A Picturebook Roundup!

 

Come With Me – Written by Holly M. McGhee and Illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

I received the special BEA edition for review purposes and I don’t know if something about it is different from the original. Anyway, this charming picturebook is very necessary in what is becoming an intolerant world. Parents can read this book with their children and talk to them about fear and intolerance. The sparse illustrations are the perfect accompaniment for the message this book is filled with–not to imply this book is didactic. It simply shows parents and children how to deal with the media and other sources blasting hate and negativity every day. This will be an invaluable text in a classroom setting.

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Molly & Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 2016 by Little Hare

This undeniably charming volume follows the journey of two little girls ( Molly and Mae I am presuming) who meet at a train station, strike up a friendship, and then deepen it over the course of their journey. The story is sweet and the art is quite nostalgic of old styles with its water-colour-ey palette.

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Everybody’s Somewhere – Written by Cornelia Maude Spelman and illustrated by Alea Marley

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Seagrass Press

This book is inclusive and has a strong message about belonging and acceptance. The art is fantastic (just look at that cover). However, the prose within the book falls flat. There is a bit too much repetition of the same words which, rather than having a rhythm, gets quite clunky.Still, the art is fabulous.

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Wolfie Paints the Town – Sabina Gibson

Hardcover
Published May 1st 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf

This is a charming volume that will appeal to younger readers particularly those with a passion for painting. Gibson’s art is beautiful and her felt characters are amazingly detailed. The book will urge its young readers to look at the world with the eye of a painter.

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Polly and Her Duck Costume: The True Story of a Little Blind Rescue Goat by Leanne Lauricella and illustrated by Jill Howarth

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Walter Foster Jr

This nonfiction picturebook details the life of Polly whose uncertain beginnings in life are eased when she is adopted by her ‘mother” who allows her to feel same and secure. Polly is most secure when she is dressed in her duck costume. The book is a beautiful one and the pictures of the real Polly at the end will make even the most hardhearted kid feel tender. (Or I hope.) Kids who love animals and wish to work with them will adore this picturebook.