Picturebooks Galore: Reviews

Yousuf’s Everyday Adventures: Beautifully Different – Dana Salim, Pavel Goldaev (illustrator)
Hardcover
Published April 2017 by DS Publishing, LLC
Source: Publisher

Yousuf is taught the beauty of being different in this picturebook that will have the most impact when read with a parent or a caretaker. The illustrations are bright and vivid and though the story is somewhat difficult to follow, I feel like it’s a good start toward a discussion of diversity and its importance in our world.

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The Fog by Kyo Maclear and Kenard Pak
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published May16th by Tundra Books
Source: Publisher

It’s a given that any book by Kyo Maclear will be an entertaining one. In The Fog, the bird watching trope is inverted so the birds are the ones watching the humans. Warble, the protagonist of the picturebook, is very concerned when a fog descends upon the island/land/coast he lives on and people-watches but no one else seems to find it as big of a deal. While the others adapt to this new fog, Warble worries. And he finds a human girl who worries with him and with her, he finds others who notice the problem and want to resolve it. The book is quirky and heartwarming and shows how working together and finding your people can lead to good things. The art is super pretty too and suits the story very well. Recommended.

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A Place to Read – Leigh Hodgkinson
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 30th by Bloomsbury US Childrens
Source: Raincoast Books

As readers, I am sure all of us have struggled, at one point or another, to find a place to read comfortably. This is what this book is all about. The art is fantastic and the revelation at the end is delightful if a bit abrupt. Kids will love this one.

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Goldfish Ghost – Lemony Snicket with illustrations by Lisa Brown
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 2nd, 2017 by Roaring Brook Press
Source: Raincoast Books

I know fans will love this one but Lemony Snicket and I have never got along well. This picturebook didn’t do anything for me though I did love the art. So if you are a fan, you might want to check it out but otherwise, it’s a skip from me.

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Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex
Hardcover, 48 pages
To be published on August 1st, 2017 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

I adored this book. As the title suggests, it is a book about fruits except nothing rhymes with Orange so the poor fruit doesn’t know if he will be include in what is essentially an ode celebrating his people. I love the meta element to the story with the Orange making an appearance here and there sadly offering himself to the main narrative and getting ignored. The art is fun and playful and it all ends very positively so yeah, this book will be a favourite with the kids, especially at bedtime. Recommended.