The Girl and the Bicycle

Illustrator Mark Pett creates another beautiful wordless book in The Girl and the Bicycle. A young girl and her brother are walking down the street, when she spots a beautiful green bicycle in the store window.  She works and works and works to earn enough money to buy it, only to discover it's gone when... Continue Reading →

Scatterbrain Sam

Sam is rather scatterbrained.  The townsfolk say his brains are scattered all over the place. Finally, Sam grows tired of all the talking, and heads to the 'widder on the hill' for a solution. She starts cooking up a potion, and asks Sam to gather the ingredients.  He's reluctant to give up some of the... Continue Reading →

The Hueys in The New Sweater

The Hueys are all the same.  And there are quite a lot of them. They think the same, do the same things, and look the same.  No one is different. Until one Huey - Rupert by name - knits a sweater. Then all pandemonium breaks loose. The Hueys in The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers... Continue Reading →

Year of the Jungle

Children dealing with deployed parents can gain comfort from Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins (yes, the author of The Hunger Games). Collin's father was deployed to Viet Nam when she was six.  In this picture book, she remembers what life was like with her dad gone, and the questions she asked about his... Continue Reading →

Aviary Wonders Inc.

Author/illustrator Kate Samworth has hit on a novel idea in her Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual. This picture book reads like a catalog.  The premise is that birds are nearly extinct, so you can create your own bird by ordering parts from Aviary Wonders Inc. The pages are full of beautiful illustrations... Continue Reading →

Brother Hugo and the Bear

The interesting title encouraged me to pick this book off the library shelves. "It befell that on the first day of Lent, Brother Hugo could not return his library book.  'I shall have to inform the Abbot of this, Brother Hugo,' said the librarian." That wonderful first sentence granted Brother Hugo and the Bear by... Continue Reading →

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