How to Get Your Octopus to School – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Who loves octopuses? Please raise your eight arms! * In this endearing and inventively-illustrated new book about first-day school jitters, a little girl is in charge of getting her octopus to school. From the time the school's announcement letter arrives... Text ©Becky Scharnhurst. Illustration ©Jaclyn Sinquett to the last hug good-bye, this story will bring … Continue reading How to Get Your Octopus to School – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Behold the Octopus! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ever since I learned about the octopus that sneaked out of its tank at night to snack on fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I've had a deep respect for the intelligence of these eight-legged creatures. But I didn't know how diverse they are, until now... When I first saw the cover from a distance, … Continue reading Behold the Octopus! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ancient Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Other reviewers have called this book "luminous," "enchanting," and "ethereal." I agree! And I am compelled to describe the art before the text, as it is such a theatrical part of the story. Although the illustrations were created using acrylic and oil paints and later digitized, they look for all the world like they are … Continue reading Ancient Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Fire of Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Turns out that a parallel story structure—tracing the birth of a star along with the life of the woman who discovered the heart of their fire—is a perfect narrative metaphor. Wrapped in a blanket of sparkling space, an unformed star waits for its bright future to begin. Text ©Kirsten Larson Illustration ©Katherine Roy So begins … Continue reading The Fire of Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Seahorses Are Sold Out – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Yes, I usually love books in translation because they take risks that those published in the U.S. often don't. Case in point is this book from 2021 that you may have missed. Here we have a frazzled, overworked father who's pulling his hair out, while his child just wants to go to the lake, as … Continue reading Seahorses Are Sold Out – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Woven of the World – Perfect Picture Book Friday

One of the things I often love about books not published in the U.S. is how they clearly put an author and/or illustrator's obsessions on display. In contrast, U.S. picture books can feel a little too similar or too familiar. BUT, surprise!!! This book WAS written and published in the U.S. and is a testament … Continue reading Woven of the World – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Blurp’s Book of Manners – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If you're looking for a hilarious read aloud that also plucks the heart strings, one filled with vibrant and playful illustrations, and one that simultaneously does and doesn't take itself seriously— This is your book. If you're looking to be seen as the favorite auntie or uncle by the under age10 set, gift this book … Continue reading Blurp’s Book of Manners – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Sun is Late and So is the Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for a picture book with a "classic" feel, one that exists in the realm of folklore meets magical realism? Here's a fabulous option hot off the presses. Text ©Philip C. Stead. Illustration ©Erin E. Stead Three farm animals gaze out the barn door into the moonlit night. Wondering. Waiting for the sun to rise. … Continue reading The Sun is Late and So is the Farmer – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Boo Stew – Belated Perfect Picture Book Friday

Hello everyone! Interrupting your regularly scheduled Monday for a perfect picture book that's fitting for Halloween day! The author, Donna Washington, is a professional storyteller, and her skills shine in this narrative. There were always Scares in Toadsuck Swamp, but Curly Locks didn't pay 'em much mind. The Scares kept to themselves. They only woke … Continue reading Boo Stew – Belated Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If, after viewing this cover, you're not already half in love with this book and its topic, capybaras, then there may be no hope for your soul. Text ©Mike Allegra Illustration ©Jaimie Whitbread The rainforest was alive with squeaks, squawks, grunts, growls, hisses, harrumphs, and frenetic feather-and-fur-flying fury. It was quite the rumpus. No one … Continue reading Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles – Perfect Picture Book Friday