Love in the Library – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When I first heard Maggie Tokuda-Hall talk about her book based on her grandparents, I knew I had to have it for my own library. It's a true story about how love can miraculously be found under the most trying of circumstances. Take note of the armed guard in the tower outside the window of … Continue reading Love in the Library – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Not a Cat: a memoir – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Take a cue from Gato (and Walt Whitman): "I am large, I contain multitudes." From the cover, it's clear that Gato is a breaker of molds, a defier of norms and expectations. Text ©Winter Miller Illustration ©Danica Novgorodoff I have four legs, two ears, and a long, long tail, but the thing is... Text ©Winter … Continue reading Not a Cat: a memoir – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Chickenology – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I don't know why, but ever since I watched Chicken People, the documentary about people who breed and show chickens, I've found chickens to be somewhat engaging. And after reading this book, I find them fascinating, too. Did you know they can count up to four? Cats can only count up to three. (oh, the … Continue reading Chickenology – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Anemone is Not the Enemy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm taking a step back into 2020 for this week's featured book. The mix of STEM, humor, and subversiveness was too good to pass up. Check out that florescent pink! Text/Illustration ©Anna McGregor Meet Anemone Text/Illustration ©Anna McGregor Anemone hates "being stuck here with the boring barnacles." Cue the snickers. Especially when you look closely … Continue reading Anemone is Not the Enemy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Bruno the Beekeeper – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I came across Bruno and his grandmother while I was doing a little research about bees. And what a treat! Translated from Czech, it's a budding apiarist's dream. orig text/illus ©Aneta Františka Holasová translation ©Andrew Lass The book's preface explains how Bruno inherited his bees and how Grandma (yes, a human Grandma) now helps Bruno … Continue reading Bruno the Beekeeper – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What do you get when you cross a woolly mammoth's memoir with facts? A creative work of expository nonfiction about the Ice Age and its crazy cast of characters. Text ©Prof. Mike Benton Illustration ©Rob Hodgson This book also includes answers to your burning questions, like Why was the Ice Age so cold? How do … Continue reading Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Every Color of Light – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Enchanted Lion publishes interesting and thought-provoking books, including books in translation. The title declares that this will be a story about the sky and its varied shades/colors of light. But it feels like it's about so much more: pausing, breathing, listening, taking the time to observe our glorious world. The first image fills only a … Continue reading Every Color of Light – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How to Catch a Clover Thief – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Let's hear it for funny, subversive picture book writers who are women!!! Especially when they're also an author-illustrator like Elise Parsley. All Roy, the warthog, wants is to enjoy his little patch of clover. Tasty clover. Isn't that what we all want? To enjoy one sweet little treat of something we love? Something that may … Continue reading How to Catch a Clover Thief – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No better way to enter 2022 than with a book of the future! A book that shows why an award-winning physicist is also an adept science communicator. A book that's sure to bring WOW!s to the couch or classroom. The first spread presents a cross section of a child's house with labels, where the author … Continue reading Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone – Perfect Picture Book Friday

On the half-title page, we are treated to a quote from Nina Simone: "When I die...I'm gonnna know that I left something for [my people] to build on. That is my reward." This biography elegantly shows the progression of a woman bent on making a living through her music, to a woman bent on fighting … Continue reading Nina: A Story of Nina Simone – Perfect Picture Book Friday