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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…

Wordless Wednesday: The Girl And The Bicycle & Interview With Mark Pett

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It’s Wordless Wednesday once again! Somehow I managed to sit on this awesome interview for months now! I’m not exactly sure what happened. I contacted Mark Pett and he readily agreed to do the interview, and then I never got it up. So sorry about that Mark! It wasn’t lack of interest in your answers, I promise. Let’s just blame it on life and the amount of reviews and books that I get buried under weekly.

So join me this late Wednesday evening for a beautiful story about a girl, a wished for bicycle, persistence, and true generosity. Here is The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett, 2014. And stay tuned for a Q&A with him too!

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Wordless Wednesday: The Farmer And The Clown & Interview With Marla Frazee

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I confess that I have greatly struggled with today’s Wordless Wednesday post. This book is so beautiful, so clever, and so powerful – words just don’t do it justice. I have been tempted to simply post the photos and the awesome Q&A with Marla Frazee; but that probably isn’t fair. I’ll do my best to analyze it, but please keep in mind – it is worth so much more than my words. Take a look at this heartbreakingly beautiful story of two characters who are much different than they seem, and end up needing each other much more than they realized. Here is The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee, 2014. Read the full post…

Wordless Wednesday: The Red Book & Interview With Barbara Lehman

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Welcome to another round for Wordless Wednesday. Given the award announcements this week, it seems appropriate to highlight a previous winner in the Caldecott category. This book has been one of my favorites since it came out, and was one of the first books I added to my shelves when I started collecting favorite picture books. Something about the bold, red, wordless cover has always had me intrigued. And now that I live in the city that from my apartment window looks very much like the title spread below, I am attached to this book even more.

In this story, you’ll have to decide if the protagonist is the girl or the red book. And what about the red book’s main character? Yes, this book has many secrets, twists, mysteries and more to be discovered and pondered again and again. Let’s talk about The Red Book by Barbara Lehman, 2004, and Caldecott Honor winner in 2005. Also stay tuned for a lovely Q&A with the creator as well!

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Wordless Wednesday: Where’s Walrus? & Interview With Stephen Savage

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The holidays are over, the New Year is here, and it is time to bring back the Wordless Wednesday posts for a while. The holidays really took over in November and December, so I saved some great wordless books and also author interviews to share this month! Let’s start with this fun, clever, seek-and-find book about a walrus looking for its place in the world. Check out Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage, 2011, and stay tuned for a Q&A with Stephen Savage too.

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25 Days – Book 2 And Wordless Wednesday: Carl’s Christmas + Interview With Alexandra Day!

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For the second book in our 25 Days of Picture Books 2015, I am making this post do double duty and combining a Christmas book with Wordless Wednesday. As such, this post will be a bit longer than my usual Christmas countdown posts, but it also includes an interview with the author herself! Let’s jump in. Here is Carl’s Christmas by Alexandra Day, 1990.

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Wordless Wednesday: Float and Interview With Daniel Miyares

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Wednesday has arrived and that means it is time for another wordless book and excitedly, another great interview with its creator. Today’s book is brand new this year and is absolutely stunning. It is a story about a boy and a paper boat, adventure and disaster, disappointment and joy. Come delight in the beauty of Float by Daniel Miyares, 2015. Read the full post…

Wordless Wednesday: Bluebird And Interview With Bob Staake!

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Welcome back to Wordless Wednesday, a fairly recent little series I am doing on the beautiful art of wordless books. If you missed my tips on how to read a wordless book, start there. But today I want to share a heartwarming, powerful, moving, thought-provoking book with you. It is a story of loneliness, friendship, bullies, restoration, and so many more things that it is shocking to believe they can be handled and wrapped up so beautifully in a 40 page picture book. I am also thrilled that the creator of the book took the time to answer my questions and I have that little interview too! Let’s look at Bluebird by Bob Staake, 2013. Read the full post…

Wordless Wednesday: Flora And The Flamingo & Interview With Molly Idle!

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Hello again to another Wordless Wednesday. In addition to having a beautiful book to discuss today, I have a short interview with the author and illustrator, Molly Idle! A breathtaking wordless book is such an artistic feat, who would know more about them than the artist herself!

Let’s take a quick look at the book to introduce it to any who may have missed it and refresh those of us who love it. And then we’ll get to the good stuff in a short Q&A. Here is Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, 2013. Read the full post…