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Picture Book Monday: September 2013

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown: I like Peter Brown’s books a lot, and his new one has a nice storyline that has a message without feeling too preachy. I also liked the artwork, which seemed a little Klassen-y (I mean that in the best way).

Ike’s Incredible Ink by Brianne Farley: A story of creativity and creative travails.

Anton and the Battle by Ole Konnecke: A fun story of two boys telling tale tales…until a dog provides a sudden dose of reality.

Aesop’s Fables by Lisbeth Zwerger: This collection really shines because of two things. First, the simplicity–one story per page, with one illustration facing. Second, the delicate pen and ink illustrations, which transplant the fables to Switzerland.

Maude by Lauren Child: WELL THAT ENDING WAS UNEXPECTED. I’m glad someone else illustrated it too–gives it a different feel from Child’s other books, as charming as those are.

Journey by Aaron Becker: Favorite book of the month. Beautiful illustrations in a wordless picture book about the power of imagination and creativity, which makes it sound heavy and message-y. It’s not. It’s magical, and when I finished, I flipped back to the beginning and started again. Think David Wiesner, except more ethereal.

Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D. San Souci: Great mermaid story from South Carolina.

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead: Lovely, poetic. These two make a wonderful team.

Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover by Anne Marie Pace and Le Uyen Pham: The charm of this one is in the details, especially Le Uyen Pham’s lovely illustrations.

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By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

3 replies on “Picture Book Monday: September 2013”

I work in a Children’s Room, too, and no one EVER takes out “Maude”! Even when we put it on display! I don’t know why it fails to catch patrons’ attention, but it makes me so sad because I love Lauren Child.

My new favorite picture book is “The Worst Princess,”

Have you had a chance to read it yet? It’s AMAZING. Similar to “The Paperbag Princess” in a lot of ways but with its own voice. Great for all those li’l girls who want princess books: slip ’em a little feminism when they least expect it. 😉

It is sad, especially since it’s doing something a little different from her other books.

I have put The Worst Princess on hold–it looks great! And I know what you mean about slipping in a little feminism–I’ve stubbornly continued to put Tumble Tower and An Ordinary Princess in with the rest of the Disney Princess books.

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