February 18, 2012

February 17, 2012

Welcome to my 7th Edition of Picture Book Look!  I am having fun discovering brand new picture book releases each month, while also rereading some of my children’s favorite books from long ago.

This edition, I wanted to feature one of my favorite picture book authors.  Amy Krouse Rosenthal has collaborated with some talented artists to produce some special and “must have” picture books!  For more information, visit her adorable website, http://www.whoisamy.com/ or you can find her on Facebook with all of her latest news!

BOOK 1:

Plant A Kiss

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds  (2011)

Available in Hardcover and e-reader formats

I love this book!!  This currently sits at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list. I am not sure my own words can do it justice, so I will take the script directly off of Harper Collins Publishing website to describe it perfectly:

Little Miss planted a kiss . . .

One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey about life, kindness, and giving.

Peter H. Reynolds’s illustrations are whimsical and perfect for telling the story.  Do NOT miss this book!  It will be one that you and your children treasure for years to come.

Here is a little video trailer of the book… enjoy!

BOOK 2:

Cookies:  Bite-Size Life Lessons

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Jane Dyer  (2006)

Available in Hardcover

I have given this book as a gift to almost everyone I know!  It has been one of my favorites since it was written in 2006.  Amy Krouse Rosenthal takes attributes of life skills, putting them into words perfectly for children to understand, and then tops it off by using the theme of cookies to make for a perfect book of how to get along in the world. (“RESPECT means offering the very first cookie to your grandmother.”)  Other word offerings are COMPASSIONATE, POLITE, CONTENT, among others.  The illustrations by Jane Dyer are among some of the best picture book art I have ever seen.  She is one of my favorite illustrators!  This was the first of the “cookies” books, but see the list below for others that continue teaching the sweet recipe for life.  I love all of the “cookies” books!!

BOOK 3:

Little Pea

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Jen Corace  (2005)

Available in Hardcover and e-reader formats

I wish this book had been written when my young daughter gave me headaches over her picky eating.  I think its humor would have really been helpful.  In this story, Little Pea is not allowed to have his spinach dessert until he eats all of his candy.  The illustrations are playful and sweet (no pun intended!).  Be sure to check out other collaborations by this author and illustrator, including Little Hoot (2008) and Little Oink (2009).  You can even purchase them all together in a boxed set!

BOOK 4:

Chopsticks

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Scott Magoon  (2012)

Available Hardcover

This book is brand spanking new!  It is a perfect book to read to young children when talking about friendship.  The illustrations are child-friendly, perfectly fitting with the text.  Here is what Publishers Weekly has to say about this book:

The chopsticks from Rosenthal and Magoon’s Spoon (2009) take center stage in this clever companion book, which is as charming and whimsical as its predecessor. Best friends, the chopsticks are all but inseparable. “They go everywhere together. They do everything together. They’re practically attached at the hip.” But while trying a fancy new culinary trick, one of the chopsticks snaps and is whisked away (literally, by a whisk) to the medicine cabinet, where a grave bottle of glue pronounces, “It was a clean break. He just needs to stay off it while it sets.” The marriage of text, digital art, and design provide plentiful puns and laugh-out-loud humor, as the injured chopstick encourages his friend to explore the world without him (“Go! Chop, chop!”). He eventually picks up a whole new set of skills, helping Spoon pole vault, testing cupcakes for doneness, and even conducting a motley kitchen-utensil orchestra. Rosenthal spells out the story’s message—“Unexpectedly, being apart had made each of them even stronger”—but it’s leavened with plenty of droll comedy, reminding readers that solo practice can make for even better duets.

Be sure to pick up a copy of this book for your children or your best friend!

OTHER BOOKS BY AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL:

In the “COOKIES” series:

– Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons (2008)

– Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lesson on Love (2009)

– One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond (2010)

– Little Hoot (2008)

– Little Oink (2009)

– Spoon (2009)

– Wordles (COMING OUT JUNE 1, 2012!)

– Wumbers (COMING OUT JUNE 27, 2012!)

– This Plus That: Life’s Little Equations (2011)

– Al Pha’s Bet (2011)

– The Wonder Book (2010)

– Bedtime for Mommy (2010)

– Duck!  Rabbit! (2009)

– The OK Book (2007)

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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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One Response to February 18, 2012

  1. Keith Smith says:

    You have outdone yourself this time! I love the video. The internet is full of all kinds of things, but a blog post you can enjoy with your children is a treasure. How about reading this one together with your child?

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