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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | June 2016


Say goodbye to Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie, meet Los Pollitos, and go Vroom! with Liesbet Slegers’s latest.

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The Thank You Book by Mo Willems | SLJ Review

thank you book

WILLEMS, Mo. The Thank You Book. illus. by Mo Willems. 64p. (An Elephant & Piggie Book). Disney-Hyperion. May 2016. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781423178286.
PreS-Gr 2–A sweet and pitch-perfect swan song to a wildly popular series. Reflecting on her good fortune and many blessings, Piggie decides to thank everyone who is important to her. Gerald thinks this is a bad idea, in that she runs the very big risk of forgetting someone. Piggie will not be dissuaded and embarks on her “Thank-o-rama!” She […]

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems Lands in Manhattan 

12a Mo Willems 2015 Credit Jo Chattman (low-res) thumb

The three-time Caldecott Honor recipient joins the ranks of Ludwig Bemelmans, Ezra Jack Keats, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery in having an exhibit of work at a New York City museum.

A Flurry of Fresh Children’s and YA Titles Presented at the AAP Book Buzz


Librarian Robbin Friedman attends and reports back on the recent AAP Book Buzz, highlighting new and upcoming titles for children and teens.

Video Sunday: One Video Short

Been a while, hasn’t it?  Well, better late than never.  And you probably get a better level of quality videos if there’s a month’s gap, eh? Today we begin with the video of the week.  The Wall Street Journal released this article about Brian Selznick’s puppeteering work on his own book trailer.  For me, it’s […]

Video Sunday: La la la!

Morning, folks.  We’ve a good store of goodies this morning, and I’m pleased as punch to give them to you.  First up, a short film.  A very short film, actually.  I’ve spoken in the past on how Hollywood views children’s writers and the creation of children’s books.  This film seems to believe that children’s books […]

Carnivorous cakes, nail-biting horror, and a reimagined Alice | SLJ Sneak Peek


From a hilarious chapter book set in space to an imaginative origin story for Alice and Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts, the following works featured in SLJ’s February 2015 issue will entertain and pique the interest of voracious and emergent readers. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.

Fusenews: Don’t Let the Pigeon Shoot First

Hi-ho, folks. Well, there’s a nice little second part to that interview I did with Kidlit TV last week.  Basically, if you’ve ever wanted me to predict the Newbery and Caldecott on air or offer up my assessment of the worst written children’s book of 2014, you are in luck.  I think there may even […]

Board Book Bonanza | Preschool to Grade 4 Roundup


These 39 new board books were all published in the second half of 2014. They include concept books, stories, titles new to the board book format, and a few recommended titles in Spanish.

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Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

Fusenews: Bemoaning, Lamenting, and Generally Carrying On

A stumper to begin the day. I got this message from my aunt and I simply do not know the answer. Librarians of the world, do you know? Just to clarify beforehand, the answer is unfortunately not Are Your My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: “… seeking info on a children’s book that was [a] favorite […]

Birds of a Feather: Fiction and Nonfiction Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Pigeon Needs a Bath

Books about birds can teach kids amazing facts about nature, and they can also make them laugh. From a lost chicken in the city to a pigeon who really needs a bath, these following titles will be a feather in your cap.

Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .

Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .

Gather round me, little children, and let me tell you of a magical time when the Newbery and Caldecott winners were interviewed on NBC the day after their win in a regular annual segment.  Then twas the coming of Snookie and suddenly children’s book awards weren’t considered newsworthy any longer.  I’ve searched the airwaves to […]

Video Sunday: Gobs of authorial types (and the filling of pants with tacos)

Video Sunday: Gobs of authorial types (and the filling of pants with tacos)

This is probably going to be of the most interest to those of you who have an interest in comic book inking in general.  Paul Karasik, who is the head of programming for Comic Arts Brooklyn, interviewed Jeff Smith while he (the creator of the Bone graphic novel series) inked a Bone illustration for the […]

The Pigeon Is Back! | Touch and Go


Featuring beloved Mo Willems characters, this impressive production offers several entertaining game options as well as cameo appearances by the author.

Fusenews: “Who is Fishface, and where can I find him?”

Fusenews: “Who is Fishface, and where can I find him?”

Required Reading of the Day: Roger Sutton already told you to read it, and now I’m backing him up.  If you have not cast thine eyes upon Christopher Myers’s piece Young Dreamers in which he talks about the Trayvon Martin decision as well as Christopher’s own role in the world of children’s literature and the […]

Celebrating Picture Books: Not Just For Kids

Maurice Sendak A Celebration of the Artist and His Work

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the prestigious Caldecott Award, bestowed annually to the “artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” Here’s a look at a few books about past and recent recipients.

Video Sunday: Proverbial cookies happen to go very well with axiomatic milk

Dwell not on the fact that you were unable to attend the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet whilst your fellows caroused to all hours of the night (or so I assume . . . I left when I felt sleepy, party animal that I am). Now you can feel like you were there in the supple flesh all […]

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

Video Sunday: “… drawing and doodling is a form of physicalized empathy” – Mo Willems

Oh, like I was going to start off with anything else this week.  Dahl was robbed! During BEA, one of the women of the hour was our own Monica Edinger (who blogged about the experience here).  Her upcoming book Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad is so remarkable that it is physically […]

JLG’s On the Radar: Picture Books for Primary Readers

Grandma the Great Gourd

Junior Library Guild editors select picture books that are perfect for storytime; these titles are destined to become favorite read-alouds and will delight the imaginations of kids in kindergarten and first grade.

Fusenews: “…there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run / There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

The last few days have been a blur, helped not a bit by a toddler who suddenly took it into her head that 4:45 a.m. is a perfectly reasonable time to wake up and that perfectly reasonable people should be up and about and WHY ISN’T MOMMY BEING PERFECTLY REASONABLE ABOUT THIS???? … WAAAAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH!  So […]