Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Great Pasta Escape by Miranda Paul (Illustrated by Javier Joaquin)

Title: The Great Pasta Escape
Written By:  Miranda Paul
Illustrated By: Javier Joaquin
Published By: Bonnier, 2017

Imprint: Little Bee Books

Genre: Fiction  
Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: Working together 

Opening:  
 Since the beginning of their lives 
(which was earlier that morning),
the pasta at the factory followed the rules.

They stuck to their own kind. 

They stayed still in their packaging.

And they never spoke to humans. 


Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher:  That is, until they discovered what it really means to be pasta...to be eaten by humans! Fettuccine is scared, Rame in outraged, and Macaroni is just trying to keep the peace among all the pasta. Will they be able to all work together to use their noodles and cook up a great escape? 

Why I Like This Book: Punny pasta might just be the most delicious of all. A fun and entertaining way to learn pasta shapes and plan a great escape. 



For MORE about Miranda Paul and her books, click here:
http://mirandapaul.com/




For MORE about Javier Joaquin, click here:
http://javierjoaquin.blogspot.com/

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blobfish Throws a Party by Miranda Paul (Art by Maggie Caton)

TitleBlobfish Throws a Party 

Written By:  Miranda Paul
Illustrated By: Maggie Caton
Published By: Bonnier, 2017

Imprint: Little Bee Books

Genre: Fiction  
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: Loneliness, Hunger 

Opening:  
Blobfish lived at the bottom of the ocean. 
The dark, lonely bottom of the ocean. 
With no lights and no friends. 
And no delicious treats. 


Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: Blobfish lives at the bottom of the ocean with no lights, no friends, and no delicious treats. The only way he can think to change is to 1. Throw a party or 2 save the world in true hero style. He decide to go with option #1. 

However, when he announces "Deep-sea party!" Bring a treat to share! the mermaids hear cheap free party! Sling on a sheet to wear!" and the shorebirds hear "Cheep-peep party! Sing and tweet with flair" and so on!

Soon the whole world is partying in strange and wacky ways and Blobfish is still sad and alone at the bottom of the sea. will Blobfish get his lights, friends and delicious treats?

Why I Like This Book: Blobfish is a unique and interesting character. Children will definitely feel for him, all alone on the bottom of the sea. And despite his circumstances, Blobfish comes out of his comfort zone and attempts to solve his problem in a way that makes a ripple pass around the world and solve his problem in a fun and wacky way. 

For MORE about Miranda Paul and her books, click here:
http://mirandapaul.com/

For MORE about Maggie Caton and her books, click here:
mcaton.com


Friday, August 11, 2017

PPBF: Are We Pears Yet? By Miranda Paul (Pictures by Carin Berger)


TitleAre We Pears Yet?
Written By:  Miranda Paul
Pictures By: Carin Berger
Published By: Roaring Brook Press, 2017

Imprint: Neal Porter Books 

Genre: Fiction (STEM) 
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: Science (Growth Cycle) 

Opening:  
Are we pears yet?

No. We are seeds.




Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: Join two young seeds who just can't wait to grow up and become pears in this clever and hilarious informational picture book that will make you look at growth cycles and fruit trees in a whole new way. 
Why I Like This Book: Filled with puns, this is a fun and simple (yet entertaining) way to convey the science of the growth cycle of a fruit tree to little ones. I really enjoyed the clever and theatrical way of teaching a concept in a clear and understandable way. 
For MORE about Miranda Paul and her books, click here:
http://mirandapaul.com/

For MORE about Carin Berger and her books, click here:
http://www.carinberger.com/


For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Friday, July 28, 2017

[PPBF] Mind Boggling Number by Michael J. Rosen (Art by Julia Patton)


TitleMind Boggling Numbers
Written By:  Michael J. Rosen
Illustrated By: Julia Patton
Published By: Millbrook Press/Lerner, 2016

Genre: Fiction 
Suitable For Ages: 7-11

Themes/Topics: Math Problems/Solving
Opening:  
Dear Ms. Mary Math, 
If I want a piggy bank that can hold a million pennies, how big does it need to be? 
- Super Saver, Sandusky, OH
Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: If you could hike to the moon, how long would it take? Just how many glasses of lemonade would you need to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool? If everyone on Earth owned exactly the same amount of land, how big would your yard be? And how much time would you spend mowing the lawn? Learn the math behind these questions in a hilarious romp through weight, volume, distance and more. The 12 zany scenarios add up to a ton of fun. 

