Picturebook Reviews: Part Deux


by Stacy McAnulty, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Illustrations)
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Running Press Kids
Source: Library

This is such a glorious book for little girls struggling against society’s constrictive rules on the kind of beauty preferable for women. McAnulty and Lew-Vriethoff do a wonderful job of putting a spin on things but I confess, it is the art that most drew me in. The book has an effervescent feel to it; it is full of life and mischief. I reckon all ladies need a copy of this no matter their age.


Flora and the Ostrich: An Opposites Book

by Molly Schaar Idle
Board Book, 20 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

My little nephew (he’s 2) pounced on this book as soon as I got it and now refuses to let it go so you know, Flora books appeals to both boys and girls. What else can I say about this wordless boardbook? It’s fun and funny. It manages to impart knowledge while entertaining, like the best kind of books.


Hello Goodbye Dog

by Maria Gianferrari, Patrice Barton (Illustrations)
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press
Source: Raincoast Books

This book turned me into a pile of mush. All Zara’s dog, Moose, wants to do is by Zara but alas people won’t let him. Again and again, he escapes the restraints put on him to run to Zara and say hello and again and again, he is forced to say goodbye when people take him away. Finally, Moose gets an official title that lets him stay with his beloved Zara and takes away the necessity for the loathsome goodbyes. The story is inclusive, diverse, and just gave me ALL THE FEELS. You need it for your littles, I promise.


A Pattern for Pepper

by Julie Kraulis
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Tundra Books (NY)
Source: Publisher

This was a glorious spread sure to appeal to kids into fashion and designing. Pepper has to have a new dress made but isn’t sure about what pattern she wants so the dressmaker shows her all the patterns. The art is gorgeous and the patterns are introduced in interesting ways. Recommended.


Sleep Tight, Charlie

by Michaël Escoffier, Kris Di Giacomo
Hardcover, 56 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press
Source: Publisher

All Charlie wants to do is to sleep but circumstances keep on conspiring against him. He is woken time and again by things outside and inside his house which leads him to becoming grumpier and grumpier until he is just about ready to weep with desperation. The art is glorious and the story amusing. I reckon kids will love it.