A simple book about making mistakes [in art], but not letting them get in the way of creative process.
Or, in the words of Bob Ross, "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
Hands down my favorite children's illustrated book of 2017 and easily in my all-time top 10.
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.
It's a rare thing indeed when both child and adult alike can enjoy an illustrated book over and over again.
This is one of those books.