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If it predates the 20th century, it's safe to assume that Nicole is interested in it, especially novels from the Victorian period. As a fine arts graduate still in contact with her inner six year old, she also adores children's picture books. She finds that a well-illustrated book can have a huge impact despite the limited space, much like a Pixar short, or Bruce Lee's one-inch punch.
The artwork in this book is SUBLIME! I was so entranced by the soft, graphite drawings that transition from page to page and add emotional depth to Nina's story. However, the text is sparse and best serves as an introduction to her accomplishments. But hopefully this beautiful book sparks an interest to learn more of the life of this legendary singer.
A story of an act of kindness from a little boy to his beloved tree. The expressive illustrations will sweep you into this book and melt your heart.
Stunning illustrations complement the triumphant true story of Bobbi Gibbs, the first woman to ever complete the Boston Marathon.
Jabari overcomes the discomfort and fear of trying something new with gentle encouragement from his father.
Atinuke, the Nigerian storyteller, has created a colorful and playful counting story as Mama goes to market with curious Baby strapped to her back. Baby ends up discovering extra treats along the way and adds them to the basket on Mama's head as she shops.
A clever rhyme with a sprinkling of Spanish words make this re-imagined fairy tale a fun read aloud. The twist at the end will amuse parents familiar with the original. And the Peruvian setting fleshed out with accurate portrayals of dress and textiles give the Princess and the Pea a welcome makeover!
This is a beautifully illustrated adventure story of a young girl as she seeks out the secret of a dreaded and deadly island that destroys ships, seemingly out of nowhere!
If the subtitle, 'a tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship' doesn't hook you, then maybe I'll just plead that you give these two hilarious sheep as they set out for an adventure a chance. Think of this as a story of a fuzzier but just as absurd Lucy-and-Ethel-type duo with a dangerous wolf thrown in for good measure.
Enter the enchanted wintery world of Chirri and Chirra as they bicycle through frozen forests, drink punch in giant ice castles, and drift to sleep in igloos underneath shooting stars. Doi's artwork is so cozy you will want to stay in this wonderland forever.
A hilarious story of a family dog who enters the corporate world to discover the struggles of being over-worked, pressed for deadlines, under-vacationed, and missing out on quality human time. Adults will appreciate the attention to detail in the illustrations while kids will enjoy the story of the talented Raymond, the dog who's trying to have it all and learns what really matters most along the way.
A self-confident rock is sure of his immovability and stature when along comes... Well, I won't be the one to spoil how this delightful story unfolds. For fans of They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, or anyone else, really, you can't miss with this one!
A perfect pick for history buffs, animal lovers or anyone who enjoys Indiana Jones level adventure! Read about the courageous men who fought to keep priceless horses alive from the slaughter of starving Russian soldiers and the Nazi's obsession with eugenics and experimental breeding. These men who were the remaining champions and advocates for their horses, and their centuries old breeding programs, gambled with the occupying forces to buy time in hopes that the US military can prevent them all from being lost to the world forever.
Andrea Beaty (author of Rosie Revere, Engineer) has written a quirky and delightful rhyming story! What happens when a famed hat maker's most perfect birthday hat blows away? Can she recover her hat or find something special enough to replace it? This book is a reminder of how necessary an impractical hat is!
Discover the personal history of Ezra Jack Keats who overcame poverty, anti-Semitism, and many more hurdles before becoming the renowned author and illustrator that we know today. This story is beyond inspiring! It's a triumph of his perseverance, discipline and passion that will surely motivate each reader! And Lou Fancher's collage style illustrations serve as an homage to Keats' work while bringing a freshness to the retelling of his story.
Another home run from the author of Roller Girl! Imogene has been home schooled and has grown up assisting her family at their shop at the renaissance fair, perfecting her sword fighting skills, and dreaming of becoming a paid squire. But when she enters public school, her priorities are tested and her values are challenged in the new environment. Anyone who has survived middle school will definitely relate as Imogene struggles to navigate the cliques, the unwritten rules, and the difficult teachers while staying true to herself. Her experiences are universally familiar while still featuring a one-of-a-kind heroine.
To be honest, I was reluctant to start this book. A story about an oak tree and a crow didn't quite capture my interest. But I took a step of faith based on Applegate's abilities, and read on anyway, and I'm so glad I did! What an unexpected delight, with a story so simple and true, I'm sure it will resonate with every reader. This is a timely book, great for any individual, but would be especially fruitful to discuss in a family or classroom setting.
Ed Galing was a prolific poet, a native of Nashville, and oftentimes, homeless. He was a frequent contributor to the local paper that is written and distributed by currently and formerly homeless people. When the Steads came across his poem, "Tony," on a trip to Tennessee, they were so stuck by its simplicity and beauty, they knew they had to illustrate it. This book is Erin Stead's homage to that poem. This quiet scene takes place in the cool and shadowy hours before sunup. A man and his horse deliver milk and eggs. A neighbor greets them and gives the horse a pat. The hushed moment is perfectly expressed by Erin's wood prints. The words come alive. You can faintly hear the clomp of hooves and the clink of milk bottles. Sublime
Imagine the sweetest and cutest thing that you can. Maybe it's a kitten playing with a duckling, or a baby goat wearing pjs and frolicking through daisies or a hedgehog napping in a teacup...GREAT! Now you're prepared to read this book because it is OFF THE CHARTS on the 'adorable' scale and it can be a shock if you're not ready! Read this and slip into Doi's world for some respite and a cup of acorn coffee!
This book shows the journey that many refugees and asylum seekers choose to undertake. It elegantly illustrates the fear, confusion, obstacles, and long periods of waiting that almost universally make up their stories. Sanna set out to honor their experiences and in my opinion she's succeeded.
Finally! The illustrated story of a dumpling that I never knew I needed! When a dumpling is overlooked in a dim sum restaurant, an outgoing cockroach comes to the rescue. Together they explore the varied landscape of the bustling restaurant. The clever illustrations really elevate the story! Flames from a wok spell out sounds, piles of dirty dishes look like shimmering china towers, and hanging red lanterns become the perfect vantage point to take in the view. You'll have to check out this book to see what happens next. But sometimes all we need is a new perspective.
A delightful and thoughtful story where animals take care of their zookeeper for a change. Being confined to bed would certainly be more bearable if you had many four-legged and feathered friends to look after you! This book's lovely drawings demonstrate what true friendship looks like.
Jill notices at the end of her storybook that the "happily ever after" did not apply to the defeated dragon. Read on to hear how Jill and her new friend create a much happier ending! (Spoiler alert: It involves delicious toast.) And enjoy Barnes' utterly original, yet somehow timeless, illustrations. In this case, you should TOTALLY judge the book by its cover!
An adorable and goofy book with a heart! Now could you please point me towards the nearest lemming adoption center. Two thousand miles north, you say? Perfect! I'll just read this one more time before starting off.