a house that once was – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Is there a house, a house somewhere in your memory, that you recall as being haunted? One off  a dirt road that wound through the woods? One where the windows may or may not have been broken by a stray stone? The roof sagging, but still intact? Did you find this house in the woods … Continue reading a house that once was – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

SumoKitty – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Oh, it's good to be back, albeit a bit under the weather. But nasty cold aside, I'd like to share a recent library find. How could I resist those eyes? That topknot? Are you looking for something "fresh?" A book about cats, sumo wrestling, and never giving up just might qualify. Seriously. Let's start with … Continue reading SumoKitty – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Somewhere Else – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

Sometimes I fall in love with the strange beauty of a book. Its "je ne sais quoi." Such is the case for this lovely picture book created by Gus Gordon and edited by the legendary Neal Porter of Roaring Brook Press. Yes, the book is from 2017. Neal Porter is now making waves with his … Continue reading Somewhere Else – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

The Great Santa Stakeout – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

What do you get when you team up children's librarian Betsy Bird with Super Illustrator, Dan Santat? This! I was reminded of the time when our son was small, and he rigged up an infrared night camera triggered by a motion sensor. On Christmas Eve, my husband and I used the camera to take photos … Continue reading The Great Santa Stakeout – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I Am a Thief! – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

There's something I'd like you to know: It can happen to the best of us—even to those of us who are little leaders, caring friends, or "Captain of the Worm Rescue Team." The part of the brain that governs impulse control, the part that understands the distinction between "mine" and "not mine" can be fully … Continue reading I Am a Thief! – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

The Fate of Fausto – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Today's perfect picture book confirms that, yes, a picture book can be vitally relevant to adults and children, relating basic truths about our lives and how we interact with our world. That the picture book as an art object can do this in so few words continues to thrill me. Fausto is a man accustomed … Continue reading The Fate of Fausto – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

This is a ball – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

I missed this book when it first came out in the U.S. in 2017. Before we open to the first page, let's take a look at the back cover. Here is everything you need to know. The first page reads like a baseline sanity check: Followed by the response on the next page: We're all … Continue reading This is a ball – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

A Bunch of Punctuation – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Lee Bennett Hopkins passed away earlier this year, but he left behind a massive body of work, both his own poems and ones of other poets collected for anthologies. Here we have a fine example, with a front cover that offers a glimpse of what we can expect inside. Then there's the playful back. For … Continue reading A Bunch of Punctuation – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I missed last week's post due to Kidquake, the elementary school program of the Litquake Literary Festival in San Francisco. We wrangled about 800 kids, plus their teachers and chaperones through four assemblies, 10 workshops, and hundreds of books. All FREE for registered classes. And only one fire alarm pulled by a particularly exuberant child. … Continue reading Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Ok, I'll admit that I'm getting a jump on Halloween, but there I was minding my own business, checking my holds out at the library—when what to my wondering eyes should appear? THIS! Who can resist that title? Who can resist the smell of—well, I won't go there. I brought the book home, opened it … Continue reading I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF