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Entries in children's books (453)

Friday
Feb092018

look for ladybug in plant city

Joining Daisy and Basil the detective on their hunt for Daisy’s missing pet ladybug (who’s a bit mischievous), we search for the things listed in capital letters all over verdant Plant City, “where plants grow and ladybugs hide.” An extra set of challenges awaits readers in each of their stops.  You’ll find us noshing on noodle bites and root pizza in our favorite part of Plant City—the restaurants. ;)  A fresh, inventive and all-around fun look-and-find.

Look for Ladybug in Plant City was written and illustrated by Katherina Manolessou and published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

Thursday
Feb082018

kate, who tamed the wind

The wind is getting to be a problem for a man who lives atop an extremely blustery hill.  Kate, a little girl living in the town at the bottom of the hill, hears his cry for help and gets to work on a plan to solve his problem.  She knows she can’t tame the wild wind—she’ll have to find a clever way to work with it.  We love the wonderfully rhythmic text and ruddy autumnal palette in this story about friendship, innovation and science.

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind was written by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Lee White and published by Schwartz & Wade.

Wednesday
Feb072018

search-and-find alphabet of alphabets

This is neither your average search-and-find nor is it your run-of-the-mill abecedarian primer.  It’s a complete A to Z filled to the brim with things to find from birds to creepy-crawlies to inventions.  Yellow things is the penultimate group before readers’ last stop at the zoo.  On certain pages, look out for the extra things you’re asked to spot—with a few more surprises in store throughout.  heaps of new words to learn—including unusual ones—make this book a really engaging one.  This one would be a hit with little alphabetarians learning those 26 all-important symbols of the English language.  Categorically clever. 

Search-and-Find Alphabet of Alphabets was written and illustrated by Allan Sanders and published by Wide Eyed Editions.  Out soon on March 1!

Wednesday
Jan242018

love

We made a simple craft inspired by Matt De la Peña and Loren Long’s new book LOVE, a book about everything that can be love.  To make heart-shaped pencil toppers, all you need are pencils and pipe cleaners.

1. Bend a pipe cleaner in half.  Wind it around the top of a pencil a couple of times.  Pull both ends of the pipe cleaner to make sure it’s wrapped around the pencil tightly.  

2. Bend and shape the rest of the pipe cleaner into the shape of a heart.  Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to finish off the heart. 

You can watch the book trailer for LOVE here, and find out about Matt and Loren’s upcoming book tour dates here.

Tuesday
Jan232018

bolivar

Wow.  WOW.  First of all, Sean Rubin, you had us at “Bolivar.”  The name, the iconic typeface, the cover, the promise of a great story.  And then you blew us away with your first couple of double page spreads and their sweeping urban skyline.  We lingered over these opening scenes and heard the unmistakable sounds of New York; we heard the noisy din of cars, traffic, people walking the sidewalks en masse, and then we were drawn into the quiet quotidian life of...a dinosaur in New York.  A dinosaur named Bolivar.

Bolivar has an apartment on 78th Street, and he lives on corned beef sandwiches and tonic water with lime (like most dinosaurs).  His interests include used books and old records.  And The New Yorker of course.  Everyone in the city is too busy to notice him except for his next door neighbor Sybil.  After months of spying on him, she finally corners him in front of the recycling bins where their long-awaited meet cute takes place.

Writer/illustrator Sean Rubin on how the story came about — “I realized that if a dinosaur lived in New York City, no one would notice him, but then I began to wonder, what would his life be like? The story really came from trying to answer that question.”

BOLIVAR is a special book and a brilliant debut.  Its written and visual narratives come together seamlessly to tell this tremendous tale which is also a beautiful and meaningful tribute to New York City.  Do yourself a favor and get a copy—for you and for everyone you know.

Written and illustrated by Sean Rubin and published by Archaia | BOOM! Studios.