Between Us and Abuela – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Although Mitali Perkins has won many awards for her middle grade and YA novels, Between Us and Abuela is her first picture book. And what a debut! She enters the illustrated world with a heart-stopping story about a family separated by more than distance. Abuela lives in Mexico, and her daughter and grandchildren, María and … Continue reading Between Us and Abuela – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sophie and Little Star – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sometimes you want a rollicking read aloud picture book. Sometimes you want informative and fun. And sometimes you want something quiet and sweet, especially at bedtime. For those winding down minutes, what could be better than a story about a little girl who helps a fallen, tiny twinkle of star find her way back to … Continue reading Sophie and Little Star – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Born Bad – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I've been smitten with BORN BAD for some time, now. The cover screamed "Pick me up!" And what I found on the interior whispered, "Take me home." I did. Doesn't that look like an evil wolf? A big bad wolf? A wolf on the wrong side of the law? But it turns out that: Wolfie … Continue reading Born Bad – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Very Impatient Caterpillar – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Look out Very Hungry Caterpillar, there's a new guy in town: And he happens to be a very funny, impatient caterpillar. One who wonders where all those other caterpillars are going... Metamorphosis??? Never heard of it! But once he's told he can become a butterfly, he wants to be part of the action, too. Yes, … Continue reading The Very Impatient Caterpillar – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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

No Bears Allowed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This week, I'm pleased to present a fabulous new book that takes aim at bias. Those binoculars are a metaphor folks. As adults, we tend to walk around with our perception goggles rigged for bias, possibly through parental conditioning coupled with mass media that insidiously (and often blatantly) establishes and then reinforces cultural, racial, and … Continue reading No Bears Allowed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ogilvy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

You've heard the old adage "the clothes don't make the bunny," right? Well, it takes some time for Ogilvy and Ogilvy's new friends to figure this out. When Ogilvy arrives in a new town, the bunny is excited to see so many other bunnies having fun in the park. They're drawing, playing ball, knitting, and … Continue reading Ogilvy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Pip & Pup – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I don't often review wordless picture books, but I was smitten by this book: Why? The huge humor and heart factor. Those who are "only" writers (like me) must infuse the text with heart, and then leave it to illustrators to fulfill what is promised in the text by adding their own form of magic. … Continue reading Pip & Pup – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Donkey and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Back when my son was a toddler, we read THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY, a story about a golden retriever who drops a ball down a prairie dog hole. Oh my, that was a favorite in our house for years. And now, another book by the Stevens sisters has landed on my desk. First a look … Continue reading The Donkey and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Lucy and the String – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I love the magic that can happen when picture books are written by author/illustrators. Lucy and the String is one of those magical books. At first I felt like I was being—ah—strung along.   What do you think is at the end of that string? Take a moment to observe Lucy's face in that moment … Continue reading Lucy and the String – Perfect Picture Book Friday