Why I Like This Book: If you're trying to interest kids in math, this book is a big plus! Active and engaging, this book will inspire children to wonder about the "math" of things. I am personally not a big math fan, however, this book and it's equations were unbelievably interesting, AND fun! I don't know which was more interest, the art or the text, so I'll call it even
For MORE about Michael J. Rosen and his books, click here:
http://www.fidosopher.com/Greetings.html

For MORE about Julia Patton and her books, click here:
http://www.juliapatton.co.uk/

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Monday, July 24, 2017

[Board Book] A Review of Birthday Counting by Barbara Barbieri McGrath (Art by Peggy Tagel)

Titlez:Birthday Counting

Written By:
  Barbara Barbieri McGrath
Illustrated By: Peggy Tagel
Published By: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2017
Genre: Concept Book / Counting 
Suitable For Ages: 2-4
 Themes/Topics: Counting / Birthdays


Opening:  Welcome to the birthday party! Six colorful balloons help decorate the room. 

Why I Like This Book: In yet another sturdy, quality concept from Charlesbridge with bright colors and engaging art, a child gets to count down from 6 and enjoy a birthday celebration. Just another wonderful board book in their "First Celebrations" collection. These book make perfect shower gifts and/or Grandma visit gifts, or just because I love you gifts for any little one! 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

PPBF: Little Red Rolls Away by Linda Whalen (Art by Jennifer E. Morris)

TitleLittle Red Rolls Away
Written By:  Linda Whalen
Illustrated By: Jennifer E. Morris
Published By: Sleeping Bear Press, 2017

Genre: Fiction 
Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: Change / Uncertainty / Fear / Loss  
Opening:  
The little red barn creaked awake. 

He listened for Rooster's crow, 

Piglet's squeal, and Bossy Cow's moo. 
Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: When Little Red Barn wakes one morning, he finds hi animal friends have gone. He's empty and alone. And then big noisy machines lift him up and put him on a truck. As Little Red is transported across the countryside, down a major river, and through city streets, he feels anxious and a little afraid Where is he going? who will be there when he reaches his destination? When Little Red does finally reach his home in a surprising location, he finds things are even better than before. The story of the little barn's relocation and adjustment to a new place will reassure and comfort young readers facing changes in their own lives. 
Why I Like This Book: From the beginning, little listeners and readers will be hooked by the mystery of where Little Red's friends have gone and will gladly follow sweet Little Red along on his journey. In addition to being an adventurous book with a satisfying ending (and wonderful art), Little Red offers a good example of how to cope and be open to change. I enjoyed this book on many levels and kids will too! 




For MORE about Linda Whalen and her books, click here:
http://www.lindaslines.com/

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Friday, July 21, 2017

[PPBF] A CAT IS BETTER by Linda Joy Singleton (Art by Jorge Martin)

 Title: A Cat is Better
Written By:  Linda Joy Singleton
Illustrated By: Jorge Martin
Published By: Little Bee Books / Bonnier, 2017
Genre: Fiction 
Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: Cat and Dogs / Comparisons
Opening:  
Congratulations! 

I'm your new cat. 

I'm the perfect pet for you.

You may take me home now.  
Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: What makes cats better than dogs? Is it how gracefully they leap through air? How much smarter they are than dogs? How much more musical and cleaner they are? Or is it how good they are at making you think they're all these things? Find out why cats are the purrfect pets in this fantastically funny picture book. 
Why I Like This Book: First and foremost because who doesn't like a cat with attitude? Through humorous delivery, this confident cat highlights all the best reasons to own a cat, and when he runs out of comparisons, comes to a surprising result. This well-written picture book has re-readability and cute, but funny illustrations that help drive cat's points home. 

For more about Linda Joy Singleton and her books, visit:
http://www.lindajoysingleton.com/
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BOARD BOOK REVIEW: Baby's First Book of Birds & Colors by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes


Title: Baby's First Book of Birds & Colors
Written and Illustrated By:  Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Published By: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2017
Genre: Concept Book / Counting 
Suitable For Ages: 2-4
 Themes/Topics: Counting / Birds


Opening:  Red (scarlet tanager - Male) 

Why I Like This Book: The quality concept book is absolutely stunning and the art engaging. With its color words AND bird words it actually appeals to a wide variety of ages and let's be honest, even adults who are interested in birds and plants. I actually leafed through it again to count how many of the birds I have come across in my life. A wonderful, colorful and sturdy first book of birds for baby (and parent). 

