Half a Chance – Middle Grade Book Review

I've read three middle grade novels by Cynthia Lord over the past few weeks. She has a very distinctive, gentle style. One that features the concerns of Tweens, no matter how small, and makes them seem extraordinarily important. Of the three I read, HALF A CHANCE will stay with me the longest. Synopsis of Half … Continue reading Half a Chance – Middle Grade Book Review

Pip & Pup – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I don't often review wordless picture books, but I was smitten by this book: Why? The huge humor and heart factor. Those who are "only" writers (like me) must infuse the text with heart, and then leave it to illustrators to fulfill what is promised in the text by adding their own form of magic. … Continue reading Pip & Pup – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Donkey and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Back when my son was a toddler, we read THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY, a story about a golden retriever who drops a ball down a prairie dog hole. Oh my, that was a favorite in our house for years. And now, another book by the Stevens sisters has landed on my desk. First a look … Continue reading The Donkey and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Lucy and the String – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I love the magic that can happen when picture books are written by author/illustrators. Lucy and the String is one of those magical books. At first I felt like I was being—ah—strung along.   What do you think is at the end of that string? Take a moment to observe Lucy's face in that moment … Continue reading Lucy and the String – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Normal Pig – Perfect Picture Book Friday

You've heard it on the playground, in the classroom, on playdates, in the lunchroom: "You're so weird." The statements that poke fun at another kid who has the nerve to do or be something different. Enter Pip, A NORMAL PIG. Despite the assertion that we'll be reading a book about a "normal" pig,  we can … Continue reading A Normal Pig – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Twists & Turns – A Writing Life

At 9:30pm last night, as I was sitting down to write my Perfect Picture Book Friday post, the movers arrived—with furniture from my husband's office. His company is going virtual, so what to do with all that stuff? Well, some was sold, some was given away to employees, and some was supposed to come to … Continue reading Twists & Turns – A Writing Life

Thumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump #Perfect Picture Book Friday

Need a fun read aloud? An awesome bedtime book? Look no further. It's nearly summer! Let's go berry-picking, shall we? Wagon on gravel goes bumpety-bump. Pebbles in the pond fall dunkety dunk. Toes in the grass go thumpety-thump. Bumpety, dunkety, thumpety-thump. This has got to be one of the most playful language stories I've read … Continue reading Thumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump #Perfect Picture Book Friday

Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I love it when I find a new ABC book with a twist, one that makes me smile. This one jumped out at me from the top of a library bookshelf. First, the end paper, a place for kids to guess the animals associated with each letter. Some, like "X," are tougher than others. The … Continue reading Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Noah Noasaurus – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This is a book that was just waiting for someone to write it. I'm glad that Elaine Kiely Kearns was there for the creating, because she knows dinosaurs, the dynamics of the childhood "NO," and how to make all of this funny. First, there is such a thing as a noasaurus. And it's fitting that … Continue reading Noah Noasaurus – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Have you ever made a birthday wish list and then received something so far afield from what you asked for that you cringed as you opened the present? And was it from someone you loved? Did you smile and say "thank you!" with enthusiasm? Here we have a little girl who's written her list, one … Continue reading When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday