2017 Fiction Picture Books Reviewed

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Unless eggs happen to be on an animal's diet, if found they might approach them with the same curiosity as we humans do.  What is this?  Does it belong to someone?  What's inside?  Beloved and esteemed author illustrator Kevin Henkes released his fiftieth title on January 3, 2017.   Egg (Greenwillow Books) is full of all those little moments which make life as wonderful as it can be.

Unless eggs happen to be on an animal's diet, if found they might approach them with the same curiosity as we humans do. What is this? Does it belong to someone? What's inside? Beloved and esteemed author illustrator Kevin Henkes released his fiftieth title on January 3, 2017. Egg (Greenwillow Books) is full of all those little moments which make life as wonderful as it can be.

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At the conclusion of that title the frog was in a less than comfortable position.  You could say he was in a difficult state of affairs.  In a sequel Oi DOG! (Hodder Children's Books, July 28, 2016, UK) authors Kes Gray and Claire Gray collaborate with Jim Field as the frog airs his dissatisfaction with the rules.

At the conclusion of that title the frog was in a less than comfortable position. You could say he was in a difficult state of affairs. In a sequel Oi DOG! (Hodder Children's Books, July 28, 2016, UK) authors Kes Gray and Claire Gray collaborate with Jim Field as the frog airs his dissatisfaction with the rules.

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Cravings for a particular cuisine are a powerful thing.  Nanette's Baguette (Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Group, October 25, 2016) words and pictures by Mo Willems follows a frog during a food fiasco.  A first becomes the worst.

Cravings for a particular cuisine are a powerful thing. Nanette's Baguette (Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Group, October 25, 2016) words and pictures by Mo Willems follows a frog during a food fiasco. A first becomes the worst.

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I know this because of their willingness to speak out for what is right for today and tomorrow.  Hug It Out! (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, January 3, 2017) a debut picture book, written and illustrated by Louis Thomas, will have readers nodding knowingly and grinning from ear to ear because they can see themselves in this story.

I know this because of their willingness to speak out for what is right for today and tomorrow. Hug It Out! (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, January 3, 2017) a debut picture book, written and illustrated by Louis Thomas, will have readers nodding knowingly and grinning from ear to ear because they can see themselves in this story.

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It's important to look beyond the obvious.  It's important to assign a more imaginative definition to the everyday things in our world.  If I had a little dream (A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, February 7, 2017) written by Nina Laden with illustrations by Melissa Castrillon is filled with marvelous insights, a beautiful outlook on the ordinary, using the vision of a child.

It's important to look beyond the obvious. It's important to assign a more imaginative definition to the everyday things in our world. If I had a little dream (A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, February 7, 2017) written by Nina Laden with illustrations by Melissa Castrillon is filled with marvelous insights, a beautiful outlook on the ordinary, using the vision of a child.

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Children love to open the envelopes, look at what is inside and read them over and over.  SNAIL MAIL With Pull-Out Postcards (Hodder Children's Books, September 8, 2016 UK, Hachette's Children's Books, April 4, 2017 US) written and illustrated by Sharon King-Chai is a charming, colorful ode to waiting for the delivery of news from a missed companion.

Children love to open the envelopes, look at what is inside and read them over and over. SNAIL MAIL With Pull-Out Postcards (Hodder Children's Books, September 8, 2016 UK, Hachette's Children's Books, April 4, 2017 US) written and illustrated by Sharon King-Chai is a charming, colorful ode to waiting for the delivery of news from a missed companion.

Queen of colorful collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor winner for Color Zoo, and maker of marvelous titles for the very youngest readers, Lois Ehlert, has a new book.  Heart to Heart (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, January 3, 2016) is like holding happiness in your hands.  Its cleverness is cozy and comfortable; a rebus brimming with puns.

Queen of colorful collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor winner for Color Zoo, and maker of marvelous titles for the very youngest readers, Lois Ehlert, has a new book. Heart to Heart (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, January 3, 2016) is like holding happiness in your hands. Its cleverness is cozy and comfortable; a rebus brimming with puns.

When you send mail filled with affection to your heart's desire for the first time, it is done with a great deal of hope.  XO, OX  A Love Story (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, January 3, 2017) with words by Adam Rex and pictures by Scott Campbell is a tale of a rocky road to love, letter by letter.  You will find yourselves cheering for one character while wondering about the indifference of the other.  You will undoubtedly find yourselves hardly able to keep from grinning and…

When you send mail filled with affection to your heart's desire for the first time, it is done with a great deal of hope. XO, OX A Love Story (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, January 3, 2017) with words by Adam Rex and pictures by Scott Campbell is a tale of a rocky road to love, letter by letter. You will find yourselves cheering for one character while wondering about the indifference of the other. You will undoubtedly find yourselves hardly able to keep from grinning and…

If we are facing an event with a specific outcome in mind, we may wear certain clothing or carry a good luck charm.  Because of Thursday (A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, October 18, 2016) written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco follows the life of one woman whose happiness stems from the fourth day of the week.

If we are facing an event with a specific outcome in mind, we may wear certain clothing or carry a good luck charm. Because of Thursday (A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, October 18, 2016) written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco follows the life of one woman whose happiness stems from the fourth day of the week.

At times like this there is only one person in the world you want, especially if you are a younger gal or guy.  Bob, Not Bob! (To be read as though you have the worst cold ever:)(Disney Hyperion, February 14, 2017) written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick with illustrations by Matthew Cordell explains with great insight and huge doses of humor exactly who this is. It is not your canine companion.  It is not your beloved stuffed animal.

At times like this there is only one person in the world you want, especially if you are a younger gal or guy. Bob, Not Bob! (To be read as though you have the worst cold ever:)(Disney Hyperion, February 14, 2017) written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick with illustrations by Matthew Cordell explains with great insight and huge doses of humor exactly who this is. It is not your canine companion. It is not your beloved stuffed animal.

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