Picture Book of the Week: Flora and the Flamingo

| December 27, 2013

From OtLS favorite, Molly Idle, this wordless picture book is flat-out awesome! I just bought my first copy of Flora and the Flamingo to give away as a gift. This book falls into so many categories, but let me first tell you what it’s about. Flora (who appears to be an aspiring toddler ballerina-swimmer), begins […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

| November 15, 2013

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell will give anyone the confidence to be proud of who they are. Molly Lou Melon, is short, bucktoothed, and sounds funny, but her grandmother always told her to believe in herself and be proud of herself, so that’s what she does. When she moves to a new […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Monster Needs a Costume

| October 25, 2013

Remember Fancy Nancy? Remember how it started with some hardcover picture books, then branched out to easy readers, sticker books, coloring books, and a series of chapter book mysteries? Do you remembering walking through Target and staring in amazement at an entire row filled with Fancy Nancy toys, dolls, games, and all sorts of other paraphernalia? Of course you do […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Vunce Upon a Time

| September 20, 2013

How do you write a children’s picture book starring a vampire? Make him vegetarian, of course! Then you get rid of all the gruesome blood-sucking related stigmas and are left with a coffin-sleeping, night-time waking, bat-transforming, garlic-fearing creature who only likes to eat vegetables. And candy… Vunce Upon a Time is rated Buy It!

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Picture Book of the Week: Just Being Audrey

| August 16, 2013

The life of Audrey Hepburn is told comprehensively and illustrated beautifully in Just Being Audrey. Margaret Cardillo reveals the many (and there are many) interesting and important details of Audrey Hepburn’s life including childhood ballet aspirations in Belgium, hiding in a country home in Holland during World War II, a transition to acting in London and France, her Broadway debut, and […]

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Picture Book of the Week: A Rule Is to Break – A Child’s Guide to Anarchy

| July 26, 2013

What a great find from an independent book store! A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy is hilarious and filled with innumerable (only because I haven’t counted them) lessons for children. Beginning with “The opposite of rules is anarchy! There are plenty of ways to make anarchy,” this book doesn’t disappoint. With illustrations reminiscent […]

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Picture Book of the Week: The Monstore

| July 5, 2013

From debut picture book author extraordinaire Tara Lazar comes The Monstore. In an effort to rid himself of his annoying little sister, Zack purchases a monster (from The Monstore, of course) to scare her. When the first monster doesn’t appear to work, Zack heads back to The Monstore to return the ineffective beast. To his dismay, returns […]

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Picture Book of the Week: The Circus Ship

| June 28, 2013

I’m on a rhyming picture book kick (this shouldn’t surprise anyone), so this week I’d like to highlight The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen (you might recognize his artwork from the Mercy Watson series – or one of the several other rhyming picture books he’s written and illustrated). Although the book was inspired by true story, […]

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Picture Book of the Week: The Three Ninja Pigs

| June 21, 2013

Dan Santat has been mesmerizing me and my children for the last several years. We first came across his illustrations in Nanny Piggins, but then I feel like I started seeing his stuff everywhere (and not just because he’s mastered the social networking landscape). “Oh, look, Michael Buckley (author of The Sisters Grimm series) wrote […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Iggy Peck, Architect

| May 10, 2013

Iggy Peck, Architect, by Andrea Beaty is one of the more inventive rhyming picture books I’ve read in years. Iggy Peck has a deep love for the art of architecture. The plot (Iggy’s second grade teacher hates architecture, and through a series of events, Iggy’s skill ends up saving the class on a field trip) is secondary to the […]

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