Picturebooks: A Collection of Reviews

Anywhere Artist by Nikki Slade Robinson

Hardcover, 40 pages
Expected publication: February 20th 2018 by Clarion Books
Source: Raincoast Books
This was a fave. As the title suggests, this title follows a little girl who creates art anywhere she can using materials that other people may dismiss as ordinary. The book pays an homage to creativity that is limited only by a person’s imagination. This would be wonderful for use in an elementary classroom in art class to teach children the value of observing the world around us. I can see this book resulting in truly wonderful art created by inspired children.
The art in the picturebook is beautiful. I wholly recommend this title.

How To Say I Love You in Five Languages – Illustrated by Kenard Pak

Board Book, 10 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2018 by Wide Eyed Editions
Source: Publisher

This is a super cute board book perfect for toddlers learning how books work. Well, my niece who is five loves it as well. The buttons on the side allow the reader to hear the words spoken which makes this book especially lovely.

 

Lines by Suzy Lee

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

Suzy Lee’s picturebooks are always so artistic and abstract. Lines has a character skating in simple lines across the pages until these lines grow and become something that I won’t give away. The lack of words and the sparse style are somehow serene and profound. I loved Mirror and this one comes a close second.

 

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg, Anjan Sarkar (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Farrar Straus Giroux
Source: Raincoast Books

Queen of the Hannukkah Dosas is a cute glimpse of a family with an Indian Mom and a Jewish dad and how they bridge their different cultures with the help of food. Well, okay, more specifically, the book is about a little boy whose sister is the kind of energetic toddler with a tendency to climb on everything, often causing a mess in the process. It is almost time for Hanukkah festivities, the dosas have been made, but the boy and his family have locked themselves outside. This is where the sister’s climbing tendencies come into use.

I remember having to climb in through open windows to unlock the door when I was a kid so this made me nostalgic. The art wasn’t my fave but I really loved how this family had so many intersectionalities. I also loved the glimpse this book gave of a holiday I am not super familiar with.