Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What do you get when you cross a woolly mammoth's memoir with facts? A creative work of expository nonfiction about the Ice Age and its crazy cast of characters. Text ©Prof. Mike Benton Illustration ©Rob Hodgson This book also includes answers to your burning questions, like Why was the Ice Age so cold? How do … Continue reading Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Every Color of Light – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Enchanted Lion publishes interesting and thought-provoking books, including books in translation. The title declares that this will be a story about the sky and its varied shades/colors of light. But it feels like it's about so much more: pausing, breathing, listening, taking the time to observe our glorious world. The first image fills only a … Continue reading Every Color of Light – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No better way to enter 2022 than with a book of the future! A book that shows why an award-winning physicist is also an adept science communicator. A book that's sure to bring WOW!s to the couch or classroom. The first spread presents a cross section of a child's house with labels, where the author … Continue reading Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone – Perfect Picture Book Friday

On the half-title page, we are treated to a quote from Nina Simone: "When I die...I'm gonnna know that I left something for [my people] to build on. That is my reward." This biography elegantly shows the progression of a woman bent on making a living through her music, to a woman bent on fighting … Continue reading Nina: A Story of Nina Simone – Perfect Picture Book Friday

King of Ragtime – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In my early teens, ©️I learned to play The Entertainer, loving its rhythm and the feeling that my hands were somehow accomplishing great feats while I enjoyed the song (after many hours of brainwork and practice that it took to keep my left hand hitting the backbone notes while my right hand capered off to … Continue reading King of Ragtime – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Survivor Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This book may have been written for kids but it is also appropriate for anyone who seeks inspiration and hope for a better future. In this case, hope comes in the form of a tree. Text ©️Marcie Colleen Illustration ©️Aaron Becker A tree stood steel-straight and proudat the foot of the towers that filled the … Continue reading Survivor Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Secret Code Inside You – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How often do we find a picture book that combines rhyme with genetics? Hmmmm....never! Until now. Text ©️Rajani LaRocca Illustration ©️Steven Salerno Why aren't you fuzzy like a dog,or buzzy like a bee?Why can't you eat ants with your nose,or breathe beneath the sea? Questions lead to questions until we start getting answers: Text ©️Rajani … Continue reading The Secret Code Inside You – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How to Have a Birthday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Birthdays! A favorite topic of pretty much every person under the age of 30, and maybe for some over the age of 30 as well. But How to Have a Birthday comes at the idea of celebrating from an unusual perspective, a "how-to" voice that leaves much open to interpretation. Text ©️Mary Lyn Ray Illustration … Continue reading How to Have a Birthday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Who knew that evolution could be so funny? Starting with the title page: Text/Illustrations ©️Drew Sheneman Oh, what a wise, wise chicken! Then comes a most serious author's note about how this book is based on scientific research, with a facing page that clues the reader in to the part that may be fictional—dinosaurs speaking … Continue reading Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Kafka and the Doll – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Some biographies take their subjects from cradle to grave. Others are slice of life narratives that show one important aspect of a subject's life. Kafka and the Doll is the latter. But the author, Larissa Theule, is careful to explain in her note to readers, that this work of historical fiction seeks to tell a … Continue reading Kafka and the Doll – Perfect Picture Book Friday