Wild Picture Books, Summer 2015
Milo is Not a Dog Today by Kerstin Schoene and Nina Gunetsreiner
Milo is a dog with a BIG imagination. He loves to pretend he’s other animals — a rooster, a sheep, a ladybug. But will he ever find a friend who has an imagination as big as his? I loved the ending and the hope that we can find people like us, even just one person. (Or dog.)
The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory, illustrated by Mark Cleary
The giraffes are ready to take a group photo but the littlest giraffe doesn’t make it into the frame. After trying and trying to make him taller, an even better solution is found! Love the creative problem-solving.
I Will Fight Monsters for You by Santi Balmes, illustrates by Lyona
This clever parallel story of a young girl (and a young monster) who are both frightened to sleep because of the upside down world of monsters (and humans) beneath (above) their beds. Luckily, dads will fight monsters for their kids and they give good advice: “the size of the monsters depends on how scared you are. If you feel very brave, the monster will shrink and run away” and “fear is elastic, like bubble gum. As you grow braver, fear shrinks smaller and smaller until it disappears.” Creative, reassuring, and heart-warming!
Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets by Charlotte Voake
The Big Princess by Taro Miura
In an oversized book about a king and queen who are given a tiny princess to love, we see their unconditional love for the fast growing princess who is under a spell. Gorgeous graphic illustrations!
The Cow Tripped Over the Moon A Nursery Rhyme Emergency by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Joel Stewart
The cow fell, the Rock-a-Bye Baby did, too. Someone fell off a wall and a weasel goes pop. The Nursery Rhyme ambulance helps them all in this clever rhyming story.
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson
William and the Missing Masterpiece by Helen Hancocks
The Rechargeables: Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath, illustrated by Carlos Aon
The Elephantom by Ross Collins
Flip Flap Safari by Alex Sheffter
I Yam a Donkey! by Cece Bell
This silly but frustrating conversation between an intelligent yam and a not-so-smart donkey will most likely make you laugh, especially if you’re a grammar kind of person.
Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Small
Cat owners know that living the high-life is precisely what cats aspire to do. And lucky for Glamourpuss, she’s lavished with everything she needs to be . . . glamorous. That is until Bluebell the dog arrives with a visiting relative. I love the vivid illustrations and true-to-life dreams of a diva cat — who transforms the dog into a glamorous dog!
Double Happiness by Nancy Tupper Ling, illustrated by Alina Chau
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom by Ursula Jones, illustrated by Sarah Gibb
This is a wonderful newly created fairy tale about a determined, beautiful, and intelligent princess who, despite having no kingdom, makes her life excellent. And I adore, adore, adore Sarah Gibb’s art! Her illustrations are truly amazing.
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
LOVE! Itzy combines all the spider stories / songs into one funny story about Itzy going to kindergarten. First he chases a fly and accidentally scares a little girl on a tuffet only to get swallowed by an old lady (who also swallowed a lot of other crazy things!) When he’s coughed back up, he tries to build a web. As he does, it starts raining and he struggles to keep going up the yes, you guessed it, the waterspout.
I’m Brave by Kate & Jim McMullan
Firefighter fans are going to love to read about the life of a brave (and good looking’) fire engine driving through smoke and heat to a blazing fire. Filled with lots of delightful sound effects: CLANG, HONK, WHOOSSSSSH and EEEEEEOWOOOO for young children. Added to: The Best Picture Books for Age 2.
Send for a Superhero! by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Katharine McEwen
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to School by Davida Cali, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud
Want your kids to learn about hyperbole? Then this is the book for you! You see, this little boy is late for school because . . . well, it’s one thing after another but let’s just say evil ninjas, an elephant parade, and a boy playing a magic pipe ALL thwarted him being on time. Very funny!