This week I’m celebrating picture books.
This past summer, I made a list of 10 picture books I wanted to read this Fall- and last week, I finished reading them all. I’m sharing my reviews of them. Hopefully, you’ll find some books you’d want to read!
[****] One of my favorite recent picture books. What a great message of doing the best you can despite the overwhelming odds and being pleasantly surprised that there’s others out there doing their best as well.
[****] Get ready to laugh out loud again with The Day the Crayons Came Home, the companion to Drew Daywalt’s and Oliver Jeffers’ bestselling picture book The Day the Crayons Quit. Postcards are being sent all over by a boy’s misplaced crayons telling him they are coming home. With callbacks, recurring gags, new characters, and a quirky original premise, this too will become another read-aloud favorite.
[****] This is a special book readers will want to add to their collections. The flowing text and the graceful art come together in a beautiful dance telling the story of Anna Pavlova, a young girl in Russia whose life is forever changed after her mother takes her to watch a ballet performance. There, she would find her calling. And realizing her dream, she would bring the beauty she found with many others until her unfortunate death.
[**] I didn’t like this as much as other installments in the series. Lulu wasn’t that likable in this one. And why couldn’t Bumblebee Boy be the friend? Hopefully I’m not outgrowing the series.
[***] A ghost is mistaken for an imaginary friend in this charming picture book by witty writer Mac Barnett and one of my current favorite illustrators Christian Robinson.
[***] A delightful new addition in this series by a talented illustrator I enjoy. It’s spring time and Little Bear searches for his Papa in unlikely places only to find more than he was looking for. A pleasant surprise ending.
[****] This is a book that transcends age.Kids will love it because it’s fun and creative. Adults will love it for the same reasons and because it’s smart and the message is full of wisdom that is only acquired through years of living. Or maybe we know it as children and forget it for awhile and hopefully the lucky few of us remember that “just because a friendship is imaginary doesn’t mean it’s not real.” I can’t wait for everyone else to read this.
[***] Stillwater the Panda returns for another round of lessons- this time about patience, sharing and kindness despite overwhelming odds.
[****] I knew I was going to like this one. I love Winnie-the-Pooh and I enjoy hearing the story of the real Winnie. This was a cool format of a story within a story in which the great granddaughter of the soldier who rescued the bear tells her son of the friendships that would inspire the books that would be loved by millions. Beautiful illustrations to accompany a beautiful tale.
[***] Beautifully illustrated tale of letting go in order to grow.
My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is Elizabeth Gilbert’s thought-provoking insights about passion. Here’s the link to it: http://www.supersoul.tv/supersoul-sessions/what-a-soul-mate-truly-is-and-why-you-might-not-want-to-marry-him-2/
What are you celebrating this week?