Monsters in the Briny – Perfect Picture Book Friday

At last! A book that seeks to answer the burning question: What do you do with a grumpy kraken?Crabby, cranky, crusty kraken?What do you do with a grumpy kraken?Kraken in the briny. Text ©Lynn Becker Illustration ©Scott Brundage (My apologies for the washed out colors. The pages are quite glossy and do not photograph well.) … Continue reading Monsters in the Briny – Perfect Picture Book Friday

King of Ragtime – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In my early teens, ©️I learned to play The Entertainer, loving its rhythm and the feeling that my hands were somehow accomplishing great feats while I enjoyed the song (after many hours of brainwork and practice that it took to keep my left hand hitting the backbone notes while my right hand capered off to … Continue reading King of Ragtime – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Secret Code Inside You – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How often do we find a picture book that combines rhyme with genetics? Hmmmm....never! Until now. Text ©️Rajani LaRocca Illustration ©️Steven Salerno Why aren't you fuzzy like a dog,or buzzy like a bee?Why can't you eat ants with your nose,or breathe beneath the sea? Questions lead to questions until we start getting answers: Text ©️Rajani … Continue reading The Secret Code Inside You – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Swamp Beast Bewitched by Sweets – Halloweensie Contest Entry

No Perfect Picture Book Friday post for me this week. It's time again for Susanna Hill's Halloweensie contest! Hundreds of writers join in the fun each year. Rules: 1) Entries must be 100 words or less, not including title; 2) Must contain some form of the words: goodies, glow-in-the-dark, and goosebumps; 3) must not contain … Continue reading Swamp Beast Bewitched by Sweets – Halloweensie Contest Entry

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

Mootilda’s Bad Mood – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Announcing a fabulous new book for all those mooooody little critters out there. You know who you are. Look at that face! Mootilda woke up in a huff with hay stuck in her hair. "What's going on? My pillow's gone. My doll's way over there!" She hugged her moomaw cow who said, "Oh sweetie, have … Continue reading Mootilda’s Bad Mood – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Swashby and the Sea – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I don't know about you all, but I'm desperately feeling the need for a little sweetness of spirit and connection. When this book arrived this week, it felt like it could help heal a tiny part of what's broken in our world. Swashby's an old salt, a curmudgeon, a grumpy old man who has no … Continue reading Swashby and the Sea – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

A Bunch of Punctuation – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Lee Bennett Hopkins passed away earlier this year, but he left behind a massive body of work, both his own poems and ones of other poets collected for anthologies. Here we have a fine example, with a front cover that offers a glimpse of what we can expect inside. Then there's the playful back. For … Continue reading A Bunch of Punctuation – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Ok, I'll admit that I'm getting a jump on Halloween, but there I was minding my own business, checking my holds out at the library—when what to my wondering eyes should appear? THIS! Who can resist that title? Who can resist the smell of—well, I won't go there. I brought the book home, opened it … Continue reading I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Can U Save the Day? – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Want a sure-fire read aloud—perhaps a sure-fire sing aloud? Look no further. What would happen if consonants suddenly thought they ruled the alphabet, and told those poor little vowels they weren't important? The Letter B gets on his high horse and informs the first vowel, A: There are 5 vowels in your group but 21 … Continue reading Can U Save the Day? – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF