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

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

Clovis Keeps His Cool – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What human doesn't struggle with keeping their cool? Especially in the face of provocation....And bulls? Well, we know they see red quite often, right? My friends, I present Clovis, a bull in charge of his granny's china shop. Look at how he pours his tea. Look at how daintily he sits at that tiny table. … Continue reading Clovis Keeps His Cool – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It Fell From the Sky – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm not sure what I could say about this book other than it's brilliant! It's gorgeous! It should be added to your permanent collection immediately! Why? Well, hmmmm. The story begins with an object of interest. The reader will know what it is—a marble—but the creeping, crawling, flying creatures of this backyard world haven't a … Continue reading It Fell From the Sky – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How to Have a Birthday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Birthdays! A favorite topic of pretty much every person under the age of 30, and maybe for some over the age of 30 as well. But How to Have a Birthday comes at the idea of celebrating from an unusual perspective, a "how-to" voice that leaves much open to interpretation. Text ©️Mary Lyn Ray Illustration … Continue reading How to Have a Birthday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Who knew that evolution could be so funny? Starting with the title page: Text/Illustrations ©️Drew Sheneman Oh, what a wise, wise chicken! Then comes a most serious author's note about how this book is based on scientific research, with a facing page that clues the reader in to the part that may be fictional—dinosaurs speaking … Continue reading Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Mel Fell – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Yes, that's the correct orientation of this book. It opens on the edge under the bir'd's beak. A stroke of genius, as you'll see when you start to read the story. Mel is the brave one in the nest, and makes the big decision to skedaddle the minute Mama takes off. Text/Illustration ©️Corey R. Tabor … Continue reading Mel Fell – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Whale of a Mistake – Perfect Picture Book Friday

None of us worry about making mistakes, right? Right. Well, just in case you do, take a look at this lovely book. The first illustration is up close and personal: Text/Illustration ©️Ioana Hobai The text addresses the reader directly: Text/Illustration ©️Ioana Hobai Oh, no! What did I do? How could I have done something so … Continue reading A Whale of a Mistake – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It Will Be OK – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Text ©️Lisa Katzenberger Illus. ©️Jaclyn Sinquett I fell in love at first sight with sweet Giraffe and Zebra's outstretched arms. Yes, smitten by a cover. So often that's the first thing that grabs the eye of the parent or child in the bookstore or library. And when I read the first spread, I was hooked. … Continue reading It Will Be OK – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My Bison – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Occasionally, I read a picture book that makes me wonder how so few words can contain such depth. The answer is often a pesky critter that taps at a dark window, only to disappear when I turn to look. One thing I've noticed is that these kinds of picture books usually come from an author … Continue reading My Bison – Perfect Picture Book Friday