We Are Alive: Also, Even More Picture Books

Life happened. THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME was released. Things went kablooey in my head. We got busy. Well, we’re still really busy but I don’t want to let this blog die so here I am. With a stack of picture books that were sent to me and that I really want to talk about because they are so lovely.

Georgia’s Terrific, Colorific Experiment by Zoe Persico

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Running Press Kids

(The cover in the featured image)

Zoe Persico’s authorial debut is an amazing explosion of colour. Georgia’s entire family are artists but Georgia is much more scientifically inclined. She is dismissive of her family’s offer to help her get inspired but in the end finds that science is an art too. The sweet story is accompanied by the most glorious art. Persico has illustrated other picture books, one of which I have had the pleasure of reading. Her art is bright and welcoming.

The prose is a wee bit demanding and grown up help might be required to make sense of the story. All in all, the picture book is very much recommended to parents and readers.

Is that Your Dad? Illustrated by Carles Ballesteros

Board Book, 18 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams

This board book is a fave with my nephew simply because of how the illustrations change expressions when the page is turned. The prose itself is sweet and simple (a frog’s search for his dad). Suitable for toddlers and kids getting used to books. Gnaw-proof.

Kindness Rules! by Eunice Moyle and Sabrina Moyle

Board Book, 24 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams

This is a good tool to teach kids manners. It had a somewhat mixed effect with my niece and nephew however. They were simply too distracted by the amount of text on each page to pay attention to the primary text. I feel like this book is something an adult will read to a child and talk about each page as they go through the book. The cheerful colours and bright typography definitely help.

Dandy by Ame Dyckman and illustrations by Charles Santoso

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

I adored this one. The art and the prose work in concert to create a story that is cheerful, uplifting, and will speak to both little girls and their dads. The lion dad discovers a dandelion in his yard. Being very concerned about it, he is immediately going to annihilate it. However, his little daughter adopts it as a friend. Throughout the book, the dad tries various ways (encouraged by the entire neighborhood) to get rid of the dandelion but his sweetie is always there protecting it. A sweet tale, it’s going to make both you and your child laugh. Recommended.

Being Edie is Hard Today by Ben Barshares and Elizabeth Bergeland

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The line is beautiful in this one. I also liked the whimsical placement of emoticons over each character that gave insight to the way they were feeling inside. Edie is having a terrible day and she doesn’t want to go to school but her mother is not having it. So off she goes and the reader sees her go through what really does seem like a miserable day.

I loved the quaint way this is told. Sort of like fusing two mediums together to tell a story. While this does rely on the prose, at many times the art steps in to lift the bulk of the narrative. I feel like this will appeal to older kids more so than younger ones but I can be totally wrong. Recommended.