The Great Stink – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What we have here today, for your perusing pleasure, is history at its smelliest—a fascinating story that leads me to think more about the stench that emanates from San Francisco's storm drains every summer. But I digress. Let's head to London. From its water-borne disease vector endpapers to its funny and macabre illustrations, The Great … Continue reading The Great Stink – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Dirt Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Being a farmer's daughter, I am a fan of dirt and nature in all of its gritty wonderfullness. I also love how poetry helps kids understand science concepts, because they often engage with poems in a different way than if it's just straight prose. That said, the text on the first spread is written in … Continue reading The Dirt Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Cougar Crossing – Perfect Picture Book Friday

P-22 is his name. (For real.)P is for puma. (Also called mountain lion or cougar.)22 for ID number. (More on that later.) Text ©️Meeg Pincus Illustration ©️Alexander Vidal He paces. Muscles flex. Tail twitches. Famous letters loom above him in the night.... Doesn't that narrative voice sound a bit like the voiceover in a Hollywood … Continue reading Cougar Crossing – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A few months ago I reviewed a picture book about Edwin Hubble, The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars. In that book, the author mentioned Vera Rubin, the woman who was interested in studying questions in astronomy that others (yes, mostly men) didn't bother with. And voilá, now we have her biography! Vera Rubin … Continue reading The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Child of the Flower-Song People – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When I think of the hundreds of years of colonial oppression of indigenous cultures around the world, I wonder how some cultures still survive. And then I read a story like Child of the Flower-Song People, and I realize that those cultures, or the knowledge contained within those cultures, still exist because of individuals who … Continue reading Child of the Flower-Song People – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Freaky, Funky Fish – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The cover of Freaky, Funky Fish immediately sets the tone for this engaging and fact-filled book about how fish are the same, yet quite different. The first page (where the colors and shapes serve as eye candy) starts out with straightforward similarities, leaving the humor to the illustration. Text ©️Debra Shumaker Illustration ©️Claire Powell Fish … Continue reading Freaky, Funky Fish – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Beyond – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Like some picture books, the story for BEYOND begins on the end papers, with a child and adult gazing up at the stars. But long before we ever reach a title page, we hurtle planet by planet through our solar system Text ©️Miranda Paul Illustration ©️Sija Hong starting with the sun. We know muchabout the … Continue reading Beyond – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Be a Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In a wave of "tree books" that have suddenly appeared on the market, this one distinguishes itself in the way it speaks directly to the reader. And in the strong connections it makes between the reader and trees. It starts with an energetic directive— Text ©️Maria Gianferrari Illustration ©️Felicita Sala Be a tree!Stand tall.Stretch your … Continue reading Be a Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Watercress – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I will go out on a limb and say that if you read only one picture book this year, it should be this one. Okay, the limb is creaking because there are so many wonderful picture books, but this one should truly be at the top of your list. Watercress is about memory. It's about … Continue reading Watercress – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There are picture books that tell you about someone's life, and you recall events. Then there are picture books that tell you about someone's life, and you recall how they made you feel. This is the latter. Note how we zoom in on Edwin at home as if we're finding him through the eye of … Continue reading The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday