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Zen Shorts
4.24
it was amazing
This is a story about a zen philosophy toting giant panda named Stillwater. He shares ancient zen parables with the children he befriends to help them ...more
Jan 2006
May 16, 2007
 
Grandpa Green
4.11
liked it
Maybe I'm wrong and more kids will be drawn into the images than I realize, but I'm having trouble seeing Grandpa Green as anything other than a fathe ...more
not set
May 25, 2011
 
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me
4.10
liked it
I love Marcel. I LOVE him, Internet. But I do not totally love this book. Here's why: as nicely painted as its pages are, I don't understand why it's ...more
not set
Dec 04, 2011
 
Bink & Gollie (Bink & Gollie, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
I read this as soon as it came out in 2010. Several of my most trusty kid-lit sources were likening it to the very best early-reader pals ––Frog & ...more
Sep 13, 2010
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Aug 16, 2010
 
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
4.06
it was amazing
Holy crapoly, this may be the most intense picture book I've ever read. Sparse language combined with simple black, white and red line drawings tell t ...more
not set
Aug 24, 2007
 
Who Wants to Be a Poodle, I Don't
3.75
really liked it
As I have said many times before, Lauren Child is pretty much the best. She is my illustration super-hero. The pictures are fun and crafty and the typ ...more
Sep 24, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
Two for One (Bink & Gollie, #2)
4.23
it was amazing
For a book of few words, Bink & Gollie inspired a lofty wordcount from me. Read my review of Book 1 by clicking here; it sums up much of how I f ...more
Jul 26, 2013
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Jul 26, 2013
 
It's Christmas, David!
4.12
really liked it
A NEW DAVID BOOK!

That's what I said upon finding this on the shelf in my local library. I love that. When something you would have anticipated the arr
...more
Oct 26, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
 
The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder
4.00
it was amazing
Oh man, even better than the original.

Chowder, still eccentric (but now with kickball buddies), is enrolled in etiquette school, and made to perform i
...more
Aug 2007
Aug 28, 2007
 
Eloise: The Absolutely Essential
4.20
it was amazing
Well, obviously.

I read Eloise for the first time at the tender age of twenty-two. Like Dr. Seuss, Eloise is a genre unto itself, with a style of langu
...more
Oct 2006
May 24, 2007
 
I'm a Shark
4.03
it was amazing
I think Bob Shea is officially our go to author when we need to buy a present. Earlier this week I handed Ben a pile of Nicole-approved picture books ...more
not set
Jul 26, 2011
 
Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully
3.65
really liked it
Story itself is about a 3. It's just not very rhythmic. But I love love love LeYeun Pham's illustration. Her expressions are perfect and adorable. I p ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
Race You to Bed
3.76
really liked it
Another fun read aloud and bedtime story. Not a knee-slapper like Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, but clever and cute, with images I really wanted to linger on, ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2010
 
Zen Ghosts
4.18
it was amazing
SO LOVELY. The illustrations are overwhelming beautiful (something anyone who looks at Muth's work is used to), but this time they're also funnier (th ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
 
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
3.99
it was amazing
I can't make it past page one of most children's poetry books, but this one is different. The colors drew me in first. While I'm not in love with the ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
 
The Missing Piece
4.27
really liked it
Makes you think. At first it just seemed like a terribly sweet "I'mma give this one to ma boyfriend!" type book. Then it spit the missing piece out an ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 01, 2009
 
Flight of the Dodo
3.90
really liked it
Man, I recommended this book to sooooo many people based solely on Peter Brown's awesome illustration without every having actually READ it. I mean, I ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 24, 2009
 
The Library
4.32
really liked it
As much as I love and relate to a story about a girl with her head in a book, Elizabeth Brown is kind of a nut bag. And HOW does she afford all these ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
 
Mars Needs Moms!
4.12
liked it
By Berkeley Breathed (the same guy who did Edwurd Fudwupper -- also really good!). So the story is this: a little boy doesn't appreciate his mom. He l ...more
Apr 2007
May 16, 2007
 
The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln
4.04
liked it
Like the title says... this is a book about a boy named Benjy, who looks like Lincoln. All the local kids torment him because of his face, and he's ev ...more
Apr 2007
May 16, 2007
 
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
4.07
it was amazing
I. Love. The. Illustration. Pure eye candy. The colors are gorgeous. The details are wonderful (I can imagine reading this with a small child and coun ...more
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May 05, 2011
 
This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness
4.22
really liked it
Initially I picked this up for Pamela Zagarenski's illustration. I'd read "Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors" and loved her subtle use of colo ...more
Oct 15, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
 
Martin Pebble
4.55
it was amazing
The story of a boy who blushes too much (except when he has a good reason to) and must suffer others incessant remarks about his condition. He befrien ...more
Mar 14, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
 
A Pet for Petunia
4.01
it was amazing
At 10:30 am on Monday, May 9th, I conquered one of my greatest fears --- story time at the bookstore.

Of the three books I read (this, I Must Have Bobo
...more
not set
May 10, 2011
 
Tiny Little Fly
3.95
liked it
Loved the illustration. Kinda like Brian Wildsmith with Adobe Illustrator. There is no story here though, just an unnecessary fold-out gimmick that'll ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
 
Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated
3.94
it was amazing
It goes without saying that Lane Smith's illustrations are wonderful and funny, but there's one page in particular I wanted to tear out, frame, and ha ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
 
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee
4.35
it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite books to look at. You can just pour over Van Dusen's illustration. The colors, the light, and especially his sense of spac ...more
not set
Sep 19, 2009
 
Great Joy
4.20
did not like it
All kinds of boring. And preachy. I just don't think Kate DiCamillio is made for the picture book format, or maybe she just hasn't hit her stride. (Ot ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 05, 2009
 
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
4.39
it was amazing
GENIUS. As usual. When I saw this on the shelf at the store I made my husband come stand by me while I read it aloud to him. There were no children wi ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2012
 
Stuck
4.22
really liked it
A boy's kite gets stuck in a tree, so he tries throwing something at it to get it down. Then that gets stuck, so he throws something else. Then that g ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2011
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