Book Review: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn By Kenard Pak

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Happy fall everyone! (at least for those of us in the Western Hemisphere.) I was hoping to get this book up yesterday, for the actual first day of fall, but time escaped me. Regardless, it still feels incredibly appropriate as the weather around here hasn’t decided to move completely into cooler fall days quite yet. Summer is trying to give a last, weak hurrah while fall begins to show its colors. This book is lovely and a perfect fit for closing out the summer season and stepping into autumn. Take a walk from summer to fall with this inviting conversation between a little child and the participants of nature. Here’s Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak, 2016. Read the full post…

Book Review: The King of the Birds By Macam & Nelson

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Happy Monday everyone! I have such an amazing book to share today, I can hardly contain myself. And, tomorrow is actually the book’s publication birthday for the U.S.! Lucky Canada friends have had it on their shelves for a week or so. But as of Tuesday the 13th, we can all snap up a copy.

This book is an excellent read – clever, interesting, and humorous. And the illustrations are fantastic. The story is based on Flannery O’Connor’s life and writings, and tells the story of her addition of a peacock to her already amazing collection of many various types of birds. Be delighted by The King of the Birds by Acree Graham Macam, pictures by Natalie Nelson, 2016. Read the full post…

Book Review: Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster By Matthew McElligott

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Continuing with my reviews of some of our favorite books off of my daughter’s school summer reading list, count me surprised that this is a solid winner in our home. Dinosaurs, clever monsters, graphic novel format, disasters, and more dinosaurs… this book has won my kids’ hearts. Check out Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster by Matthew McElligott, 2015. Read the full post…

Brian Wildsmith Tribute

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from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith, 1966

A few days ago I heard the sad news that picture book creator Brian Wildsmith had passed away. He is one of my many favorite illustrators, whose work I am continually amazed and inspired by. He lived a long, full life (great interview on Independent) and made some of the most colorful picture books I have ever seen. Since I have yet to post about any of his works, I think it is fitting today to share a few of my favorite illustrations from him. I have been slowly collecting his books as I discover them and find favorites. This will be the most images I have ever overloaded you with (click on any of the photos to see them larger); but I hope you are moved and enjoy the vibrant, awe-inspiring work of Brian Wildsmith. Read the full post…

Book Review: Papillon, The Very Fluffy Kitty By A. N. Kang + Giveaway!

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I’m so excited to share this adorable book about a very fluffy kitty today. Papillon is so incredibly light and fluffy, he can float and fly in the air – a delightful trick that annoys his owner and creates the greatest adventure of his life. It is a silly story, full of darling illustrations, ending on a note of  friendship. Allow me to introduce you to Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty by A. N. Kang, 2016. And check out the end of the post for a fun giveaway sponsored by Disney-Hyperion! Read the full post…

Book Review: Strictly No Elephants By Mantchev & Yoo

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Our library checkout pile is out of control. This isn’t entirely unusual for me, but this time around most of it can be blamed on the school reading list for the summer. We have pretty much finished it up, but we are hesitant to send the books back until necessary as we love a lot of them. If I had the money and the shelf space, oh it would be trouble. Thank goodness for libraries!

Today’s book was a huge hit for all of us on the first read-through. A story about being left out, being different, and ultimately – a story about being kind. It is a theme that is on constant repeat from my mouth as a mother and I adore books that illustrate the point so perfectly. Check out this beautiful and moving book, Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, 2015. Read the full post…

Wordless Wednesday: Skunk On A String & Interview With Thao Lam

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It is late on another Wednesday and I have been holding this wordless book interview for far too long as well. I fell in love with this book the first time I saw the trailer and I was delighted to receive a copy from Owlkids Books. A humorous story about a skunk in a terrible predicament traveling over a colorful and lively city – this book is a delightful way to usher out August and welcome in the next month. I hope you enjoy Skunk On A String by Thao Lam, 2016. And especially Thao’s lovely interview. I so enjoyed reading her answers! Read the full post…

Book Review: Alpha By Isabelle Arsenault

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This book is one of my prized treasures from last year. I spied an early version of it coming to the US at a book sellers convention and it literally made me halt and gasp. It is a breathtakingly beautiful abecedarian. In a market where alphabet books abound in every manner of cleverness, this book stands out – not only in its physical characteristics with a cloth spine and uncoated paper – but also in its use of the NATO phonetic alphabet combined with unique visuals. Prepare to be captivated by an alphabet book. Here is Alpha by Isabelle Arsenault, 2015. Read the full post…

Book Review: Bloom By Cronin & Small

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I am drowning in awesome books over here. As if I cannot manage to find enough amazing books on my own, we had a school reading list for the summer of even more excellent finds from the school librarian. We are loving it! And my hopeful review pile is toppling. I hope to highlight as many as possible and – though I am terrible at keeping posts short – I’m going to try to edit my writing in order to highlight many more.

First up, this new book from a favorite illustrator of mine, David Small. My girls were enamoured with this book and I loved every part of it, especially the powerful message about girls and to everyone. But I’m getting ahead of myself in the excitement. Let’s take a look at Bloom by Doreen Cronin and David Small, 2016. Read the full post…