Great Picture Books! (22)
Welcome to another round-up of recently read and recommended picture books! In no particular order, here are the titles: let’s start off with the deliciously screwball- and beautifully illustrated- That’s Not a Hippopotamus! by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Sarah Davis, about a class trip to the zoo that goes awry when a hippopotamus goes missing and a classmate who keeps spotting the missing creature can’t get a word in edgewise; Andrea Tsurumi’s Accident!– a reread- and my goodness, this beaming and bright story about a grand string of madcap mishaps was even funnier and more uproarious upon second read; Stop That Yawn! by Caron Levis, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, an adventure-slash-get-ready-for-bedtime story that is delightfully whimsical, unique in its storytelling and layout, and eye-catching all at once; Oge Mora’s wonderfully warm debut Thank You, Omu!, a story that illustrates the deep and meaningful reach of generosity towards building friendships and community- and be sure to read the author’s notes!; the lovely and funny The Sinking of Captain Otter by Troy Wilson, illustrated by Maira Chiodi, featuring a sea captain who not only stands tall in the face of others’ judgement, but also extends kindness to a would-be foe (the sweet history of this picture book is worth a look, too!); Who Eats Orange? by Dianne White, with art by Robin Page, a stunning and terrifically simple- and perfect for a toddler and up storytime crowd- about the colours that different kinds of animals and humans eat (thanks to Raincity Librarian for introducing this title to me!); Sharee Miller’s Don’t Touch My Hair, a terrific, vibrant story that talks to the importance of respecting people’s personal space and boundaries and “the importance of asking for permission and of not being afraid to say “no”- and not being afraid to hear “no””; and last but not least, The Girl and the Wolf, written by The Break author Katherena Vermette, with art by the acclaimed Julie Flett, a gorgeous, still and reflective story that breaks the expected devious wolf narrative with a focus on capability, problem-solving, and showing sincere appreciation to the animal world. Happy reading!