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The Water Princess

Perfect Picture Book Friday

waterprincess.pngI love The Water Princess (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016) by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds so much. It's beautiful--it's sad. The book clearly shows how water, something we take for granted in our country, is not so accessible elsewhere. The book is based on the childhood experience of Georgie Badiel in Africa. This experience is not limited to Africa--I've seen it in Haiti, too. What a good story for kids everywhere to experience.

Listen to the opening words: "I am Princess Gie Gie. My Kingdom . . . the African sky, so wide and so close. I can almost touch the sharp edges of the stars."

You can see Susan's books here and read her bio here. Susan's next book My Kicks, illustrated by Katie Kath, comes out in April.

Peter's illustrations make you feel what Gie Gie is experiencing. You may recognize some of the titles where he is both author and illustrator: The Dot, Ish. He's illustrated a lot of books, which you can start seeing here. Meet Peter here.

Who Wants a Tortoise?

Perfect Picture Book Friday

whowants.jpegWho Wants a Tortoise? (Alfred A. Knofp, 2016) by Dave Keane and illustrated by K.G. Campbell is a fun twist on the pet picture book. The little girl wants a puppy, but she gets a tortoise instead. She had plans for a puppy. She had names for a puppy. Tortoises can't play fetch or give kisses. How can you have an adventure with them.

Dave Keane is an author/illustrator. You can read his bio here. It's fun that he and his family have a tortoise.

I love the extra in the endpapers that K.G. Campbell included as well as the expressions on this little girl. He's also an author/illustrator. You can see the variety of his illustration styles just by looking at his book covers.

Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3

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Mrs. McBee.jpgMrs. McBee Leaves Room 3 (Peachtree Publishers, 2017) by Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan and Illustrated by Grace Zong is coming out in April and you won't want to miss it. (I'm holding a borrowed ARC* in my hands.)

It's the end of the year and Mrs. McBee has just told her class she won't be returning after summer vacation. The kids are disappointed, but Mrs. McBee wisely prepares the students for their "time together to end." You'll enjoy bossy Jamaika, William who's "not helping," and all the teams preparing the room for the last day.

This sweet book is one teacher's and parents can use to help children with change and good-byes, but I think kids will enjoy the book simply for the enjoyable story of a fun classroom. And the illustrations are absolutely adorable!

Here's Gretchen's author spotlight on her publisher's site. In it, you can read why Gretchen wrote the book. Also visit her website where you can find out about other books Gretchen has coming and about all the school good-byes she's had to make.

See more of Grace's illustrations here. There's also a link to see her other books.

*Advanced Reader Copy

Pug Meets Pig

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Pug meets Pig.jpegPug Meets Pig (Beach Lane Books, 2016) by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Joyce Wan is one of those deceptively simple picture books that is so satisfying. (Don't you love the cover?)

Pug is happy with everything in his life until Pig comes along. Pig takes over Pug's food, bed, and yard, so Pug can't stay there. But when Pug escapes and Pig is unhappy, Pug has to help.

Cute story and text. Relatable for any child who has had to make room for a new someone.

This is author Sue Lowell Gallion's debut book. Pug & Pig Trick or Treat.jpegA sequel called Pug & Pig Trick or Treat comes out in late July. Sue was interviewed last month on Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog, Cynsations. You might also want to read Sue's post on the birth of a book.

Joyce Wan, who illustrated this book and the sequel, is an author/illustrator with 20 books to her credit. She also does greeting cards. Go to her site here for more information. You can also read about all the new books and a very personal special project that Joyce released last summer here.

Normal Norman

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normalnormancoverfinal.jpegNormal Norman (Sterling Children's Books, 2016) by Tara Lazar and illustrated by S.britt is a funny book.

A young Junior Scientist is going to narrate a book for the first time. Her assignment is to define the word Normal. She drafts an orangutan named Norman to be her example of Normal. But things don't work out as she has planned.

On her website about page, Tara says,
"Who's Tara?

Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring magical places that everyone will want to visit."

And, of course, you'll want to check out her other picture books and more stuff here.

She's also the founder of Picture Book Idea Month which this year became Storystorm.

I love the landing page of S.britt's website--it looks like a board game. From there you can read about him, see images from the books he's done, check out art he's done for magazines and newspapers, and . . . Oh, just go look yourself--it'll be fun.

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

Delightful book - Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen