What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan

Sporting an irresistible bright cover, What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig is styled like an author’s train of thought, with more and more rhyming elements appearing in the book as the story progresses: a pig in a wig, a boat in a moat, a frog, a dog, and a goat on a log…

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The Empowerment Series by Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham

If you think about it, childhood is when we go through some of the steepest learning curves in life — what with learning to walk, talk, read… it’s a pretty daunting list, really. And sometimes, what everyone, much less kids, needs is a little affirmation — that pat on the back to tell them that they’re doing just fine, and a little nudge in the right direction to push them to achieve more.

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Blue on Blue by Dianne White and Beth Krommes

When I was in school, we were taught how to make simple scratchboards using only crayons and art paper, whereupon we had fun drawing on them with toothpicks and watching the riot of colours peer through the black layer. But never in my wildest dreams did I expect that this technique could be elevated to produce bona fide art (as opposed to our, ahem, chicken scratchings) — particularly that created by Beth Krommes, who combines scratchboard etchings with watercolours to produce drop-dead beautiful, unique illustrations that also tell a story. Continue reading