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New Picture Books Galore – January & February 2012

Here is a list of some picture books I am excited about that were released in the month of January and February! I will try to come out with this list on a monthly basis; since this is the first, both months are squished into one.

Plant A Kiss
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Little Miss planted a kiss . . . One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey about life, kindness, and giving.

Maudie & Bear
by Jan Ormerod: Bear’s world revolves around Maudie. Maudie’s world also revolves around Maudie. This book is delightful!

One Cool Friend
by Tony Buzzeo: On a momentous visit to the aquarium, Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. It’s just proper enough for a straight-laced boy like him. And when he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad probably thought he meant a stuffed penguin and not a real one . . . With illustrations from David Small, this picture book is utterly cool-dorable (Cool + Adorable).

Zoo Girl
by Rebecca Elliot: Zoo girl has no family. In the children’s home, she feels lost and alone. On a trip to the zoo, she is accidentally left behind. But the animals love her—and when she’s discovered snuggled in a cage with the tigers by the zoo keepers and brought back to the orphanage, she doesn’t want to go. Thankfully, the keepers know when they first see her that they have found a daughter at last, and return shortly with adoption papers to take her home with them. Zoo girl has found her family at last!

Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett: This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn. But it turns out it isn’t. Illustrated by Jon Klassen, this picture book is truly lovely. A town turns from drab to colorful with knitted sweaters.

Another Brother
by Matthew Cordell: Life for Davy was glorious as long as he had his mother and father to himself. But then he got a brother, Petey. When Davy sang, Petey cried. When Davy created a masterpiece, Petey spat up on it. And then he got another brother, Mike! And another, Stu! And another, Gil! Until he had TWELVE LITTLE BROTHERS! And that was only the beginning!


Gideon & Otto
by Olivier Dunrea: Meet Gideon, the newest addition to Olivier Dunrea’s gaggle of adorable goslings! Gideon likes to splash with the ducklings, hop with the frogs, play chase-the-piglets, and scamper all over the farmyard. But one thing busy Gideon does not want to do is take his nap, no matter how many times his mother asks . . . until he gets tired, of course.

Duck for a Day
by Meg McKinlay: Abby’s class has a duck named Max who waddles and quacks and makes your feet all warm when he sits on them. Even though Max is a duck with demands – from an ideal aquatic environment to fresh strawberries – Abby might get to take him home overnight, if she can make everything perfect. And Abby is sure she can do it. The problem is, weird Noah from next door wants to take Max home, too. Abby can hear him digging on his side of the fence, but she knows he’ll never get Max. A duck needs calm, and what can Noah do about his chaotic backyard and noisy sisters?

What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld: Did you know that James West invented the microphone in your cell phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? Or that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing untold people’s pain? These are just some of the black inventors and innovators scoring big points in this dynamic look at several unsung heroes who shared a desire to improve people’s lives. Offering profiles with fast facts on flaps and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins, here is a nod to the minds behind the gamma electric cell and the ice-cream scoop, improvements to traffic lights, open-heart surgery, and more – inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, better, and brighter.


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Silly Rabbit Kids Books are for Adults Too, You Know

I received this photo from the amazing Penguin Rep., Nicole.  It is very true.

Not Just For Kids

Don’t forget about the Giveaway Schmiveaway –  SIGNED copy of Oliver Jeffers’ book, The Way Back Home!!!

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Oliver Jeffers’ New Book, Stuck, & The Giveaway Schmiveaway

Have I mentioned that I love EVERYTHING JEFFERS!!  Well, I do.  Recently, Non and I got the chance to meet Oliver Jeffers at the SCIBA Author Feast and Trade Show in Long Beach, California.  It was fantastic! Jeffers spoke and presented a slide show about his life that was perfectly him and hilarious.  It read like one of his picture books and the audience was enthralled.  Afterward, Oliver Jeffers was kind enough to sign my iPhone case which has an image from another one of his books, Lost and Found.

Me, Oliver Jeffers, Non

My signed iPhone Case

We also received his newest book, Stuck!

Stuck is amazing!  The book is about a boy named Floyd who gets his kite stuck in a tree.  Well, naturally, Floyd throws his shoe into the tree to knock down the kite, then his other shoe to knock down his shoe, then Mitch the cat gets tossed up in order to get the shoe down, and, in proper Jeffers humor, Floyd fetches a ladder which he chucks into the tree to get Mitch out.  The result is, as you would imagine, a whole lot of stuff stuck in a tree.