Monday, July 17, 2017

[Board Book] PARADE COLORS by Barbara Barbieri McGrath (Art by Peggy Tagel)

TitleParade Colors
Written By:  Barbara Barbieri McGrath

Illustrated By: Peggy Tagel
Published By: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2017
Genre: Concept Book / Colors
Suitable For Ages: 2-4
Themes/Topics: Colors / Celebration / Patriotism 



Opening:  
The parade has begun!

Here comes the big red fire engine. 


Synopsis/Blurb (From the Publisher): Prepare your baby to celebrate their first patriotic holiday with all that a parade entails. Readers will encounter things from a marching band to Uncle Sam and everything in between with this vibrant and colorful board book!
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Why I Like This Book: The quality concept book will appeal to little patriots who love vibrant colors and fun nouns. Parents will love that it encourages focus and provides a conversation started at the end. A great gift to introduce little ones to a parade! 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

BOARD BOOK REVIEW: The Very Berry Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta (Art by Joy Newton)

TitleThe Very Berry Counting Book
Written By:  Jerry Pallotta
Illustrated By: Joy Newton
Published By: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2017
Genre: Concept Book / Counting
Suitable For Ages: 2-4
Themes/Topics: Counting / Fruit / Fruity Adjectives


Opening:  
1 one yummy raspberry


Why I Like This Book: The quality concept book will appeal to the very berry sweetest of little ones who love to count and eat fruit. As they listen or read, and listen or read again, they'll learn fun words to describe the things that they eat. It makes a great addition to a summer activity basket to keep little ones busy! 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

PPBF: Maddie the Mitzvah Clown by Karen Rostoker-Gruber (Art by Christine Grove)

TitleMaddie the Mitvah Clown
Written By:  Karen Rostoker-Gruber
Illustrated By: Christine Grove
Published By: Apples & Honey Press, 2016
                           A division of Berman House and
                           Gefen Publishing House

Genre: Fiction 
Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: Overcoming Shyness / Commandments (Judaism) 
Opening:  
Maddie was shy. So shy, that she felt she couldn't ask the waiter for extra cheese at her favorite restaurant.  

So shy, that she couldn't raise her hand at school, even if she knew the answer. 

And when she went to visit Grandma at the senior home, she couldn't talk to Grandma's friends. 
Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: Shy Maddie discovers that with the right costume and training from Giggles the Clown, she can make Grandma and her friends at the nursing home laugh. 
Why I Like This Book: I absolutely love both the story and art portrayed in this book and recommend it highly for children of any religion. Maddie has a universal problem and finds an absolutely clever and inspiring way to over come her character flaw. She is a believable and engaging character who many children will be able to identify with. While this satisfying and brightly-illustrated story nods to the Jewish faith in that Maddie does a mitzvah (good deed done as a religious duty), the plot boils down to a child wanting to overcome her shyness and make her Grandmother and friends laugh. 




It is no surprise to me that PJ Library has recently commissioned 20,000 of this wonderful book to be shared with Jewish families across the U.S. It's an absolutely wonderful book and everyone should take the time to read it, Jewish or not! 

For MORE about Karen Rostoker-Gruber and her books, click here:
http://www.karenrostoker-gruber.com/about/

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Monday, May 8, 2017

PPBF: Mabel and the Queen of Dreams by Henry, Joshua and Harrison Herz with Illustrations by Lisa Woods


TitleMabel and the Queen of Dreams 
Written By:  Henry, Joshua and Harrison Herz
Illustrated ByLisa Woods
Published By: Schiffer Publishing, 2016
Genre: Fiction 
Suitable For Ages: 2-6

Themes/Topics: Bedtime / Dreams / Fairy Tales
Opening:  
Mabel was an expert at not going to sleep. 
"I'm thirsty."
"I am not tired." 
"I have to pee."
"I'm too tangled to sleep."
"Will you tell me a story?" That always worked. 
Brief SynopsisFrom the publisher: Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bed-time avoiding excuses....Luckily, Mom's quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children's dreams and can visit only when their eyes are closed. The story is inspired by Mercutio's soliloquy in Romeo and Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people's dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot. The soothing story evokes images of an ant worm in a gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents coax their kids to sleep.
Why I Like This Book: Many, many reasons, including everything mentioned above, especially the Romeo and Juliet reference! I truly liked that a timeless, universal problem has been portrayed in an new and interesting way and nodded toward classic literature. Notably, the thread was seamlessly woven into a modern bedtime story. I truly appreciated the effective set-up, structure and resolution of this lyrical picture book. The illustrations were well-matched and engaging. Well done! 
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.