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.

The Best of 2015: YA Fiction/Nonfiction

The Best of 2015: YA Fiction/Nonfiction

Janet (the links may contain spoilers) Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #3) The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison Uprooted by Naomi Novik Under My Skin by Charles de Lint (Wildlings #1) Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (sequel to Seraphina) The Darkest Part of the Forest […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Oh Canada

Top Ten Tuesday: Oh Canada

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by thebrokeandbookish.com. Today in honour of Canada Day, we’re going to list our favourite children’s Canadian Lit. This will be more difficult for some of us than others. Haha. Nafiza Let’s see… Sorrow’s Knot and Plain Kate both by Erin Bow Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson The Agency series by […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

In consideration of covers and their back copy. Join in! It’s not easy being an undercover restaurant critic—especially when you’re only twelve years old! After successfully completing her first restaurant review for the New York Standard newspaper, Gladys Gatsby is looking forward to a quiet summer of cooking and eating. But her plans quickly go […]

Realistic Stories: The Next Big Thing?

I’m often asked – whether while working at Kaleidoscope or at conferences or in general conversation – what’s the next big thing going to be in children’s and young adult literature? I have to admit, my most common answer is: “Time Travel, I just know it’s coming back.” But that’s mostly so that I can chuckle. […]