By Emma Otheguy, Illustrated by Ana Ramirez González
Gabo wants to go out to play in the snow but doesn’t have the right hat or shoes and has no sled. He’s also too shy to ask the other children to share.
MY FAVORITE PART:
The plastic bags! Before I even knew what the story was going to be about I noticed the plastic bags on the cover. As a child, sometimes we’d use plastic bags as well. We typically put the plastic bags inside our old boots that were no longer water proof, but it was the same concept; keeping our feet dry.
MY FAVORITE PAGE:
The first spread. For a winter story about snow, you don’t expect to open up a book and be flooded with colors. All the little details inside the kitchen were so fun to explore.
SHELF, RENEW, OR GIFT?
Absolutely a great gift for any shy children in your life. Any snow lover as well. The whole process of waking up to snow, getting ready, having fun, and returning to warm up and having a special treat never gets old.
a Picture Book By Cathy Camper Illustrated b Kenard Pak (published 2020)
First, let me just note that it’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed a picture book. I read so many, it gets tricky deciding which to review and why. So I’ve come up with a new format and will review if/when I feel like it. I stopped looking for rhyme or reason to which I select for review. My latest haul had loads of winter themed stories so there may be several of those to come. But today we’ll start with this one for no particular reason at all.
Continue reading “Ten Ways To Hear Snow”
Lina takes a trip across the city to see her grandmother on a quiet snowy day.
by Andrea Zuill
Humor – Picture Book
Homer the dog gets an invitation to go to Wolf Camp for a week and he absolutely MUST go!
Why I Picked This Book:
I was watching Julie Hedlund‘s mini-lessons that she was offering to 12×12 members. (I highly recommend all of her lessons if you’re new to writing picture books.) She talked about this book briefly while teaching, and I quickly wrote it down knowing it was one I had to own.
What Was Disappointing:
Absolutely nothing. Which is saying a lot since my expectations were pretty high.
Why I Kept Reading:
Ok so maybe this format I use for book reviews doesn’t really fit for Picture Books. But there are picture books that although I finish, it’s only because I know the end is near, not necessarily because I’m intrigued and need to find out what happens. With this book, I was simply enjoying every page, every page turn, every image, and every word.
This book is certainly a great example of humourous Picture Books, but even more. It has fantastic scene changes, great page turns, and super fun illustrations. The reason Julie used it as an example was to discuss character changes and arcs. The goal of wanting to be a wolf and how he feels about being a wolf at the end are just fantastic.
As a dog trainer and groomer some dog stories make me cringe. I don’t see the humor in most dog books because I tend to take things too seriously. I see issues with some dog behavior and worry owners will think it’s acceptable or even cute. I know picture books are harmless but being submerged in dog behavior and how they learn, I cannot help how I feel. This book however is perfection. I won’t dive into my theories of dogs being dogs or the methodology of the team I work with, but I will say this book could almost be an advertisement for one of our programs: Farm Dog. So kudos to Andrea Zuill for making me laugh and smile and fall in love with this book. If I’ve reread it as many times as I have, kids will certainly enjoy this one over and over again.
I hope Pixie and Rex stay in touch with Homer.
By Sue Fliess
Mary is a scientist who is so busy inventing she forgets to make friends. She decides to create a pet for herself but when it becomes so popular and she creates more, things get out of hand.
Why I picked up this book.
On Twitter I had asked if any other writers had ever dreamt a story idea and if so did it work out writing it. Sue Fliess actually responded and said this story of hers was born from a dream. It’s her best selling book. I had heard of this book but hadn’t read it so it was clearly time. Continue reading “Mary Had a Little Lab”
by Jessica Love.
Julián is a Mermaid is, for me, a book about why I love picture books. It’s a book about the innocence and imagination of children. It’s a book about love. Julián sees something beautiful on his way home and feels the urge, the need, to be as beautiful and magical. I’d say more but in case one of the 4 people who read this post actually want to read this book one day, I wouldn’t want to give anything away. I promise you it’s gorgeous on so many levels. Continue reading “Julián Is a Mermaid”