. I loved her cat-eye glasses and how her toes turned out when she click-clacked along in her heels, and I tried to imitate that in my white patent leathers. But I especially remember her fingernails, and admired how she’d […]

27 Jan

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss, Marjorie Priceman

Music has been a part of my life since I was born. My father had a wonderful tenor voice, and when he wasn’t bursting into song around the house, he was singing with his barbershop chorus, sparkly blue tux and all. My older brother played trombone and guitar; I played the clarinet and a (very) […]

20 Jan

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Bear Snores On

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman

You know what we like around our house? BEARS! We like stuffed bears and real bears at the zoo and bears on our pajamas and bears in the bathtub and Italian Bear nella Grande Casa Blu who sniffs us through the TV. We like playing with bear puzzles and hugging giant bears in the toy […]

13 Jan

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Interrupting Chicken

************************************************************************** Last chance to enter the Blog Launch Giveaway! It ends tonight at midnight EST…winners announced tomorrow! ************************************************************************** I’ve got twin toddlers who don’t speak yet, but they sure manage to make a lot of noise anyway. And reading books with them together is downright impossible since they haven’t figured out the art of sharing. […]