Picture Books and Other Deliciousness: Reviews

The Extraordinary Gardener
by Sam Boughton

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Tate
Source: Publisher

This picturebook follows Joe who discovers seed and the amazing secrets and possibilities contained within each one. He grows one and then another and then more, sharing the results of his gardening with the people in the apartment building he calls home.

Colourful and warm pictures give this picturebook heart. The prose jumps, skips, and dances. My 5 year old niece read it once, twice, and now requests to read it every night before bed because “it makes [her] happy.”

Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian 
by Jacob Sager Weinstein (writer) and Vera Brosgol (art)

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Clarion Books
Source: Publisher

I adored this picturebook. Very much in line with the current trend of superheros, Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian follows the exploits of the titular character as she seeks to protect the books of the world from a dastardly villain using the power of…what else but books.

The book is fun and immersive; it should be a fave with young readers who have adventure quivering in their bones. The art is bright and lovely; it is by Vera Brosgol after all. This picturebook should make for fun storytimes.

by JiHyeon Lee

Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Chronicle Books

I adore JiHyeon Lee’s work and this one, in particular, has become a favourite of mine. As the title states, the wordless picturebook focuses on a door that opens up to an in-between place where doors from other worlds also exist. People, human and otherwise, gather in this place, share time, friendship, and laughter.

This is my interpretation but I believe children will have a ball writing their own stories based on the pictures. The book is an invitation for a child’s  imagination to soar as high and as far as it can. Strongly recommended.

The A-Z of Wonder Women
by Yvonne Lin

Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: December 4th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

THE A-Z OF WONDER WOMEN gives bite sized bios of women corresponding to the letter of their name. For example, O is for Oprah. This little volume makes for a great gift and offers kids a chance to get to know inspiring women (both alive and dead). The art is lovely and the prose accessible. This volume would serve as a springboard for a discussion on feminism and a deeper look at whichever woman is most inspiring for the young reader. Recommended.