The Great Santa Stakeout – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

What do you get when you team up children's librarian Betsy Bird with Super Illustrator, Dan Santat? This! I was reminded of the time when our son was small, and he rigged up an infrared night camera triggered by a motion sensor. On Christmas Eve, my husband and I used the camera to take photos … Continue reading The Great Santa Stakeout – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I Am a Thief! – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

There's something I'd like you to know: It can happen to the best of us—even to those of us who are little leaders, caring friends, or "Captain of the Worm Rescue Team." The part of the brain that governs impulse control, the part that understands the distinction between "mine" and "not mine" can be fully … Continue reading I Am a Thief! – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

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

This is a ball – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

I missed this book when it first came out in the U.S. in 2017. Before we open to the first page, let's take a look at the back cover. Here is everything you need to know. The first page reads like a baseline sanity check: Followed by the response on the next page: We're all … Continue reading This is a ball – Perfect Picture Book Friday – #PPBF

Not This Book – Halloweensie Contest Entry

Time for Susanna Hill's 100-word Halloweensie story contest. This year, the stories must contain the three words (in any form): potion, cobweb, trick. The 100 word limit does not include the title. And no illustration notes are allowed. I'm a little late to the party, but the clock has not yet struck midnight, so here … Continue reading Not This Book – Halloweensie Contest Entry

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

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

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

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