February 4, 2012

Happy February!  There are LOTS of new PICTURE BOOKS to share with your little ones!

BOOK 1 –

Otto The Book Bear
Written and Illustrated by Katie Cleminson (2012)
Available in Hardcover

This is one of my favorite new picture books that has come out this year!  Otto the Bear lives inside of a picture book.  He loves it when children read his story.
Surprise!  When no one is looking, Otto comes to life and sets out to fine a new home.  He takes an exciting adventure, but comes to realize that he misses his warm book home.  The illustrations are so sweet… there is a “chunkiness” to them, that are softly filled in with color.   You and your little ones are bound to fall in love with Otto!

Other books by Katie Cleminson:
Cuddle Up, Goodnight
Magic Box


Looking at Lincoln
Written and Illustrated by Maira Kalman (2012)
Available in Hardcover

Celebrate President’s Day reading about one of our historical heroes.  This book is a perfect introduction to our 16th President and Maira Kalman does a marvelous job of bringing Mr. Lincoln to life.  The young girl of the story wants to know more about President Lincoln and she finds his legacy everywhere.  There are facts that are common to know, like Lincoln’s face gracing some of our money, to more uncommon facts, like how he had a fondness for Mozart.  Vibrant watercolors take us through the factual information about Lincoln’s childhood, his education, and his election as President of the United States of America.  This is the perfect book to teach children about one of our countries greatest men and his fight for freedom and justice in our country.

Other books by Maira Kalman:
Fireboat:  The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey
And the Pursuit of Happiness

BOOK 3 –

Big Hugs, Little Hugs
Written and Illustrated by Felicia Bond (2012)
Available in Hardcover

Bold, bright, beautiful illustrations are the star of this darling picture book by Felicia Bond, author and bestselling artist of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  This book celebrates love all over the world, filled with animals hugging.  Very simple, sparse text… the pictures really tell the story.  This is a perfect snuggly book before naptime or any time you need a hug!

Other books by Felicia Bond:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Take a Mouse to School


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written and Illustrated by Eric Carle (1981)
Available in Hardcover and Board Book formats

Timeless and classic are the words that describe Eric Carle’s picture books.  The Hungry Caterpillar has become iconic in the picture book world.  In this book, we learn a caterpillars journey from a tiny egg to a sweet caterpillar, who ravenously leads us through the book as he eats his way through leaves and fruits.  When he is finally full he forms a cocoon and goes to sleep.  Of course, this ends with him becoming a glorious butterfly!  The die-cut pages take us through his feast, with classic Carle style.  Every child should have at least one, (if not ALL!), Eric Carle book in their library!  For further excitement, take a trip to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA or visit their website at www.carlemuseum.org

Other books by Eric Carle:
The Very Quite Cricket
The Very Busy Spider
The Very Lonely Firefly
Animals, Animals
10 Little Rubber Ducks
Do You Want to Be My Friend?
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
Draw Me a Star
Dream Snow
A House for Hermit Crab
The Grouchy Ladybug
From Head to Toe


About picturebooklook

Hello picture book enthusiasts! I am the mother of 3 twenty-something children and became a grandmother for the first time in early 2012. I have had an affection for picture books for almost as long as I can remember. I have acquired a treasured collection from when my children were young. I have never lost my fondness for them! I have worked in the Children's department of my local Barnes & Noble for the last 10 years. Each month I hope to feature a new picture book review, along with a classic picture book. The fact is, these books are true works of art! The stories are simple, sweet lines, that often stay with us into our adult lives. This blog is dedicated to Danielle Catherine and all of my future grandchildren, and also to all of you who love the beauty of picture books as much as I do!
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