My new Giveaway Schmiveaway is a SIGNED copy of Oliver Jeffers’ book, The Way Back Home!!!  It is a great book about two unlikely allies trying to find their way home.

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All Jeffers Books:

Age Group: Embryo and up
Genre: Picture Book, Friendship, Home
Themes: Family, Friendship
Publisher: Philomel Books, Division of Penguin Young Readers Group


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Just Plain Cute!

(Oliver) by Christopher Franceschelli is just plain C-U-T-E!  This incredibly simple board book about an egg made me force all of my co-workers to read it.  I “awwed” every time they or myself got to the end.  There are less than 50 words in the entire book and yet each word is just perfect.  You really should pick this up just to find out what is so dang cute.  I insist.

Age Group: 1 and up
Genre: Picture Book
Themes: Eggs, Miracles, Cuteness

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The Super Awesome Illustrator Series: Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett is another one of my favorite illustrators and she’s a great author to boot!  With many books under her illustrator/author belt, Emily has created endearing and inventive stories like, Orange Pear Apple Bear, Spells, The Rabbit Problem and many more.

In Gravett’s newest book, Blue Chameleon, an endearing and lonely chameleon searches for a friend.  Finding the right friend can be hard, especially for a chameleon.  The chameleon goes through all kinds of colors and shapes, saying “howdy” to different objects and animals, hoping to find a friend.  This book does a great job at introducing colors and animal/objects.

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iPhone + Oliver Jeffers = Love

Me and my iPhone - Buddies for life!

I have finally been accepted into the iPhone club (a not so elite group of giddy iPhone owners)!  For my birthday last month my loving family and husband all chipped in to get me the iPhone 4 for Verizon.  I am very excited to have this little piece of electronic heaven.  Not just because the iPhone is amazing, but also because I ordered/made a most amazing case for it through Cafe Press.  It features one of my favorite illustrated books, Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.  Check out this previous blog review, Everything Jeffers.  If you are an iPhone user then check out Cafe Press and make your own iPhone case.  I love, love, love mine.

Note:  If you do order a case like this then I recommend using a black magic marker around the edges of the camera lens hole (of the case, not the phone!).  Do this before putting the phone into the case so you don’t accidentally marker on the phone.  This will make your pictures look lovely instead of washed out from the reflected flash.

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Picture Books Galore

I don’t think Janet A. Holmes and Jonathan Bentley could have written a more touching story.  Have You Seen Duck? tells the tale of a small boy and his soft, woolly, yellow, raggedy duck.  He does everything with Duck and he reiterates that Duck needs him, but when Duck goes missing the boy realizes he needs Duck just as much.  The illustrations are adorable all the way down to the little boy’s toes.

Ten Birds by Cybele Young is a stunning counting picture book.  Through exquisite pen-and-ink drawings Cybele tells the tale of ten birds crossing a bridge.  Each bird has a clever name like, “Quite Advanced” or “Needs Improvement” which seems to define their personal ingenuity.  However, not every name lives up to its bird.  Sometimes the simplest method will work just fine.

For an inventive ABC book try For the Love of Dogs: An A-to-Z Primer for Dog Lovers of All Ages written by Allison Weiss Entrekin and illustrated by Mark Anderson.  This book is utterly adorable!  The illustrations of dogs captures each breed and their personality perfectly.  Not to mention, each page is filled with helpful information and facts about dogs and breeds.  This is a must have for dog lovers!

Look A Book!: A Zaney Seek-and-find Adventure by Bob Staake is quite frankly ZANEY!  With pages full of cartoonish drawings and crazy happenings, the book kept me entertained throughout.  Staake uses a clever tactic of cut outs and holes throughout the book in order to teach young readers and listeners the joy of rhyming words and finding pictures.  And who doesn’t like stories that include planes, dinosaurs, elephants, and robots – just to name a few.

Note: While I am now 30 I still appreciate the quirkiness and intrigue of being 5, 8, and 12 – basically I am a giant kid and insist on never growing up or out of books.

Age Group: 2 and up
Genre: Picture Book
Themes: Seek and Find, Counting, Dogs, Relationships


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