She Made a Monster – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Frankenstein was not a "must read" for those of us becoming engineers in the early 1980s. I'd heard of the monster, but had no idea of the story behind it. Now, it appears to be required reading for those capable of creating any sort of biological or technological monster, intentional or otherwise. Many consider this … Continue reading She Made a Monster – Perfect Picture Book Friday

An Inconvenient Alphabet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My question is this: Is there anything related to words that Ben Franklin didn't have a hand in? I think the answer is "no." In Beth Anderson's new book: we are handed yet another example. The jacket flap reads: It may be hard for kids to believe, but once upon a time there was no … Continue reading An Inconvenient Alphabet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Everybody’s Favorite Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

And now it's time for— I know what you're thinking: that's a pretty tall order, isn't it? Everybody's Favorite Book! Just how does one achieve this level of perfection? By giving the customer everything they want, in succession, of course! And in sometimes over-the-top silliness that is sure to leave those tykes rolling on the … Continue reading Everybody’s Favorite Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies – Perfect (Older, Nonfiction) Picture Book Friday

I don't often feature long nonfiction books, but I was smitten and gobsmacked (I love both of those words) by "The Girl Who Drew Butterflies," a new 148-page picture book by the poet, Joyce Sidman. Maria Merian was born in Germany in the mid 1600s. If you haven't heard of her, you're not alone. She's … Continue reading The Girl Who Drew Butterflies – Perfect (Older, Nonfiction) Picture Book Friday

Mia Moves Out – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time for a most huggable picture book! "When Mia moved in, Mom and Dad had a room ready for her. 'All yours,' they said.'" "Mia liked it, but it needed something.  'Perfect,' said Mia. 'And all mine.'" There you have it. This is a book that features an adopted child without the word "adoption" being … Continue reading Mia Moves Out – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Friends Stick Together – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Friends Stick Together is surprising, a brilliant pairing, and very funny. Before the story starts, we're clued into the personalities of the two main characters right on the title page: A studious rhino. And a cheeky tickbird. Publisher's description:  Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps … Continue reading Friends Stick Together – Perfect Picture Book Friday

S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) – Halloweensie Contest

Hello everyone! Time for my entry to Susanna Hill's annual Halloweensie Contest. Rules: 100 words or fewer, must contain some form of the following three words: cauldron, shiver, howl. I consider my entry a motivational picture book in 86 words, LOL.   S.O.S. (Save Our Souls)   Scarecrows flip-flop through the meadow. Goblins plunk a … Continue reading S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) – Halloweensie Contest

Grandmas From Mars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Just in time for Halloween, we have— It starts off innocently enough when Fred and Nell's parents head off for a pleasant evening, leaving the kids with Grandma: Pretty dull, isn't it? Grandmas all over the world are babysitting their grandchildren.... Should we just close this yawner right now? Talk about bait and switch! Where … Continue reading Grandmas From Mars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Misunderstood Shark – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ready for a new take on JAWS? Well, a picture book take filled with dark humor, that is... So here we are watching Underwater World with our host, Bob the jelly, when—  Luckily, shark finds out that the cameras are rolling and changes tacks to save his image, saying "...showing him my new tooth!" While … Continue reading Misunderstood Shark – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Kidquake – Dream Big!

Litquake San Francisco, an annual literary festival comprising 850+ authors and hundreds of events in the span of 10 days, can be exhausting and daunting, but it can also be exhilarating and inspirational.  I'm a co-producer of Kidquake, an event that draws 1,000 elementary school kids, their teachers, and chaperones to four assemblies and 10 … Continue reading Kidquake – Dream Big!