This week I have been feature books for young people. On Monday, I reviewed the young adult scifi novel His Name Was Wren by Rob Winters. Yesterday’s review was Mayatte’s Catharsis by Jack E. Mohr, a young adult fantasy novella.
Today, I am featuring a few picture books. These are all books I purchased for my library this year. There are so many great picture books out there, so these are just a few of my favorites and I give them all 5 stars! Any of these would make a great gift for a young one in your life. Clicking on the book cover will take you to the Amazon page for the hardcover book. Note: Use of these links supports this blog and is very much appreciated.
Review of Beatrice Likes the Dark
Beautiful, rich illustrations accompany this story of two sisters, Beatrice and Roo. They are as different from each other as night is from day.
When, finally, they share the things they like, they find they are the best of friends and sisters. This story honors family, being yourself and getting to know people who are different from you.
About Beatrice Likes the Dark by April Genevieve Tucholke
Beatrice likes the dark. She likes black clothes, graveyard picnics, and a sky full of stars. Her sister, Roo, likes the light. She likes bright clothes, picking strawberries, and hot, sunny days. Beatrice and Roo are nothing alike and don’t understand each other. Can Beatrice help Roo love the dark as much as she does? Can Roo help Beatrice love the light? Or are they simply too different to get along?
With lushly detailed artwork, award-winning illustrator Khoa Le brings to vivid life acclaimed author April Tucholke’s heartwarming, slightly spooky tale about two very different sisters who learn to celebrate their individuality, understanding that love runs deeper than their differences.
Review of Lizzy and the Cloud
This fantastical tale of a girl with a pet cloud is told in pictures and a few words. Not only is a fun and funny story, the reader gets a mini lesson in meteorology.
I am a big fan of the Fan Brothers. In fact, I don’t even have to know what the book is about in order to buy it. And I am never disappointed!
About Lizzy and the Cloud by the Fan Brothers – Terry Fan and Eric Fan
It’s a little out of fashion to buy a pet cloud, but Lizzy doesn’t mind. She’s not looking for a big one or a fancy one, just one that’s right for her. And she finds it in Milo.
Soon, she’s taking Milo out on walks with her family, watering Milo right on schedule, and seeing Milo grow and grow. But what happens when her pet cloud gets too big for Lizzy to handle?
Review of The Rock from the Sky
On Goodreads I wrote this review:
“Ha ha ha! Ho ho ho! Ha ha ha!
(Fans of Jon Klassen will understand.)”
But for my blog readers I will add that this totally nonsense story is told with BIG PICTURES and few words. The lack of narration can be filled in by the reader or the listener. Which is just fun! The Rock from the Sky may also be your child’s introduction to science fiction.
Jon Klassen is another storyteller who I can’t resist. Check out his Hat Trilogy books for more laughs!
About The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen
Turtle really likes standing in his favorite spot. He likes it so much that he asks his friend Armadillo to come over and stand in it, too. But now that Armadillo is standing in that spot, he has a bad feeling about it . . .
Here comes The Rock from the Sky, a meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it.
Review of Knight Owl
Owl wants nothing more than to become a great knight. So, he works hard and joins the Knight Night Watch, a job for which he is uniquely qualified. When danger threatens – Owl plays to his strengths.
This book is so cute! Lovely illustrations are inspired by little life lessons for Owl.
Dream big. Work hard. But perhaps the most important lesson is that if you are brave enough to stop to talk to someone, you might find you have much in common.
About Knight Owl by Christopher Denise
Since the day he hatched, Owl dreamed of becoming a real knight. He may not be the biggest or the strongest, but his sharp nocturnal instincts can help protect the castle, especially since many knights have recently gone missing. While holding guard during Knight Night Watch, Owl is faced with the ultimate trial—a frightening intruder. It’s a daunting duel by any measure. But what Owl lacks in size, he makes up for in good ideas.
Full of wordplay and optimism, this surprising display of bravery proves that cleverness (and friendship) can rule over brawn.