Picture Books, Board Books and More!

Cat and Mouse by Britta Teckentrup


Board Book, 24 pages
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Prestel Junior
Source: Publisher

Cat & Mouse brings to delicious, interactive, life the chase between a cat and a mouse. The book is cleverly formatted with little holes in the pages to illustrate the mouse’s many venues of escape. The prose has a lot of life and movement, textually reflecting the movement of the two enemies. Kids will have a riot with this book. Recommended.


Have I Ever Told You by Shani King and Anna Horvath (illustrations)


Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Tilbury House Publishers
Source: Publisher

A sweet picture book that is an ode to a child written by a parent, reaffirming the child’s worth and infinite potential. Beautiful and soft, this would be ideal for bonding time between parents and children.


Sunny’s Tow Truck Saves the Day by Anne Marie Peace and illustrated by Christopher Lee


Hardcover, 24 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Abrams Appleseed
Source: Publisher

A family setting out for a picnic run into trouble and Sunny (and her tow truck) save them from the catastrophe. The book is lighthearted with bright pictures and bouncy prose. Kids will eat it up.


Circle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (illustrations)


Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Candlewick Press
Source: Publisher

I adore Jon Klassen’s illustrations. He has a distinct style so you can always tell if the work is his. I haven’t read the first two books in this picture book trilogy so I’m not sure if I missed anything but judging this book as a standalone, I felt a bit puzzled by the end. Obviously, kids might have a completely different reaction but we are all in hunt of a story and this book very clearly didn’t have one. The illustrations are beautiful though. Super immersive and kids are bound to make up their own stories.


Princess Puffybottom and…Darryl by Susin Nielsen and Olivia Chin Mueller (illustrations)


Hardcover, 36 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Tundra Books (NY)
Source: Publisher

What a delight! I am a sucker for cat stories especially with an introduction of a nemesis who ends up being not quite so bad. In Susin’s signature style, the prose is funny and dynamic. The art is beautiful and inclusive. What won me over was the f/f parental unit. Kids are going to chortle at Princess Puffybottom’s name and antics. This is a winner.


My Funny Bunny by Christine Roussey


Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

There’s something so emotionally resonant about this one. Everyone who reads this, whether or child or adult, will relate to that one moment where after ages spent anticipating something, the reality is…disappointing. The child protagonist throws the mother of all tantrums but eventually reconciles himself to what he received rather than what he wanted. I liked this one. It’s a bit more introspective than the other books I’ve reviewed today but in a good way.


Wake Up, Color Pup by Taia Morley


Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

This was a beautiful jaunt through a colour-filled landscape. The prose is simple but infused with a lot of movement. The picture book is perfect for younger readers and for those learning colours. I can see it becoming a bedtime favourite.


Rabbit’s Bad Habits (Rabbit & Bear #1) by Julian Gough and Jim Field


Hardcover, 112 pages
Published January 14th 2016 by Hodder Children’s Books
Source: Publisher

Neil Gaiman calls this a laugh out loud story and I have to concur. Rabbit is such a flawed character while Bear is a happy-go-lucky person. I would classify this as a chapter book rather than a picture book because it’s text (and length) is considerably more than the usual picture book. However, the audience remains the same.

The art is fun and the story is fun and the reading this book feels like taking a bite out of childhood–the fun bits of it. I recommend this title.

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos and Hildegarde Serle (Translator)

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos and Hildegarde Serle (Translator)

Hardcover, 468 pages Published September 25th 2018 by Europa Editions Source: Editor Disclaimer: It is 2:15 a.m. and I am only partially responsible for the following. The majority of the responsibility goes to the night. So, this is the back copy of A Winter’s Promise:   Where once there was unity, vastly different worlds now exist. Over […]

First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great by Sandra Neil Wallace,  Rich Wallace(Contributor), Agata Nowicka (Contributor)

First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great by Sandra Neil Wallace, Rich Wallace(Contributor), Agata Nowicka (Contributor)

Hardcover, 96 pages Published September 4th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher First Generation collects (as the cover so helpfully states) a group of 36 people who weren’t born in America but chose to make it their home. In one page spreads, the volume explores how these individuals have contributed to America economy […]

Picture Book Reviews Galore!

Picture Book Reviews Galore!

Crafty Llama by Mike Kerr,  Renata Liwska (Illustrations) Hardcover, 32 pages Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books Source: Publisher Extremely adorable. A gentle book that celebrates craft and friendship. Kids who like animals are bound to love this book about making things, having friends, and being warm. Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience […]

Graphic Novel Reviews #1

Graphic Novel Reviews #1

Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person by Dami Lee Paperback, 160 pages Published August 7th 2018 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books Dami Lee’s debut collects memoir-ish comic strips about a woman trying to figure out where she fits. Lee documents her experiences as a Korean in America for the first time, trying […]

The Cobalt Prince (5 Worlds #2) by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel , Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator) , Matt Rockefeller (Illustrator)

The Cobalt Prince (5 Worlds #2) by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel , Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator) , Matt Rockefeller (Illustrator)

Hardcover, 256 pages Published May 8th 2018 by Random House Children’s Books Source: Publisher The Cobalt Prince continues the tale started in Sand Warrior and chronicles the further adventures of Oona and her friends in mission to defeat Mimic and save the 5 Worlds from certain destruction. Whoo, that was a sentence. Things get even more complicated in […]