Only the Best for You, Mom! – Valentiny Contest

And now it's time for Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest! The rules this year: write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone feels guilty! My entry is 210 words.   Only the Best for You, Mom! By Jilanne Hoffmann   Mom, why are you giving me the stink eye? One … Continue reading Only the Best for You, Mom! – Valentiny Contest

I Am Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  Some kids are drawn to build, some to dance, some to sing or write or draw or do math or reach for the stars....so many paths and possibilities. And then we come to a child in Cameroon. Tantoh, a young boy in Cameroon, is drawn to the earth. He is fascinated by how plants … Continue reading I Am Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Giraffe Problems – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No pressure. Nothing like being  ★ An Amazon Most Anticipated Children's Book of Fall 2018  or ★ A Publisher's Weekly Most Anticipated Children's Book of 2018. Yes, Jory John is a picture book rock star, but the pressure is real at the top. And I don't envy his having to pull a rabbit out of … Continue reading Giraffe Problems – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What Do They Do With All That Poo? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ever drive by the zoo and ask yourself the burning question: For all the scatological humor enthusiasts you know, this book should be at the top of your reading/buying list. Told in rhyme and accompanied by vibrant illustrations and fabulous factoids, we arrive at the zoo banquet table where everyone is chewing....Page turn, please. And … Continue reading What Do They Do With All That Poo? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Two Problems for Sophia – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sooo, you've got that new pet you always wanted! But it comes with its own set of pet problems. Perhaps it has accidents on the floor or steals your slippers and turns them into shapeless clumps of fluff.  But if you're Sophia, well, she has bigger problems. Because she's got a larger-than-life pet. She has … Continue reading Two Problems for Sophia – Perfect Picture Book Friday

She Made a Monster – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Frankenstein was not a "must read" for those of us becoming engineers in the early 1980s. I'd heard of the monster, but had no idea of the story behind it. Now, it appears to be required reading for those capable of creating any sort of biological or technological monster, intentional or otherwise. Many consider this … Continue reading She Made a Monster – Perfect Picture Book Friday

An Inconvenient Alphabet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My question is this: Is there anything related to words that Ben Franklin didn't have a hand in? I think the answer is "no." In Beth Anderson's new book: we are handed yet another example. The jacket flap reads: It may be hard for kids to believe, but once upon a time there was no … Continue reading An Inconvenient Alphabet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Everybody’s Favorite Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

And now it's time for— I know what you're thinking: that's a pretty tall order, isn't it? Everybody's Favorite Book! Just how does one achieve this level of perfection? By giving the customer everything they want, in succession, of course! And in sometimes over-the-top silliness that is sure to leave those tykes rolling on the … Continue reading Everybody’s Favorite Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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