Category Archives: Picture Books

Review: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013. Currently available. Age level & genre: Picture book fiction with a fantastical twist Face Value: The wacky illustrations hint at the slightly off-kilter world created … Continue reading

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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: Phoebe & Digger by Tricia Springstubb. Illustrated by Jeff Newman.

Phoebe & Digger by Tricia Springstubb. Illustrated by Jeff Newman. Candlewick Press, 2013 Currently available. Genre: Picture Book Fiction Face Value: This cover is striking. Phoebe is exuberant about her beloved toy, and the joy that radiates from her face … 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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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: Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Y. Stemple. Illustrated by Anne-Sophia Lanquetin. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010. Currently available. Genre: Picture book Face Value: This cover is amazing. The girls are … Continue reading

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Review: Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee, Illustrated by Tony Fucile

Bink & Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Tony Fucile. Candlewick Press, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Picture book/easy reader. Face Value: Stunning. The eager faces! The mysterious crystal ball and hands creeping from the foreground! … Continue reading

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Review: Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke & Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer

Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke. Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer. Translated by Chantal Wright. Scholastic, 2007. Currently available. Genre: Picture book Face Value: Very appealing. I love Kerstin Meyer’s charming illustrations, and the image on the cover is captivating – a … Continue reading

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Review: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett & Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. Balzer + Bray, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Picture book Face Value: To die for. Jon Klassen’s illustrations throughout the book are worthy of framing, but the cover is especially dynamic. I love … Continue reading

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Review: My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry. Pictures by Mike Litwin. Jabberwocky, 2010. Currently available. Face Value: I wouldn’t have picked up this book if it didn’t have such an intriguing cover. It caught my eye from its perch on … Continue reading

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