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

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

The Worst Breakfast – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As promised, one more gratuitous pic of a fabulous sculpture in THE LAST BOOKSTORE: Apparently, one reader got lost in the Horror Vault and mummified so they strapped her to the wall as a warning to others....I think she looks like an angel. You can see more pics of THE LAST BOOKSTORE in last week's … Continue reading The Worst Breakfast – Perfect Picture Book Friday

THE LAST BOOKSTORE + The House of Lost and Found – Perfect Picture Book Friday

First, I've got to show you where a spent a few hours this past week during spring break in Los Angeles. Yes, it's THE LAST BOOKSTORE housed in an old bank in downtown LA!   And what did I find in THE LAST BOOKSTORE? Well, an unusual picture book written by Swedish author, Martin Widmark. … Continue reading THE LAST BOOKSTORE + The House of Lost and Found – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Streak – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Having recently reviewed Barb Rosenstock's fabulous bio of Yogi Berra, I thought I'd reviewed Barb Rosenstock's THE STREAK: How Joe Dimaggio Became America's Hero....but it turns out I hadn't—until now. Baseball fans are familiar with how superstitious ball players can be. They wear their favorite socks, carry a luck talisman, or perform a key ritual … Continue reading The Streak – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Lights, Camera, CARMEN! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Get ready for a strong, character-driven story. Meet CARMEN. But who's that kid in the background? Oh yeah, her little brother, Eduardo. Everything we need to know about the relationship between Carmen and Eduardo is shown on the title page: She is the star. He is her eager acolyte. On the first spread, it's made … Continue reading Lights, Camera, CARMEN! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Yogi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Spring training is in full swing and Barb Rosenstock's new book for baseball lovers (especially Yankee Fans) has hit the field. What were two of the things Yogi Berra was famous for? Here's a clue: The opening lines provide the themes for the story. Lawdie Berra (Yogi's given name) loved his family, his Italian neighborhood, … Continue reading Yogi – Perfect Picture Book Friday