Author: Jo Ellen Bogart
Illustrator: Barbara Reid
Jacket Synopsis: My grandma went a-travelling, said: "What would you have me bring?" "Not much," said I, "Just a piece of the sky, and a hundred songs I can sing..."
And Grandma manages to do just that, delivering into a young girl's hands a pack of unusual souvenirs, from "billabong goo" to a sitar's zing. But more important, she brings the enduring gifts of enthusiasm, love and respect for a hundred different places and peoples Read more [...]
Title: Where the Wild Things Are
Author/Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
First Line: The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him "WILD THING!" and Max said "I'LL EAT YOU UP!" so he was sent to bed without eating anything.
Why I Like This Book: There are so many reasons why I and millions of other people love this book. From the simplicity of the story, to the fantastical characters, Maurice Sendak is a genius at writing and illustrating picture Read more [...]
Title: Red Sled
Author/ Illustrator: Lita Judge
Jacket Synopsis: When a well-loved sled is left outside a cozy cabin on a still winter's night, an unlikely cast of creatures forge new friendships during the ride of their lives.
First line: Hrmmm?
Why I Like This Book: Words are so powerful but this book proves that pictures and sounds are all you really need to tell an amazing story. I love the illustrations and the sense of adventure that they portray. A definite buy that all children Read more [...]
Title: The Moon Quilt
Author/Illustrator: Sunny Warner
Jacket Synopsis: It is a day in June, and the old woman is sitting on her porch with her cat. She has fallen asleep and is dreaming of her old man, who was lost at sea. She goes to the quilt she is making and cuts new pieces of cloth. She is sewing her dream into the quilt.
As the seasons turn, the moon waxes and wanes, and the quilt grows under the old woman's stitches. In it she puts stars, gardens, memories, and dreams that record her Read more [...]
So I'm currently taking an online picture book writing course by Susanna Leonard Hill and it is AMAZING! I'm learning so much and it just makes me so excited to write! The last few lessons have been about first lines and endings. I've always known that first lines are super important and when I decide if I'm going to by a book or not I'll often read the first page or a few lines in the middle. This assignment was a bit different. Instead of reading the first page or first few lines we were only supposed Read more [...]
Title: The Frog Prince Continued
Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: Steve Johnson
Jacket Summary: You may think you know the story of the Frog Prince, but you'll have to read on to find out the shocking truth about life "happily ever after". The Princess can't stand the Prince's froggy habits - the way he hops around on the furniture and sneaks off to the lily pond. And listening to the Princess nag all the time isn't the Prince's idea of happiness either. What if he does occasionally flick Read more [...]
Author/Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Jacket Synopsis: Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It's what makes him happy. In one split second, however, all that is changed. A single reckless remark by his older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's once carefree expressions into joyless struggles. Lucky for Ramon, his younger sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something far more valuable than getting things just "right".
Why Read more [...]
Spells by Emily Gravett is an enchanting book about a frog who finds a book of spells. He begins to wish that it was a book about pirates or castles and that it would transport him on an adventure but it was still just a book of spells and he was still just a frog. Then he has an idea and begins to piece together spells to turn himself into the prince he's always imagined. This split page book allows your child to turn this loving frog into many different combinations of animals that will have them Read more [...]
Here's the other book by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts called Iggy Peck, Architect. Before Rosie became an Engineer, Iggy was out building buildings and towers and bridges. But when he enters the 2nd grade and his teacher wants nothing to do with buildings and such, Iggy feels lost. Then when disaster strikes on a class outing it's up to Iggy to save the day. The rhyme in this book flows with such humour and style that there is no way you could stop before the end. Thoughtfully illustrated, this Read more [...]
Well what more can I say about Oliver Jeffers that I haven't already said? The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers is so imaginative and creatively illustrated that it is impossible not to fall in love with. A book about a boy who loves the taste of books and the knowledge that they bring him and the eventual discovery that he must stop eating them. This book has it all. The more I learn about Oliver Jeffers the more intrigued I am by him. His illustrative style seems so simple and yet when Read more [...]