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

The Great Stink – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What we have here today, for your perusing pleasure, is history at its smelliest—a fascinating story that leads me to think more about the stench that emanates from San Francisco's storm drains every summer. But I digress. Let's head to London. From its water-borne disease vector endpapers to its funny and macabre illustrations, The Great … Continue reading The Great Stink – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Cougar Crossing – Perfect Picture Book Friday

P-22 is his name. (For real.)P is for puma. (Also called mountain lion or cougar.)22 for ID number. (More on that later.) Text ©️Meeg Pincus Illustration ©️Alexander Vidal He paces. Muscles flex. Tail twitches. Famous letters loom above him in the night.... Doesn't that narrative voice sound a bit like the voiceover in a Hollywood … Continue reading Cougar Crossing – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A few months ago I reviewed a picture book about Edwin Hubble, The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars. In that book, the author mentioned Vera Rubin, the woman who was interested in studying questions in astronomy that others (yes, mostly men) didn't bother with. And voilá, now we have her biography! Vera Rubin … Continue reading The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Beyond – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Like some picture books, the story for BEYOND begins on the end papers, with a child and adult gazing up at the stars. But long before we ever reach a title page, we hurtle planet by planet through our solar system Text ©️Miranda Paul Illustration ©️Sija Hong starting with the sun. We know muchabout the … Continue reading Beyond – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Be a Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In a wave of "tree books" that have suddenly appeared on the market, this one distinguishes itself in the way it speaks directly to the reader. And in the strong connections it makes between the reader and trees. It starts with an energetic directive— Text ©️Maria Gianferrari Illustration ©️Felicita Sala Be a tree!Stand tall.Stretch your … Continue reading Be a Tree – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There are picture books that tell you about someone's life, and you recall events. Then there are picture books that tell you about someone's life, and you recall how they made you feel. This is the latter. Note how we zoom in on Edwin at home as if we're finding him through the eye of … Continue reading The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Pig War – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Yes, it's hard to believe that we nearly went to war over a pig, but it's TRUE! And this book turns the incident into a funny, but cautionary tale that isn't stridently moralistic. And you have to love that pig blimp leaping over the harbor on the cover! The author, Emma Bland Smith, first provides … Continue reading The Pig War – Perfect Picture Book Friday

13 Ways to Eat a Fly – Perfect Picture Book Friday

After reading this title, the first thing I though of was Wallace Stevens' poem, 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. But blackbirds do not disappear in that poem. Here, the flies....meet their demise. One by one. And not just a single kind of fly. The reader watches 13 different kinds of flies—become someone else's … Continue reading 13 Ways to Eat a Fly – Perfect Picture Book Friday