Picture Book Reviews, Summer 2011

Now, for some of the best, new children’s picture books published this summer that your kids will love . . . 

Picture Book Reviews

Picture Book Reviews

Picture Book Reviews
Squish Rabbit
 by Katherine Battersby

No one notices smallish, quiet Squish Rabbit so he makes a pretend friend. Only pretend friends can’t do much. But, just when Squish Rabbit is so mad that he kicks an apple, he finds a friend.

Picture Book Reviews
Edwin Speaks Up
by April Stevens and Sophie Blackall

My kids think this picture book is absolutely hilarious! Which is true because Edwin, even though he’s a baby, is one smart kid who talks a lot. The problem is his family doesn’t understand what he’s saying. We can understand Edwin though, even when he says, “Fringle dee ROOFY plowck.” You’ll see . . .

Picture Book Reviews
Pumpkin Trouble
by Jan Thomas

We love Jan Thomas books and her newest, slapstick picture book about a Duck who gets stuck in a pumpkin doesn’t disappoint. Reminiscent of Elephant and Piggie humor, you’ll enjoy the communication problems between Pig, Mouse and Duck about pumpkins. It’s a great non-scary book for Halloween.

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Thankyouplease
by Pierre Winters and Barbara Ortelli

Six year old Nina wears her hair in braids, is often grumpy, and talks back to her mommy. One day, when Nina is outside calming down, she hears a voice calling to her from a hole in a tree. She peers in and discovers the Circus of Good Manners led by a Ringmaster named Thankyouplease. She watches as men performing on the beam turn somersaults and say “Good morning!” “Good afternoon!” and “Goodnight!” When Nina joins in, she must use the same polite words, too. Nina watches more performers, eats cotton candy, and learns more lessons in manners. When she returns home, Nina knows what to kind things say to her mommy and her dog, Hugo. We enjoy this clever picture book story of teaching children manners.

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Pig Kahuna
by Jennifer Sattler

Adorable Fergus and his little brother Dink love the beach and collecting treasures there – seaweed, pebbles, shark teeth?. But they don’t love the ocean; Fergus knows that the water contains lurking, murky ickiness. . . One day the brothers find a surfboard which they decorate and name Dave. Dink realizes that Dave might want to return to his watery home. What will happen when Fergus sees Dave drifting away? Will he get in the water?

Picture Book Reviews
The Art Collector
by Jan Wahl

Oscar isn’t an artist but he is an art appreciator. Starting with the red crayon chicken drawn for him by his great-granny, Oscar frames and collects art he loves. The book describes the different paintings, how they seem different to him some days, that he says good-night to them, and how it grows so big that a museum had to be built to hold it. JJ loves this book.

Picture Book Reviews
Hooray For Amanda & Her Alligator
by Mo Willems

George and Martha books are some of our favorite books so when I read Hooray For Amanda and Her Alligator, I felt like I was reading an homage to George and Martha but with a girl named Amanda and her stuffed alligator. Told in 6 1/2 vignettes, the stories are all about surprises – a surprising surprise, an un-surprising surprise, a surprising tickle, a surprising value, a surprising . . . you get the idea. Both funny and poignant, this new series of Willems is an essential book for your collection. Listen in when Alligator discovers his price tag was only 7 cents.

“Seven cents!” gasped Alligator.
“Why am I only worth seven cents!?”

Amanda did not say anything.
“Tell the truth!” said Alligator.

. . .

Amanda told her alligator. “No one wanted
to buy you because they knew you were
meant to be  my best friend.

The owner of my favorite bookstore, The Bookies, said to me about Willems the other day. “Do you realize who we’re dealing with? This is the next Dr. Seuss!”

I agree. Do you?

Two Amazingly Illustrated Fairy Tales:

Twelve Dancing Princesses retold and illustrated by Brigette Barrager

and

Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb

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  • http://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com Kerry Aradhya

    What a great list of books! I love what the bookseller said about Mo Willems, too. I think I agree!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Kerry.

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  • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

    Anyone else want a gnome after looking at this photo? Tacky lawn art is just what I’m missing!!

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  • http://www.gatheringbooks.org Myra from GatheringBooks

    I have to agree with Kerry that this appears like an awesome collection of books. We are having a fractured fairy tale theme over at GatheringBooks and your fairy tale titles look particularly interesting. Thanks for sharing all this!

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  • http://smarttoysforsmartkids.com Bud Woodward

    What a delightful collection! I’ve read Pumpkin Trouble with my grandson and we both thought it was hilarious. Reminds me of some of the Aesop’s fables I’ve read. But I keep looking for really good quality pop-up books. I know there are plenty available, but they don’t seem to measure up to the quality I remember. Maybe I’m just looking at them with an older and more jaded eye.