2017 was a terrible year…well I shouldn’t say terrible, I should say bad. My father passed away unexpectedly just 5 days in to 2017 and with that came turmoil and stress beyond belief. I hardly read a book let alone review any. I had just started reviewing for a website and had to let that go. I had finished writing my first picture book (which needs an illustrator) and let that go. My head hurt, my heart hurt but I had to pick myself up and push forward. It sucked.
Now I am more clear headed, physically a wreck and I know I need to get back to what I love. So, today, Jan 14th, 2018, I start anew with the hope that 2018 doesn’t suck worse than last year.
I previously reviewed “Fly” by @karledwardsart about a year ago. I had found in on Edelweiss and fell completely in love with it! Now Karl is on a roll and has a few more picture books coming out. His blog has information about Hugely Wugely (which I have NOT read yet…hint hint Karl) but I have read I Got A New Friend which is due out in May (so.far.away). In this story a little girl and a puppy become new friends….they play together, they eat together, the get messy together…the illustrations are great and the text is sweet and will make a perfect storytime reading!
I’ve been blogging for about 3 year now and while I am still certainly a novice, I do feel like I am getting better. I’ve changed this site a bit and am trying really hard to be more creative with it. I’ve also started writing reviews for Children’s Literature out of DC but I think that I cannot use the same reviews so I will have to rewrite some things…Anyways, with the hope that I can get more creative, here is some picture book catch up that hopefully is different enough from my Goodreads that you won’t be bored.
How to Find A Fox by Nilah Magruder is a great new picture book. The illustrations are great and the text will be so much fun to read at storytime. How do you catch a fox? Finding a fox hole, having patience and not falling asleep are great ways to try and catch a fox. Unfortunately for our little girl, it doesn’t seem to fall that way for her right away.
This fun little one is exasperated and you can completely feel her pain as she is waiting waiting waiting.
Dinosaurs in Disguise by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Of What Grandma/Grandpa/Uncles do best) come together to bring us a fun new picture book about dinosaurs. Dinosaurs aren’t extinct, they are just hiding. Dinosaurs have been hiding so long that we just don’t notice them anymore. This will make a fun storytime book!
I have been on a roll, reading ARCs and Galleys (I’m not sure why there are 2 names for the same thing) and there are some very cute books coming out. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for access to these great titles!
Before I talk about the picture books I read, I just have to say how excited I am to be reading Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. This is being described as a sequel series to Fablehaven, my 2nd favorite series of all time. Same characters, new adventure!!
First up for today is Littles and How They Grow written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by AG Ford and published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers.
What a great story. A tale about “littles” and how they grow. This book showed diversity in the families and love on every page. I can’t wait to see this as an actual book.
Expected sale date June 13, 2017
Next up: Freckleface Strawberry: Monster Time! written by Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen (pronounced Le Win) Pham. Freckleface Strawberry books are very fun and sweet. I am not sure if this is the first beginning reader for Moore but she does a great job, tackling a friendship situation with text that kids can understand. Great illustrations.
Expected sale date July 11, 2017
Next: Naptastrophe written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka. If you are a parent of anyone over the age of 2, you can relate to this book. It is a tale of our little Lucy, who isn’t tired. She isn’t tired when she is put down for a nap, she isn’t tired when she goes shopping with her dad, she isn’t tired at dinner and she is not tired when she falls face first into her food. Fun illustrations and text.
As I was shopping for books the other night, I saw this lovely picture book “I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur” by Heath McKenzie and without reading it I bought it for school. Well this was a great purchase!
What would you do if you wanted to be a great big dinosaur? Well, lucky for our little guy, he has a T-Rex to tell him the ins and outs. Fantastic illustrations and great text. First, I’ll share at storytime then off to school the book will go!
Whenever I can find an author/illustrator that speaks to me, it makes me so happy…like all is right with the world. Next up, “I Wanna Be A Pretty Princess”…I had to put it on hold at the library so I hope it arrives soon.
“I Love You Book” written by written by Libby Hathorn was also illustrated by Heath McKenzie. I didn’t get to read this as a physical book so I know that I have missed some of the wonderful illustrations that McKenzie provided. A great story told with rhyming text, this would make a great storytime book or reading with on the couch with the kiddos.
Take a peek at McKenzie’s website and check out the awesome artwork he has created!
So I will be honest….I hadn’t read an Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems book until this one. I wasn’t against this series, I just knew that enough kids loved it that I didn’t feel the need to read it and could read something that maybe kids didn’t know about. That being said, just through this one title I could grasp what all the hype has been about . This is the goodbye book from Elephant and Piggie…this series is over. However, in case you didn’t know, Elephant and Piggie are now sharing the books that they are reading from authors such as Dan Santat and Laurie Keller. So worth the time to read.
Kate Messner writes about such a wide range of topics. I actually discovered this book because I read an article that Kate was asked to NOT attend a school visit due to this book. I would imagine that we will see this on the Banned/Challenged book list very soon.
Charlie is an Irish dancer, a sister, a friend, a daughter who she discovers a fish that grants wishes. She quickly learns that wishing for what she wants doesn’t always turn out the way she expects.
This book deals with the very difficult topic of drug addiction. I can understand the reluctance of educators and parents when it comes to this book, but Kate’s response to the disinvite was brillant: “When we decide a book is inappropriate for a school library because it deals with a tough subject, we’re telling kids in that situation that their problems can’t even be talked about,” read the whole article here.
These types of books are important. It can help a kid not feel alone. It can help a parent talk about a difficult topic. It can help everyone start a conversation.