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

Born to Ride – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

For centuries, men have come up with reasons why women can't do things, whether its wear pants, wield a welding torch, fly airplanes, explore space, vote...... And in all of those cases, their arguments bordered on the ridiculous (well, if I remove the sugar coating, they actually were ridiculous). Case in point, my featured informational … Continue reading Born to Ride – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Can U Save the Day? – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Want a sure-fire read aloud—perhaps a sure-fire sing aloud? Look no further. What would happen if consonants suddenly thought they ruled the alphabet, and told those poor little vowels they weren't important? The Letter B gets on his high horse and informs the first vowel, A: There are 5 vowels in your group but 21 … Continue reading Can U Save the Day? – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF