This simple board book stars a sad looking fish and a pink sea creature who tells him not to be worried, not to be sad, not to be scared and not to be mad. It turns out all the fish needed was a little smooch, and he becomes a smiley fish again. This basic book is perfect for babies and toddlers, and teaches that smiles can be found with just a little encouragement.
This charming picture book originally published in France in 2013 is about a little girl who believes she has "superpowers". She can make things disappear (like cupcakes), make plants stop moving, and become invisible when something breaks in the house. One day she falls while "flying" and her superpowers disappear. Just like that. And her knee starts to hurt and she starts to cry. Then she learns that her mom has superpowers too! Magic kisses can make things all better again. A very pleasant book about a child and love for a parent.
This picture book first published in the Netherlands is a gem. I loved it from the very first spread--a drawing of a bird opposite of the word yearning. Followed by hoping, expecting, marveling--each showing a beautiful bird in a stage of parenting. Each spread consists of a word opposite a bird--and the pages with words become increasingly more complex in design. When I got to the final page, letting go, I was so impressed with the beauty of the book. Mies Van Hout is becoming one of my favorite author/illustrators.
Pippi Longstocking is available as a comic! Over several four page spreads, Pippi's stories are told. You learn about her strength, her bad manners, her oddities, and all of her friends. You meet Pippi's father, the king of the Kurrakurradootas on Kurrakurradoot Island. The illustrations and stories are charming and this is a good introduction to Pippi for children who are not quite ready for the novel yet. Don't miss the other comic, Pippi Moves In.
Words With Wings, by the author of the Dyamonde Daniel series for young readers, is about a girl named after a creature with wings, the angel Gabriel. Gabriella loves to daydream, and daydreaming helps her cope with her parent's recent divorce. However Gabby still craves her mother's and her teacher Mr. Spicer's approval. Gabby tries to stop daydreaming, but Mr.
Dot is a young lady obsessed with electronic devices. She taps, touches, tweets, tags, and so on. And she talks and talks, using multiple devices. Finally, Dot's mom sends her outside to "Reboot! Recharge! Restart!" And Dot finds herself tapping, touching, tweeting, and tagging outside. And she still could talk and talk and talk. This is a fun story comparing electronic devices to outdoor play. The illustrations were created using traditional media and Photoshop. Recommended for early elementary age students.
In this book, translated from the French, a duckling is determined to be first at everything in his day, from going outside, to fishing, to bathing, to lunch. Until he hears humans at lunchtime discussing the lunchtime menu: duck. He slinks away slyly, meowing all the way. He has learned that being first is maybe not always the best option! I love Di Giacomo's illustrations--bright and vibrant colors. Highly recommended for preschool through grade 2.