Saturday, September 8, 2012

Picture Book Saturday (32)

Squid & Octopus: Friends for Always
By Tao Nyeu
Published 2012 by Dial Books for Young Readers
As I've mentioned before, I don't really anticipate picture books the way I anticipate middle-grade or young-adult (or even adult) fiction. However, this book was an exception. I absolutely adore Nyeu's illustration style - I would love to have prints to hang on my walls (as if I could afford such a thing, but I digress). Anyway, this book is of the recent trend in that it's actually a collection of short stories in one picture book. We follow best friends Squid and Octopus through a variety of adventures. They are all fun with lessons to be learned and illustrated gorgeously. Whimsical and delightful, this is a new favorite of mine.

A Home for Bird
By Philip C. Stead
Published 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
Vernon the toad finds Bird while he is out exploring. He is not discouraged by Bird's silence because Bird still turns out to be a pretty great friend. Eventually, Vernon begins to worry that Bird is homesick, so they pair sets out on a quest to find Bird's home. With a delightful ending and sweet illustrations, this is destined to be another new favorite.

Red Knit Cap Girl
By Naoko Stoop
Published 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
I remember stumbling upon Red Knit Cap Girl on (oh, that site!) and finding her beautiful and charming. I had no idea a picture book was coming. It does not disappoint. This story of Red Knit Cap Girl's dream of meeting the moon is magical and alluring. The illustrations are lovely and the emphasis on persisting with one's dreams is encouraging. Just beautiful.

Wanted: The Perfect Pet
By Fiona Roberton
Published 2012 by Putnam Juvenile
Henry wants a pet dog more than anything in the world, so he puts a want ad in the newspaper. Across town, Duck wants a friend. When he sees Henry's ad, he thinks this could be his chance. All he has to do is dress up like a dog - a surefire plan to a happy ending! Well, not exactly, but everything will work out in the end. This is a very sweet book about friendship and accepting each other for who you truly are. I loved this one!

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