Extra Yarn by Marc Barnett Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett / Illustrated by Jon Klassen Picture book         One day, Annabelle finds a box of yarn that never runs out.  She knits herself a sweater, and then one for her dog, and when her yarn supply continues to grow she gradually clothes the whole town (including people, animals, trees, buildings).  The formerly black and white town becomes a colorful place.  Then a fashion-conscious archduke – having heard of Annabelle’s magical … Read more

What to Do if an Elephant Stands on Your Foot by Michelle Robinson

Picture Book There's no hope for this young explorer – she does everything wrong! After startling the elephant when it stands on her foot, she proceeds to stir up all of the other animals. Only the monkeys can save her. The narrator is always one step behind the explorer, who can't seem to help herself. "DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO CLIMB A TREE. Oh, for goodness' sake! Go ahead, then, if you must – but … Read more

Oh So Tiny Bunny by David Kirk

Picture book Oh So Tiny Bunny is a very small bunny who knows how to dream BIG. In his dreams he is a MEGA bunny and his world is filled with appropriately super-sized bun accoutrements (enormous fields of lettuce, and clover and carrots the size of trees). No other bunnies, though, so he is lonely until a bunny friend wakes him gently from his slumber. “Oh So Tiny Bunny” cracked me up, but I wasn’t … Read more

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

Picture Book Monsters love colors AND really busy pages with scribbles and onomatopoeia! Starting out with the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) the monsters enthusiastically mix their favorite colors to make new ones (orange, green, purple, and RAINBOW), giving the new colors to smaller, gray monsters who don’t have any of their own. Rainbow deviates a bit from the formula, since mixing all the colors would likely make brown, but it makes for … Read more

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Picture book The zebra has directed the production of this book, and after consulting his list, he decides and orchestrates who or what is to appear on each page. This seems to be working out until his friend the moose gets overexcited and can’t wait his turn. “Now?” he asks, “now?” appearing on every page, much to the zebra’s frustration. When they finally get to “M is for…” he is suddenly replaced. Angry and hurt, … Read more

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

When a moose enters Wilfred’s life, he just knows “that it was meant to be his.” He names his moose Marcel, and gives him some rules to follow in order to be a good pet. Marcel isn’t particularly invested in these rules and does whatever it is that he’s decided to do – regardless. You might say that he’s his own moose. Wilfred eventually realizes, after several other people seem to know Marcel and greet … Read more

Christmas Wombat by Jackie French

Christmas Wombat by Jackie French Illustrated by Bruce Whatley   Following the format of “Diary of a Wombat,” “Christmas Wombat” details the activities of a wombat as it goes about its day – resting, scratching, eating, and discovering…CARROTS!  After a delicious snack, the wombat curls up for a nap in Santa’s sleigh and then finds itself making the rounds on Christmas Eve as packages are delivered to homes all over the world.  The wombat is … Read more

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell

Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell   Lester lives a very orderly, meticulous life until the arrival of Cousin Clara (whose “cottage was consumed by a crocodile).  She installs herself in his family’s home and begins knitting sweaters – each one more horrific than the last.  Lester manages to destroy every single one of them almost as quickly as Clara churns them out, but his reputation is beginning to suffer.  When he’s forced to wear … Read more

Homer by Elisha Cooper

Homer is an older, laid-back family dog (he looks to be a golden retriever or yellow lab). He spends a day on the porch while the other members of his family (other dogs and people, too) come and go about their business. Everyone checks in with him – inviting him along on their adventures and activities – but Homer is happy where he is. As the day draws to a close, the family returns – … Read more

Robin Where Are You? By Harriet Ziefert, Art by Noah Woods

In this picture book, a birdwatcher grandpa and his beginning birdwatcher granddaughter go birding together. Grandpa explains how to use binoculars to spot birds and helps his granddaughter find and identify the different species they encounter. Cleverly constructed foldouts allow readers to peer into trees, bushes, and brushy areas and discover the birds as the characters do. Descriptions of the birds, their songs, typical behavior, habitat information, and other facts (some are quite interesting and … Read more

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