Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor, Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)
Paperback, 32 pages Published September 2015 by Lantana Publishing Source: Library
Chicken in the Kitchen is an entertaining tale about a little girl called Anyaugo who wakes up the night before the yam festival to find a giant chicken ransacking the kitchen. She knows she has to stop the chicken before it destroys the food her mother and relatives prepared for the festival the next day but she cannot find the woodwit which is the only being that can help her defeat this chicken seemingly hellbent on destruction.
The art is beautiful and story full of whimsy and culture. Anyaugo finds out that there’s more to things and situations than meets the eye. Children reading this will be charmed by the illustrations and the story.
Ella, Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks
Hardcover, 32 pages Published April 6th 2017 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Bks Source: Publisher
This nonfiction picturebook brings to life Ella Fitzgerald and her not well known friendship with Marilyn Monroe whose word on her behalf led Ella to land a gig in one of the racist establishments in town. Obviously the world at that point was more racist at that time and no matter how well you sung, if you were a certain, you wouldn’t gain admission in a joint that prided itself on whatever.
Anyway, the book contains a bite-sized history lesson about Ella and Marilyn and will serve to whet the appetite of those who wish to know more about them. I liked that the creator of this picturebook included some details at the end with pictures of both artists.
Ella, Queen of Jazz will be fantastic in a classroom.
If you’re looking for a way to introduce a child to the beauty of poetry, or an adult to the glory of picturebooks, Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Meilo So might just be it. The poems are simple-seeming: elegant and eloquent, playful and irreverent by turns. The effect is impossible […]
Hardcover, 32 pages Published February 6th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Source: Raincoast Books Chances are, if you are a parent or take care of children, this scenario will be familiar to you. While picturebooks are usually the domain of children (or we pretend they are, ahem), The Big Bed is going to be more popular […]
Don’t you love the title? A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms by Paul B. Janeczko (“by” in this case means “selected by”) and illustrated by Chris Raschka is a playful, creatively-inspiring introduction to poetic forms. Page by page an example of a particular form of poem is given in bold, […]
Sophia’s neighbor Mrs. Goldman spreads love and kindness through her knitting, keeping hearts and keppies (heads) toasty warm. But when Mrs. Goldman gives her own hat to Mrs. Chen, Sophia starts to worry about her friend and her cold keppie! Mrs. Goldman is so busy taking care of others that she forgets to take care […]
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 […]
Take Your Time Hardcover, 32 pages April 11, 2017 : Henry Holt and Co. Source: Library Harriet the tortoise likes to do things slowly. She explores her home on the Galápagos Islands—slowly. She eats—slowly. And when the sun goes down, she slumbers deeply all night long. When Harriet’s friends tell her to pick up the pace, […]
When Elisapee’s father brings home a baby seagull, Elisapee falls in love with the bird right away. She feeds and cares for her new friend, named Nau, and even helps Nau learn how to fly! Soon, it seems like Nau is ready to leave home for good, and Elisapee has to learn how to say […]
Sleep Tight Farm Hardcover, 36 pages August 2, 2016 : Chronicle Books Source: Library A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, Sleep Tight Farm lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating […]
Hardcover, 36 pages Published 2017 by Inhabit Media Inc. Source: Publisher Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours), and friends who are better than her at […]