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Not Quite Snow White

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Today’s delightful book is Not Quite Snow White (Harper, 2019) by Ashley Franklin and Ebony Glenn.

“For Tameika, it was always the right time and place to dance and sing.” She’s confident, adorable, and fun. She’s played different roles in a variety of shows. She has a helpful attitude with her friends. But when she plans to audition for Snow White, she hears whispers that make her doubt.

My favorite line is “She loved herself as much as she loved music and movement.” I love the ending. And I love the art–perfect marriage between words and illustration.

You can see what author Ashley Franklin is up to by following her on Twitter.

Check out Ebony’s lovely illustrations here–be sure to click on the screen to see them all. Read about the illustrator here.

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Poetree

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Poetree (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2019) by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds and illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani makes me smile. I love the developing friendship. This is one sweet book.

It’s spring and Sylvia celebrates by writing a poem. She ties her poem to a birch tree in the park. The next day her poem has been replaced by another. The tree is writing back! Her daydreams about the tree get her in trouble at school. But then something surprising happens.

Poetree was on the Spring 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List and received a starred review in School Library Journal.

Author Shauna LaVoy Renolds says she writes “uncommon stories for uncommon children.” Read more about her here. Poetree is her debut picture book.

Check out illustrator Shahrzad Maydani’s illustrations and sketches on Instagram. Read about her here.

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Sheep Won’t Sleep

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Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s (Holiday House, 2017) by Judy Cox and illustrated by Nina Cuneo takes a fun twist on the old adage of counting by sheep.

Clarissa can’t sleep. She’s tried everything, but nothing works, so she tries counting by sheep. But it doesn’t work either. Instead, she has ten sheep in her room. The sheep make a suggest and her problem gets hilariously worse.

I love the surprise ending.

Read about the author here and see her other books here. Check out illustrator Nina Cuneo here.

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My Hair

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My Hair (Faber & Faber, September 2019) by Hannah Lee and illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan is such an appealing book. And I have one copy to give away. (Comment for a chance to win–I’ll randomly draw a name on August 13th. USA only.)

Getting ready for her birthday, a little girl has to decide how to style her hair. Dreadlocks, braids, shaved, cropped, wrapped? She shares about her family and friends and their hair before deciding on something else.

The story is written in rhyme and makes me smile each time I read it. The illustrations are adorable.

Read more about UK debut author, Hannah Lee’s book publication, here. Info about illustrator Allen Fatimaharan and his work can be found here. This is his first picture book, too.

FYI, I received one copy of the book for an honest review.

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Ghost Cat

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Ghost Cat (Neal Porter Books, 2019) by Kevan Atteberry is such a tender and moving story. It should be in every library! And would be an encouragement for anyone who has lost a pet.

A little boy discovers a ghost cat in his house. He almost sees it through flashes and blurs. He feels it at night but when he looks it’s gone. He hears it do things his cat used to do–knock a book off a shelf, play in the aquarium, mewing and more. There’s a lovely surprise ending.

I love the illustrations–the ghost cat is not at all creepy as it might be. Take a look at Kevan’s extensive illustration work for kids and other. And look at his samples of Monster-a-Day.

You can see other books Kevan has illustrated, or written and illustrated, here.

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