This Old Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Have your tissues ready.....but, spoiler alert! The old dog doesn't die. This is not a book about grief. Instead, what we get is an ode to a tiny human breathing life into an old dog. They wander through the world, a world filled with slow delights and ample time to appreciate them. Stopping and smelling … Continue reading This Old Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Need a book that will make your energetic child beg to go to bed? Here it is: And if the cover didn't give you a clue as to the energy level of this book, the dedication page will. Enter, dog with football as the family appears to be arriving home from a game. Football fans … Continue reading Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Two Many Birds – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Text/Illustrations ©️Cindy Derby It's often easy to put your finger on the theme of a picture book. But Two Many Birds requires multiple fingers. It makes you think. It makes you take another look. It makes you question. And it makes you wonder. And that, my friends, is the peak of picture book perfection. Oh, … Continue reading Two Many Birds – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

No More Naps! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Anyone out there know/have children who dig in their heels at the thought of interrupting their day with a nap? This book should become part of your persuasive repertoire: Notice the front end paper: the wail that continues across the title page (not shown) and on to the first spread: Annalise Devine McFleece did not … Continue reading No More Naps! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Farmers Unite! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

As cold winds start to blow across what once was prairie, this farmer's daughter thinks of that long, bitter winter so long ago. The winter when farmers sent a message to Washington....by driving their tractors there. FARMERS IN 1977had a problem: they weregoing broke. Crop prices tanked.Expenses soared for tractors,fuel, and land. “When a bushel … Continue reading Farmers Unite! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Broken Heartland – An Omen from 1990

As we consider current election results and the aftermath, I'd like everyone to take a peek at the following: If anyone in Hillary Clinton's campaign had read this book, if any Democrat had read this book 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, we might be in a different place right now. The author, Osha … Continue reading Broken Heartland – An Omen from 1990

Pandemic Halloween – #Halloweensie

Time to enter Susanna Hill's annual Halloweensie Contest! The rules: Must be for kids age 12 and under.Must contain a version of the words: creepy, skeleton, mask.Must be related to Halloween.Must be 100 words or fewer, not including title.No illustration notes allowed. In the spirit of 2020, here's my 99-word story, including a recording for … Continue reading Pandemic Halloween – #Halloweensie

Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

To Emma Lilian Todd, problems were likegusts of wind: they set her mind soaring. This lyrical sentence introduces us to a girl aswirl with ideas, curiosity, and a tinkering spirit. Just HOW do things work? Lilian figures things out. But what can a girl in the late 1800s do, if the world isn't quite ready … Continue reading Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

The Paper Kingdom – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I was 21 and thoughtless. I and my co-workers ate popcorn with abandon, not thinking about the mess we made in the office. We were engineers, focused on producing mainframe (does that date me?) computer equipment and not much else. So when the cleaning staff asked us to be less messy, we were shocked out … Continue reading The Paper Kingdom – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Barnabus Project – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Everything about this picture book screams: ART OBJECT!! From the cover: to the boards hiding under the dust jacket: To the end papers (apologies for the glare on these two spreads): To the exquisitely detailed spreads: This book is a visual feast. And the story? It is dream-like science fiction in picture book form. Barnabus, … Continue reading The Barnabus Project – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF