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

Daisy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time for a book with a gentle, classic feeling, one that tugs at the heart strings, and leaves the reader hope-filled and ready to turn back to the beginning for another read. Daisy was named after her mama's favorite flower. "They seem plain, but when you look closer you see their beauty," her mama would … Continue reading Daisy – 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

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

My School Stinks – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Going to a new school can be trying for any child. But what if it turns out that everyone at your new school is an animal? Stuart is the hapless child who ends up in this predicament. Dear Diary,I think there's been a mistake. My desk mate STINKS, [a skunk]my locker buddy bites [a crocodile], … Continue reading My School Stinks – 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

I Wish You Knew – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There is so much teachers don't know about the lives of the children who come through their classrooms. So much that kids may not know about their classmates or friends. And a world of details we all don't know about others whose lives may never intersect our own. I WISH YOU KNEW leads readers to … Continue reading I Wish You Knew – 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