Tag Archives: Picture Books

Review: Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes. Green Willow Books, 2013. Currently available.  Age Level & Genre: Picture book fiction. Face Value: It looks like every other Kevin Henkes book, which is to say that it looks very mild and … Continue reading

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Review: Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough, Illustrated by Debby Atwell

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough. Illustrated by Debby Atwell. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013. Currently available. Genre: Biographical picture book. Face Value: There’s a lot going on in this cover image. For me, there is one key element … Continue reading

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Use Your Gray Matter: Amelia Bedelia Does the Time Warp

When I was growing up, I was fond of Amelia Bedelia. As a kid with a predilection for language and words, I thought that a character who took everything literally was absolutely hysterical.  I remember Amelia Bedelia looking like this: … Continue reading

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Election Week Review: Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Hyperion Books for Children, 2008. Currently Available. Genre: Picture Book Face Value: LeUyen Pham is one of my favorite illustrators ever. I love the joyful, expressive way she draws … Continue reading

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Review: The Red Wolf by Margaret Shannon

The Red Wolf by Margaret Shannon Houghton Mifflin, 2002 (currently available) Genre: Fairy Tale, Picture Book Face Value: This is an extraordinary cover. It is a particularly extraordinary cover for a princess book targeted at 4-7 year olds. To illustrate … Continue reading

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Review: The Little Little Girl With the Big Big Voice by Kristen Balouch

The Little Little Girl With the Big Big Voice by Kristen Balouch. Little Simon, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Picture book Face Value: The bright colors caught my eye. And, of course, the little girl bellowing with all of her might. … Continue reading

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Fancy Nancy & the Male Gaze

This post inaugurates a new feature category here at Slatebreakers in which we critically analyze some aspect of kidlit or YA. We’re calling it “Use Your Gray Matter.” This category is named after a line of dialogue from one of … Continue reading

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