Mr. Duck enjoys a quiet, structured life in the serene pond where he lives alone, and has a rigid schedule that he follows religiously every morning, right down to the precise time when he would: 1) stretch his wings; 2) fluff his feathers; and 3) glide across the perfectly still water. And that’s just the way he likes it — at least, that’s what he thinks.
These days, breaking the fourth wall seems to be part of the zeitgeist in picturebook making, but it can be a bit of a hit-and-miss sometimes. When it’s done well, though, it offers a fresh way of engaging the reader and adds a new dimension to the story. It can also widen your perception of what a book can do and be.
It’s easy to see why the Pig the Pug books are household classics in their native Australia.
Neighbours: love them or loathe them — either way, you have to learn to live with them. And so it is that when a family of gregarious rabbits decide to build their house beside that of a cantankerous, solitude-loving bear, life as the latter knows it changes for good (pun intended).
The primal instinct to protect their young can drive mothers to extreme measures. Ol’ Mama Squirrel, for one, is prepared to do anything to defend her home and babies — and woe betide anyone (or anything) that dares draw her ire! But even a fierce mama needs a little help now and then, especially when faced with a bear-sized problem.
The only thing tougher than creating a critically acclaimed bestseller, is writing its sequel, since the fans’ expectations are predictably sky high. So when it was announced that the dynamic duo of Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt were releasing the followup to The Day the Crayons Quit, the question on everyone’s mind was: will it be as good as the original? And now that we’ve finally gotten our hands on The Day the Crayons Came Home, the answer is no — it’s BETTER.
Judging from the success of The Walking Dead and the hilarious Zombieland that I finally got around to watching recently, zombies have become pretty mainstream fare. Thus, it might come as no surprise that they have also entered the realm of picture books.
Martha hates green beans. But when a gang of lean, mean and green b(e)andits swagger into town, everyone who has ever said “Eat your green beans” is in trouble — including her parents — and it’s up to Martha to save them.
With the proliferation of the Marvel/DC Comics-produced movies and cartoons, various forms of character merchandising, and most importantly, peer influence, you can’t blame a kid for aspiring to be a superhero too. But even superheroes have rules to follow, and who better to guide them than the awesome twosome of Lava Boy and Captain Magma?
Phillip and Brock are best friends and they spend all their time together. The only problem is, everyone else can’t see Brock and have labelled him “Phillip’s imaginary friend”.