The Fate of Fausto – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Today's perfect picture book confirms that, yes, a picture book can be vitally relevant to adults and children, relating basic truths about our lives and how we interact with our world. That the picture book as an art object can do this in so few words continues to thrill me. Fausto is a man accustomed … Continue reading The Fate of Fausto – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Yogi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Spring training is in full swing and Barb Rosenstock's new book for baseball lovers (especially Yankee Fans) has hit the field. What were two of the things Yogi Berra was famous for? Here's a clue: The opening lines provide the themes for the story. Lawdie Berra (Yogi's given name) loved his family, his Italian neighborhood, … Continue reading Yogi – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Giraffe Problems – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No pressure. Nothing like being  ★ An Amazon Most Anticipated Children's Book of Fall 2018  or ★ A Publisher's Weekly Most Anticipated Children's Book of 2018. Yes, Jory John is a picture book rock star, but the pressure is real at the top. And I don't envy his having to pull a rabbit out of … Continue reading Giraffe Problems – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What Do They Do With All That Poo? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ever drive by the zoo and ask yourself the burning question: For all the scatological humor enthusiasts you know, this book should be at the top of your reading/buying list. Told in rhyme and accompanied by vibrant illustrations and fabulous factoids, we arrive at the zoo banquet table where everyone is chewing....Page turn, please. And … Continue reading What Do They Do With All That Poo? – Perfect Picture Book Friday

An Inconvenient Alphabet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

My question is this: Is there anything related to words that Ben Franklin didn't have a hand in? I think the answer is "no." In Beth Anderson's new book: we are handed yet another example. The jacket flap reads: It may be hard for kids to believe, but once upon a time there was no … Continue reading An Inconvenient Alphabet – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Otis and Will Discover the Deep – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Barb Rosenstock is my nonfiction picture book author idol for several reasons: She always makes me care about the story/person/event. She uses a repetitive and lyrical line that pulses throughout the story. (In this case, she uses two.) She's a meticulous researcher. She includes fascinating back matter.  In OTIS AND WILL DISCOVER THE DEEP, we … Continue reading Otis and Will Discover the Deep – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever – Contest Entry

Contest Rules: A character must be hopeful 214 words max, title not included Appropriate for ages 12 and under No illustration notes See other stories at Susanna Hill's Valentiny post. Now, for my story in exactly 213 words.   The Best Valentine's Day Party Ever by Jilanne Hoffmann Sal’s a maker. Cal’s a baker. Val’s … Continue reading The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever – Contest Entry

If You Were the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

If you were the moon, what would you do? Would you just lollygag up there in the sky, lazily rotating about your axis once every 27 days, never showing your dark side to your mama? "Helloooooo up there, moon! I'm sooooo tired. I wish I could do exactly nothing, just like you."   "But I … Continue reading If You Were the Moon – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Moonday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

So tell me, has the moon ever followed you home? You felt it glowing through the back window of your car. Then you turned and saw it hanging low in the sky, suspended by things unseen. And no matter how fast you drove, you couldn't shake it. It threw your shadow across your path as … Continue reading Moonday – Perfect Picture Book Friday

When Your Llama Needs a Haircut

Does your llama need a haircut? Um, not those llamas. YOUR llama.     If you struggle to separate your child from those tangled locks that are threatening to eat his or her head, this is the book for you.     Share this funny, sweet, and so true-to-life tale of llama drama with your … Continue reading When Your Llama Needs a Haircut