While this blog is geared toward adults, I thought it would be fun to mix things up by sharing some great new picture books that I just cataloged this afternoon. After all, who doesn’t love a good picture book?
I haven’t immediately connected with a children’s book character like this since Jack the Narrator in Jon Scieszka’s The Stinky Cheese Man. Betty’s love for cake is pure and true, but she must learn the value of patience (which, as Betty points out, doesn’t taste nearly as good as cake). She’s fun, a bit bratty, loveable, and learns her lesson in the end. Sort of.
Pete is one very, very chill cat, and it’s great that he’s bringing his laid-back attitude to the school day–he doesn’t worry when he has to go someplace new. Maybe he can help some readers realize that “It’s all good,” too! You can hear the story and the song at http://harpercollinschildrens.com/petethecat.
Move over, Edward Cullen–Gibbus Moony is *the* cutest new vampire in the Bookworld. Really, Jen Corace’s illustrations are just adorable, evoking a little kid who just wants to do grown-up things. Also, Nectarians who suck the juice out of fruit is a cute idea…though Gibbus wouldn’t agree!
And I’ve saved my favorite for last:
Oh my. It’s how wall-eyed Mortimer the Zombie and his little zombie dog are, I think. It just cracks me up. Really, I’ve been glancing at this cover for over an hour and it just makes me snicker more.
The illustrations *really* make this fantastic–they’re funny and full of little jokes (like the worms that are constantly with Mortimer, just going about their business), the expressions on the characters’ faces are phenomenal, and the water-colorish style and dark palette (lots of browns, purples, and muted reds) work perfectly. Plus it’s very sweet! A great read for Halloween (or Valentine’s Day!).
Happy Friday, and I hope this inspires some folks to flip through some new children’s books whenever they get the chance. There are some real gems out there!