Picture Book of the Week: When Sheep Cannot Sleep – The Counting Book

| November 29, 2013

I hadn’t heard of author/illustrator Satoshi Kitamura until Mama Funk began taking a course in children’s picture book illustrating (the course was analyzing picture books, not learning how to draw them). When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book (originally published in 1988) was on the course’s syllabus, and rightfully so. This book sparked an animated discussion regarding the […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Jangles – A Big Fish Story

| November 22, 2013

Written (and, of course, illustrated) by OtLS favorite, David Shannon, Jangles: A Big Fish Story tells the story of the legendary fish that no one’s been able to catch. First, the narrator explains the historic lore of Jangles, then how Jangles got his name (his mouth is pierced with innumerable hooks and he makes a jangling sound when he is […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Cat Nights

| October 11, 2013

Although Cat Nights isn’t explicitly about Halloween, it’s about a 263-year-young witch (named Felicity). Felicity has been counting the days until this milestone birthday because as everyone knows, when a witch turns 263, she is finally allowed to turn herself into a cat. However … a witch may only turn into a cat 8 times in her life … […]

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Picture Book of the Week: If I Built a House

| September 13, 2013

I’m quickly becoming a pretty big fan of Chris Van Dusen, and admittedly, I probably haven’t even read half of the books he’s written and/or illustrated. Circus Ship is a classic in some people’s minds, but I have to admit that I think I like the pair of If I Built a … books even […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Won Ton – A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

| September 6, 2013

I first came across this book when it won the 2012-13 Chickadee Award (an award voted on each year by children in the state of Maine). Before reading it I thought, eh, just another cat book … but WOW! This tale of a cat going from shelter to new home and becoming part of a family is wonderfully […]

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Picture Book of the Week: 1 Zany Zoo

| August 30, 2013

A Rhyming and counting book, 1 Zany Zoo is a quick romp through the zoo during the hours just before opening time. When the animals get out of their cages (by stealing the zookeepers keys), a little boy gets to see them giving each other haircuts, playing musical chairs, performing concerts, and all sorts of other wacky activities. […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

| August 23, 2013

The premise of this book is hilarious: of course a buffalo should be allowed in kindergarten. And just like all kindergarteners, things are easier for some kids than others. Holding scissors may be new for your child, but it’s definitely new for a buffalo. And your child might be nervous about kindergarten, but that doesn’t compare with buffalo […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Nugget & Fang

| August 9, 2013

Written by Tammi Sauer, an up and coming (or rather, just up, since she’s already come, having released a dozen or so picture books) picture book author, Nugget & Fang tells the story of an unlikely pair of friends: Nugget the minnow and Fang the Shark. When Nugget starts minnow school, his teacher and classmates tell […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Señorita Gordita

| August 2, 2013

If there’s one thing this world needs, it’s more children’s books about anthropomorphic food (who’s with me?)! And if it’s Mexican food, all the better. In Señorita Gordita, Helen Ketteman tells the story of a freshly cooked gordita who attempts to outrun a variety desert creatures, but she’s also sneakily teaching us Spanish all the […]

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Picture Book of the Week: Shark vs. Train

| July 19, 2013

Dive into a child’s imagination! Or maybe steamroll in! No matter how you get to Shark vs. Train, you’ll come out wanting to play with toys.  Written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, this picture book pits a shark against a train in competition after competition. Every time shark wins one, train wins […]

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