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!
Il Sung Na who has written A Book Of Winter, A Teacup in the Storm and many others, has a new title coming out in March of 2017. Thanks to Edelweiss and Knopf Books for Young Readers for advanced access to this new book, Bird, Balloon Bear. Bird is new to the forest and wants to make a new friend. He sees Bear and decides to approach when just at that moment Bear makes a friend in Balloon. Bird feels left out and wants to join in. When Balloon disappears (pops actually), Bird and Bear then become friends.
Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by Pam Paparone is a counting book told in rhyming text. The little girl journeys outside and the counting goes from 1-10…..until it rains too much then she runs inside and the counting goes backwards. A fun story I am looking forward to reading at storytime!
Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar and illustrated by Troy Cummings is a “fractured fairytale”…or in my words a fairytale twist…..Super great illustrations and fun text tell the story of Little Red who wants to take part in an ice skating competition but she doesn’t have a partner. Her Granny makes all kinds of suggestions and then one day Little Red meets Wolf out on the ice. Will he eat her? Will he follow her back to Granny’s house? Will they become friends? This is a little wordy for me to read at a storytime but it is worthy of getting added to the the collection at school!
If I haven’t said it before, I will say it now…Edelweiss is just the best. Early access to some really great titles is such a privilege to me. My only complaint is when I wish to read a really great picture book as an actual physical book and not as an ebook…on my tiny tablet. But I will seek out these titles once they are published so that I can really get the full effect of them. Here is a new batch of picture type books that I have read:
Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun and translated by Jen Calleja , published by Nobrow/Flying Eye Books is simply stunning. With facts and illustrations of animals from Africa, South America, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica you could really look at this book for days and days.
expected publication May 16, 2017
Next, from the same publisher is My very Own Space written by Pippa Goodhart and illustrated by Rebecca Crane. A little rabbit just wants to read his book, but there is too much commotion. Rabbit creates a quiet little space where no one is allowed to come in…but rabbit soon discovers that it may be too quiet.
expected publication July 11, 2017
Flying Eye Books released many new titles on Edelweiss in the past couple of days. Next is The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton. Erin lives with her mum and her pup Archie. Erin has grown up hearing tales of the mysterious Black Rock…she longs to discover the truth herself. One day she finally is able to stay on her mum’s ship unnoticed but then tragedy…Erin falls overboard!!! What happens as she discovers that things under the sea are not as they appear above the water line!
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.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for advanced access to this title. This book absolutely warmed my heart. Bunny loves to stories and each summer day, he is close by while the librarian reads out loud to the kids on warm, sunny days. But when summer ends, Bunny is afraid that he won’t get to hear stories at all…he doesn’t know if animals are allowed in the library. Great illustrations, great story…this will become part of my collection at school.
If I told the kids at school that I hadn’t read a Babymouse book yet, they may disown me. Maybe this will make it up to them….and once they find out that a picture book is coming out, they will be happy. I loved the illustrations and the story and this will make a fun addition to the holiday books!
I have neglected my poor blog lately but not because I don’t love reading and posting, but OBOB is very time consuming. I had a break in my schedule and found a bunch of advanced reader’s I haven’t read yet. So thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for allowing me access to these titles!
Up first is 10 Busy Brooms by Carole Gerber. A fun rhyming counting Halloween book. Great illustrations and very fun to read! It is added to my “to order” list for next year.
Next is 10 Little Ninjas by Miranda Paul . With a cover like this what is not to like love!! I wasn’t sure what this was going to be so I found myself super excited when I found out it was more along the lines of “5 Little Monkeys” which I sing at storytime a lot! Great illustrations and so much fun this is on my to order list for the fall!
Finally, Matthew McElligott has a new graphic novel coming out to add to the series of Mad Scientist Academy. This on is titled The Weather Disaster. He has some pretty fantastic books and now a graphic novel teaching about weather.. I even learned a couple of things!!
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for early access to this story. Adorable illustrations guide us through finding the perfect dog. Will it be big or little, hairy or not? Kevin O’Malley makes reading picture books fun! I can’t wait until this is published!
A little boy and a little girl want to play with each other, but neither wants to do what the other one wants….eventually they start playing their own way, one is a wizard-queen-ballerina-teacher (weren’t we all?!) and the other is a flying-dragon-race-car and they figure out that they each be what they want and still play together. Great illustrations.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this great book.
I love opening Edelwiess and finding all of new picture books that I can access and not have to download…today was a gold mine!!! First up Bear is not Tired by Ciara Gavin. Bear and the ducks live under one room and Bear sometimes has trouble remembering that he isn’t actually a duck. Winter is approaching and he is not the least bit tired, plus he thinks he will miss the fun. Bear starts to fall asleep at the most inappropriate times and mama duck promises him he won’t miss anything. Sweet story, great illustrations.
Next up Beard in a Box by Bill Cotter. The boy in this story is convinced that his dad is awesome because of his beard, so he orders a Beard in a Box and waits patiently for it to arrive. He follows all the directions only to discover that it is a total scam. His dad shows him what it truly means to be awesome. The entire time I was reading this I felt like I was watching a Chia Pet commercial:-)
and last but certainly not least, The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na, who is one of my favorite illustrators. This one, about a zoo, takes kids through the different sights and sounds…soft/prickly, black/white, asleep/awake. This doesn’t come out until 2016 but I will for sure be adding to my collection at school!