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A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Hippy-Hoppy Toad.jpgA Hippy-Hoppy Toad (Schwartz & Wade, 2018) by Peggy Archer and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf is a delightful picture book that makes me smile.

Toad is on a teeter-totter twig in the middle of the road, when SNAP he goes flying and lands in a tree. Along his journey he meets a bird, a bee, a cricket, a dog, a lizard, the wind, and a shoe, then ends up back where he started.

The rhyme and rhythm work well. That and the alliteration make for a great read-aloud.

The illustrations are so much fun. I love the toad's expressions and the leaves are beautiful. Watch for the additional creatures only in the images.

The book won the 2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Author Peggy Archer writes picture books and board books. Read about her here. Take note of her poetry journey. You can follow Peggy on Twitter here.

Illustrator Anne Wilsdorf has illustrated many books in both English and French. See all her books here. Anne lives in Switzerland.

Business Pig

Perfect Picture Book Friday

BusinessPig.jpgBusiness Pig (Sterling Children's Books, 2018) by Andrea Zuill is a darling book.

Everyone notices their something different about Jasper when he is born. Not only doesn't he fit in with the rest of the pigs, he continues on a different path. Therefore, when Jasper wants to be adopted he goes about it in a unique way.

I love the humor in the artwork that adds to the humorous text. The book has something for both kids and adults to enjoy.

This is author/illlustrator Andrea Zuill's fourth book.

Sweety.jpgHer newest book, Sweety, about a naked mole rat, comes out from Schwartz & Wade this month.

Read about Andrea here or follow her on Twitter here.

No More Noisy Nights

Perfect Picture Book Friday

NoMoreNoisyNights.jpgNo More Noisy Nights (Flashlight Press, 2017) by Holly L. Niner and illustrated by Guy Wolek is a fun book I think both kids and adults will enjoy.

Jackson has just moved into his new house and settled down to sleep when he discovers he has a noisy neighbor. He comes up with a creative idea to keep his neighbor quiet so he can sleep. But then he learns he has another noisy neighbor. He solves that problem. The third night it happens again. Finally, Jackson can sleep peacefully.

You can hear the book read aloud on the author's site here plus see Holly's other books.

Awards for this book include: Mom's Choice Award Gold Winner; Mississippi Magnolia Children's Choice Award PreK-2 List, 2019; and Scholastic Book Club Selection.

See a variety of the illustrator's work here and read about Guy here.

Hammer and Nails

Perfect Picture Book Friday

HammerandNails.jpgHammer and Nails (Flashlight Press, 2016) by Josh Bledsoe and illustrated by Jessica Warrick is a darling picture book. It's especially perfect for Daddy's with girls to read to their daughters.

Darcy has plans to play with her best friend, but now the friend is sick so Darcy's day is ruined. Or so she thinks. Daddy suggests they have a Darcy-Daddy Day doing one thing from her list and one thing from his. She doesn't think he'll like what's on her list, but he asks her to give him a chance.

Like Darcy, I think you'll be smiling.

Click here to see some of the awards for this book.

The illustrations are cute, funny, and really add to the story. You can check out illustrator Jessica Warrick's books here and her illustrations here.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find an author website.

Mouseling's Words

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Mouseling.pngMouseling's Words (Clarion Books, 2017) by Shutta Crum and illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke is a darling picture book. It's a fresh look at an oft told story of mouse versus cat, but it's much more than that. It's also about leaving home, and the love of words.

Mouseling's family has a collection of words in their nests. Aunt Tillie brings them home from the Swashbuckler Restaurant. Mouseling's siblings have left home and his parents tell him it's time for him to leave, but he doesn't want to. He thinks he's too little. He can't leave his words. But when Aunt Tillie tells him there are more words out in the world, Mouseling determines to go.

I loved where Mouseling ends up.

See all of author Shutta Crum's books here and read about her here.

Illustrator Ryan O'Rourke's (no, not the baseball player) shows his books here and his bio is here.

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

Business Pig

No More Noisy Nights

Hammer and Nails

Mouseling's Words

Wordy Birdy

You Must Bring a Hat!

A Unicorn Named Sparkle

Button and Bundle Cover Release

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

we don't eat our CLASSMATES

Be Quiet!


The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse

Bernice Gets Carried Away

Grandma's Purse

Dad and the Dinosaur

What Goes Up - a picture book

Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep

Bob and Joss Get Lost!

Night Animals

Leave Me Alone!

Wolfie the Bunny

The Water Princess

Who Wants a Tortoise?

Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3

Pug Meets Pig

Normal Norman

Mother Bruce

Let Me Finish!

Snoring Beauty

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Mr. Pusskins: a Love Story


On My Way to Buy Eggs

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Deliciously Funny - Monsters Eat Whiny Children

Hilariously Creepy - Creepy Carrots

Moving Story - The Stamp Collector

Cute Grandma Story - Silly Frilly Grandma Tilly

All that jazz - The Little Piano Girl

Sweet Sibling Rivalry - Flora's Very Windy Day

Twist, twist, twist - Carmine, A Little More Red

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