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 & Fortitude
by Josh Funk ,  Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Henry Holt / Macmillan
Source: Publisher

This picture book has an ultimately great message about the power of stories and friendship with great illustrations. I found the prose to be a bit chewier than I liked for a picture book but kids may like it that way.


The Other Dog
by Madeleine L’Engle, Christine Davenier (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Chronicle Books
Source: Publisher

This is adorable. I am not familiar with L’Engle’s works but this book has so much heart and love in it, I can see kids giggling in delight. Strongly recommended.


Lucy Fell Down the Mountain
by Kevin Cornell

Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: Publisher

Irreverent. Funny. Charming. Great art and vibrant colours. There is so much to love about this book. Every kid should have the chance to read this one.


Night Play
by Lizi Boyd

Hardcover, 44 pages
Expected publication: November 6th 2018 by Chronicle Books
Source: Publisher

This book is formatted in interesting ways, featuring half pages and full pages, making the story a bit more 3D than the usual picturebook. I dare say that kids will have a ton of fun flipping and open pages. The story itself is a bit abstract and, to be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely charmed by the prose alone but I reckon that’s because the book as an object plus the prose is a complete experience.

It will be popular during storytime.


Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker
by Mara Rockliff , Simona Ciraolo(Illustrations)

Hardcover, 60 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Chronicle Books

This book could easily function as a text in a social studies class or a woman’s studies class that studies how women have historically been denied credit for their achievements. I’m a bit angry as you can tell. Anyway, I didn’t know about Alice who seems to be the world’s first motion filmmaker and I wonder why. The book gives us a glimpse of her and her achievements and will work as a springboard to other  works about her. Recommended.


Thank You, Omu!
by Oge Mora

Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This one is gorgeous tale about the power of sharing. Omu is everyone’s sweet grandma with a big heart. The art is beautiful. The tale will be a valuable tool in teaching kids empathy and the power of sharing. Recommended.


I Hate My Cats (A Love Story)
by Davide Cali, Anna Pirolli (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 44 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Chronicle Books

I loved this one though I’m not sure how kids are going to react to it. I feel like cat owners are going to have a lot more fun with this one than those who don’t own cats. The art is great and the prose has a spring in it much like the jaunty walk of a cat. Recommended.


Dr. Seuss’s You Are Kind: Featuring Horton the Elephant
by Dr. Seuss

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

It’s Dr. Seuss. I shouldn’t need to say more than that but just in case, this book is incredibly kind and in a time when the world is decidedly not I feel like this book is necessary. Both for adults and for kids.


Pearl
by Molly Idle

Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: October 9th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This little book does a lot of things. The art as expected of Molly Idle is incredible. Pearl, the little mermaid, finds the importance in the tiniest things that she almost overlooks. I could write panegyrics but I reckon you should just get a copy of this for yourself and glory in the experience.