This is an adorable and well-designed picture book on feelings — in particular, the overlapping diecut hearts are genius and have a tactile appeal.
In a crowded public pool, a chance encounter between two children leads to a wondrous and unforgettable flight of imagination.
Changes, changes… Change is inevitable, and how we cope with it is ultimately what makes us grow wiser.
This savvily titled bedtime book is a timely reminder to celebrate the good and happy things that happen, rather than brood on the bad.
Good picture books ought not to have an upper age limit, since they usually have something to offer to everyone — and these two extraordinary picture books prove my point. I’ve always been fascinated by the genesis of stories, and if you read enough author interviews, you’ll probably reach the conclusion that stories can grow from the darnedest things, and there’s no telling where each spark may lead.
An old pine tree is downcast when he realizes that, after being repeatedly passed over every year, he has become too overgrown to be anyone’s Christmas tree.
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.
As the cover states, no matter who you are, it’s always nice to know that someone is looking out for you. This comforting and concise book indirectly shows us how myriad elements in the universe are all interconnected, and reminds us that rather than leave someone to feel adrift at sea, we all have a duty to look out for one another — to keep each other safe.