Two Many Birds – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Text/Illustrations ©️Cindy Derby It's often easy to put your finger on the theme of a picture book. But Two Many Birds requires multiple fingers. It makes you think. It makes you take another look. It makes you question. And it makes you wonder. And that, my friends, is the peak of picture book perfection. Oh, … Continue reading Two Many Birds – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Gurple and Preen – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Looking for a fun read? One written and illustrated by the legendary pair, Linda Sue Park and Debbie Ridpath Ohi? Here you go: Oh, no! A spaceship filled with crayons and two robots has crash-landed on a barren planet! What's a robot to do? Well, if you're Gurple, you panic. "Preen? Preen, where are you?" … Continue reading Gurple and Preen – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics #PPBF

When you can't sleep at night, do you lie awake in the dark, wondering what kind of equation would describe the rotation of a wobbling top? If your answer is yes, you're in good company. Meet Sophie Kowalevski, a Russian mathematician born in 1850, who spent years pondering this question. But because she was a … Continue reading Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics #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

My Friend Earth – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Two weeks into self-isolation, and I'm appreciating my daily outing to walk the dog. The sun, the wind, the bird calls, all serve to lift my spirits. So for my last selection for Women's History Month, I'm giving a nod to Mother Earth, our greatest female icon, by featuring Patricia MacLachlan's stunning new ode to … Continue reading My Friend Earth – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

First thing I've got to say: This is NOT a simple, boring counting book. It is, as a reviewer for School Library Journal states, “Stunning…brilliantly colored…striking… [with] Just the right amount of tension, delicious vocabulary…" The attention to detail is fabulous, with the front end papers leading the way. The tension begins even before the … Continue reading One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Freedom Soup – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I feel compelled to add my voice to those who are lauding FREEDOM SOUP! As you can see from the cover, it's not going to be your everyday dull, boring history lesson. This story will be a shared cooking and dancing celebratory experience, one where we learn how the slaves of Haiti overthrew their oppressors … Continue reading Freedom Soup – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I missed last week's post due to Kidquake, the elementary school program of the Litquake Literary Festival in San Francisco. We wrangled about 800 kids, plus their teachers and chaperones through four assemblies, 10 workshops, and hundreds of books. All FREE for registered classes. And only one fire alarm pulled by a particularly exuberant child. … Continue reading Express Delivery From Dinosaur World – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Eye That Never Sleeps – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I was combing through my stacks last night, looking for a different picture book, when I spied a lavender spine. There aren't many picture books with a lavender, orange, red, and brown palette. And how unusual for a book about Detective Pinkerton, the immigrant who saved President Lincoln from assassination. In that moment, I remembered … Continue reading The Eye That Never Sleeps – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sweety – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In 2013, Andrea Zuill made a big splash in our region by winning the "Best Portfolio" award at the SCBWI Golden Gate Conference. The honor was well-deserved. In Sweety, every line of Andrea's work is so expressive, I found myself laughing and crying over a naked mole rat who wears clothes. In other words, Sweety … Continue reading Sweety – Perfect Picture Book Friday