The Girl Who Drew Butterflies – Perfect (Older, Nonfiction) Picture Book Friday

I don't often feature long nonfiction books, but I was smitten and gobsmacked (I love both of those words) by "The Girl Who Drew Butterflies," a new 148-page picture book by the poet, Joyce Sidman. Maria Merian was born in Germany in the mid 1600s. If you haven't heard of her, you're not alone. She's … Continue reading The Girl Who Drew Butterflies – Perfect (Older, Nonfiction) Picture Book Friday

Friends Stick Together – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Friends Stick Together is surprising, a brilliant pairing, and very funny. Before the story starts, we're clued into the personalities of the two main characters right on the title page: A studious rhino. And a cheeky tickbird. Publisher's description:  Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps … Continue reading Friends Stick Together – Perfect Picture Book Friday

S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) – Halloweensie Contest

Hello everyone! Time for my entry to Susanna Hill's annual Halloweensie Contest. Rules: 100 words or fewer, must contain some form of the following three words: cauldron, shiver, howl. I consider my entry a motivational picture book in 86 words, LOL.   S.O.S. (Save Our Souls)   Scarecrows flip-flop through the meadow. Goblins plunk a … Continue reading S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) – Halloweensie Contest

Grandmas From Mars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Just in time for Halloween, we have— It starts off innocently enough when Fred and Nell's parents head off for a pleasant evening, leaving the kids with Grandma: Pretty dull, isn't it? Grandmas all over the world are babysitting their grandchildren.... Should we just close this yawner right now? Talk about bait and switch! Where … Continue reading Grandmas From Mars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Misunderstood Shark – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ready for a new take on JAWS? Well, a picture book take filled with dark humor, that is... So here we are watching Underwater World with our host, Bob the jelly, when—  Luckily, shark finds out that the cameras are rolling and changes tacks to save his image, saying "...showing him my new tooth!" While … Continue reading Misunderstood Shark – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Kidquake – Dream Big!

Litquake San Francisco, an annual literary festival comprising 850+ authors and hundreds of events in the span of 10 days, can be exhausting and daunting, but it can also be exhilarating and inspirational.  I'm a co-producer of Kidquake, an event that draws 1,000 elementary school kids, their teachers, and chaperones to four assemblies and 10 … Continue reading Kidquake – Dream Big!

Super Saurus and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for a funny twist on the "new baby in the house" picture book? Look no further. Deborah Underwood has it covered with a mash-up of space aliens and dinosaurs in comic book technicolor: Arnold, aka Super Saurus, is busy happily battling Zottlebots— when his parents interrupt to show him their egg. Arnold's nonchalant response? … Continue reading Super Saurus and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Mary Had a Little Lab – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for the perfect read aloud? Look no further. Here's a science-y, humorous twist on "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Mary may be a scientific genius, but she has no friends. So she sets out to create a pet, something that will "make her life complete." Her invention, a "sheepinator," turns out to be a … Continue reading Mary Had a Little Lab – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It doesn't matter that they're wearing their jammies. It doesn't matter that they've taken a bath and are then brushing their teeth on the dedication page. No, none of that matters. Penguin and Tiny Shrimp want you to know: And so the great anti-bedtime saga begins. Penguin and Tiny Shrimp tell us a bold-faced fib … Continue reading Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Otis and Will Discover the Deep – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Barb Rosenstock is my nonfiction picture book author idol for several reasons: She always makes me care about the story/person/event. She uses a repetitive and lyrical line that pulses throughout the story. (In this case, she uses two.) She's a meticulous researcher. She includes fascinating back matter.  We meet the main characters as children. "Otis … Continue reading Otis and Will Discover the Deep – Perfect Picture Book Friday