“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Was it the great Shakes who said: A nose by any other name would smell as accurately? Yes, I think he was the one. And I think he was talking about the young James Kelly in search of a career, of something that would make him special. His future was out there. He could almost … Continue reading “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My Bison – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Occasionally, I read a picture book that makes me wonder how so few words can contain such depth. The answer is often a pesky critter that taps at a dark window, only to disappear when I turn to look. One thing I've noticed is that these kinds of picture books usually come from an author … Continue reading My Bison – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Girl on a Motorcycle – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Amy Novesky has no interest in writing a standard biography. I'm thinking specifically of her books, Cloth Lullaby: the Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois; Mi, Frida; and Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys. I imagine her focusing a wide angle lens on her subject, then combing through every wavelength of light until it … Continue reading Girl on a Motorcycle – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Louis – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

From day one... [page turn]things have gone downhill.I've been a pillow...[page turn]a hankie...and lunch for a prehistoric beast. Poor Louis. Can't a bear get a little respect around here? I'm tempted to show you the three spreads associated with the above text, but I don't want to spoil your fun. I will, however, show you … Continue reading Louis – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Seven Golden Rings – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Seven Golden Rings is a tale of longing, of using your cleverness for survival, a tale where your journey to fulfill your dream ends up bringing you something unexpected. Text ©️Rajani LaRocca Illustration ©️Archana Sreenivasan Long ago there lived a kind rajah who ruled over vast lands.He loved music, and gathered the finest players and … Continue reading Seven Golden Rings – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Promises Are For – 10th Annual Holiday Contest

Once again, deadlines have driven me to create something new. Plus, it's hard to resist writing a story for Susanna Hill's 10th Annual Holiday Contest. The rules: 250 or fewer words, not including the titleHoliday helpers or helping must be a major theme, not just incidental to the main storyMust be targeted toward kids, ages … Continue reading Promises Are For – 10th Annual Holiday Contest

This Old Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Have your tissues ready.....but, spoiler alert! The old dog doesn't die. This is not a book about grief. Instead, what we get is an ode to a tiny human breathing life into an old dog. They wander through the world, a world filled with slow delights and ample time to appreciate them. Stopping and smelling … Continue reading This Old Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Need a book that will make your energetic child beg to go to bed? Here it is: And if the cover didn't give you a clue as to the energy level of this book, the dedication page will. Enter, dog with football as the family appears to be arriving home from a game. Football fans … Continue reading Huddle Up! Cuddle Up! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Two Many Birds – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Text/Illustrations ©️Cindy Derby It's often easy to put your finger on the theme of a picture book. But Two Many Birds requires multiple fingers. It makes you think. It makes you take another look. It makes you question. And it makes you wonder. And that, my friends, is the peak of picture book perfection. Oh, … Continue reading Two Many Birds – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

No More Naps! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Anyone out there know/have children who dig in their heels at the thought of interrupting their day with a nap? This book should become part of your persuasive repertoire: Notice the front end paper: the wail that continues across the title page (not shown) and on to the first spread: Annalise Devine McFleece did not … Continue reading No More Naps! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF