Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What do you get when you cross a woolly mammoth's memoir with facts? A creative work of expository nonfiction about the Ice Age and its crazy cast of characters. Text ©Prof. Mike Benton Illustration ©Rob Hodgson This book also includes answers to your burning questions, like Why was the Ice Age so cold? How do … Continue reading Maisie Mammoth’s Memoirs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No better way to enter 2022 than with a book of the future! A book that shows why an award-winning physicist is also an adept science communicator. A book that's sure to bring WOW!s to the couch or classroom. The first spread presents a cross section of a child's house with labels, where the author … Continue reading Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Secret Code Inside You – Perfect Picture Book Friday

How often do we find a picture book that combines rhyme with genetics? Hmmmm....never! Until now. Text ©️Rajani LaRocca Illustration ©️Steven Salerno Why aren't you fuzzy like a dog,or buzzy like a bee?Why can't you eat ants with your nose,or breathe beneath the sea? Questions lead to questions until we start getting answers: Text ©️Rajani … Continue reading The Secret Code Inside You – 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 Dirt Book – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Being a farmer's daughter, I am a fan of dirt and nature in all of its gritty wonderfullness. I also love how poetry helps kids understand science concepts, because they often engage with poems in a different way than if it's just straight prose. That said, the text on the first spread is written in … Continue reading The Dirt Book – 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

Avocado Asks – Perfect Picture Book Friday

We all know that the unexamined life is not worth living (according to Socrates), but Momoko Abe takes this one step further, extending examination to the lives of produce—with humorous results. Text/illustration ©️Momoko Abe Avocado was feeling just fine in the fruit and vegetable aisle of the supermarket.Life was pretty simple. No doubts.No questions. No … Continue reading Avocado Asks – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Freaky, Funky Fish – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The cover of Freaky, Funky Fish immediately sets the tone for this engaging and fact-filled book about how fish are the same, yet quite different. The first page (where the colors and shapes serve as eye candy) starts out with straightforward similarities, leaving the humor to the illustration. Text ©️Debra Shumaker Illustration ©️Claire Powell Fish … Continue reading Freaky, Funky Fish – 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

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