For a long time, the animals have wondered what the moon tasted like, but none of them could touch it, no matter how hard they tried — that is, until a tenacious little tortoise decides to aim much higher and spontaneously kick-starts an ambitious plan that requires the animals to work together to literally reach their common goal.
The recent trend of high-quality picturebook biographies is one that I hope will continue, since there’s nothing more edifying than learning about the inspiring lives of real people. These artists’ biographies are particularly apt for the picturebook medium since their life’s work is pictorial by nature. The authors and illustrators of these books have also done a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the artists and their unique visions.
When her teacher, Mr Benedict (eggs, anyone?), informs the class that chickens can’t see in the dark, little Pippa sets out to prove otherwise.
Anyone familiar with high-rise living will be able to relate to the residents of the noisy building in this book, each of whom has to contend with some rather strange noises travelling down from the apartment above them — never mind the fact that most of them are guilty of making a racket themselves.
The folk poem that inspired this book and countless similar iterations has become so ubiquitous that most people must have heard or read at least one version of it — with some attempting to water down the provocative “perhaps she’ll die” refrain with something more politically correct.
Bears and underwear are somewhat separate clichés in kidlit. But putting TWO awkward-looking bears in ONE supersized pair of tighty-whities on the book cover is so awesomely hilarious that it’s completely genius.
Blessed are the toys — or paper dolls, as the case may be — who have little girls (or boys) who play with them and bring them on adventures, and this is the story of one such little girl’s paperdoll chain, whose names are Ticky, Tacky, Jackie the Backie (so named because her back is, quirkily, permanently turned), Jim with two noses, and Jo with the bow. Then again, you could say that the good fortune is mutual since these imaginary adventures are fun for all.
A paper-doll princess is blown away by the wind before she is given hair by the little girl who created her. After a series of misadventures, she meets a kind jay who takes pity on her and helps her to make her way back to where — and whom — she belongs.