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Bob and Joss Get Lost!

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Bob&JossGetLost!.jpegBob and Joss Get Lost! (HarperCollins, 2017) by Peter McCleery and illustrated by Vin Vogel is another hilarious book where the reader gets to be smarter than the book characters.

Here's the opening:

"I'm bored," Bob said, "Let's do something."

"Let's take a boat trip," said Joss.

"We will get lost," said Bob.

We won't get lost," said Joss.

Famous last words! And fun twists as you go along on the journey with them.

This is Peter's debut picture book--I hope we see many more. Read more about Peter on his website where you'll get more tastes of his humor.

Vin Vogel is an author as well as an illustrator. His humor matches up with Peter's. Read more about Vin and his work, especially the Yeti books, here.


Night Animals

Perfect Picture Book Friday

nightanimals.jpgNight Animals (Viking, 2015) by Gianna Marino is a hilariously fun picture book. Possum is scared because it is night and something is out there. Then shunk is scared, and wolf, and bear. What are they scared of? Night Animals! Which bat tells them they are. Duh. This book is deceptively simple, but such a riot. And the ending has a nice surprise. I also love Gianna's drawings.

Gianna has eight picture books out with more to come--see all of them here. I need to do some more reading! In her bio, you'll see her nickname is Boomerang--read more here. And, she's a fine artist--see paintings here.


Leave Me Alone!

Perfect Picture Book Friday

LeaveMeAlone.jpegLeave Me Alone! (Roaring Brook Press, 2016) written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol is a fun picture book that goes from normal life to the fantastic and back again.

An old woman just wants to be left alone to do her knitting, but her grandchildren won't leave her and her yarn alone. So she goes to the forest. Then the bears won't leave her alone. So she goes to the mountainside where the goats won't leave her alone. At the top of the mountain she . . .

You'll have to read it yourself to find out what happens. I like the humor, the language, the illustrations. It makes me smile.

The book is Vera's debut picture book and a Caldecott Honor award winner, too. Learn more about Vera on her website where you can see more about her art and writing and even buy prints.


Wolfie the Bunny

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wolfiethebunny.jpegWolfie the Bunny (Little, Brown and Company, 2015) by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora is a funny twist on the new baby book. It makes me smile whenever I think of it.

When Dot's bunny family finds and abandoned wolf baby on the doorstep, young Dot warns, "HE'S GOING TO EAT US ALL UP!" But her parents don't believe her. Wolfie eats carrots, he sleeps, he drools, until one day . . .

You'll have to read the end of this New York Times bestselling book yourself. :-) Or you can listen to Ame read it here. (And see Zachariah as Wolfie!)

Read about Ame on her website where you can learn more about her and her other books.

Zachariah has 10 books out--two he illustrated by Ame, and four he wrote himself as well as illustrated--read about them here. On this page you can see lots of sample work in his portfolio.

The Water Princess

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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.


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

Nightsong

On My Way to Buy Eggs

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