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When a Dragon Moves In

Perfect Picture Book Friday

When a Dragon Moves In (Flashlight Press, 2011) by Jodi Moore and illustrated by Howard McWilliam is fun book about imagination.

“If you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in.” And it will be great–a built in marshmallow toaster, a raft, and a an assist with kite flying. But there are rules on the beach, so you have to hide his smoke and erase his footprints from the sand. Then he eats all of the peanut butter sandwiches, blows bubbles in your drink, and nibbles all the brownies. Which you are blamed for. Plus he kicks sand on your sister. So, you have to tell him to leave. Until…

Read about the author here and see her books here where you’ll see there’s a sequel called When a Dragon Moves In Again.

Check out the illustrator’s many children’s picture books, children’s novels, and magazine illustrations here. You can read his bio here. He also wrote and illustrated Just SNOW Already! (Flashlight Press, 2023).

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When Pencil Met the Markers

Perfect Picture Book Friday

When Pencil Met the Markers (Imprint, 2020) by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr. and illustrated by Germán Blanco is a fun and encouraging book for anyone who at some point didn’t fit in.

All the markers love to color, but the purple marker loves to color everywhere! He doesn’t stay inside the lines. When Purple is told he doesn’t fit, he feels blue. But then he meets Pencil who gives him the idea of coloring on plain paper. Pencil adds to the drawings. Not only do they have fun, but now the other markers are interested, so now they work together.

This book stands alone but is a sequel to When Pencil Met Eraser. Here’s the story behind that book from Karen. Learn more about the authors: Karen here and Luis here, and about the illustrator Germán here.

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A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

HungryLA Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals( Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016) written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins is a hilarious laugh-out-loud picture book. I love that it has twists and more twists. It’s fun to read aloud. It’s fun to go back and look at the pictures and check out what you read, in case you missed something the first time. It’s subversive. It makes me smile each time I think about it. I’ve been sharing it with others ever since I read it.
Author/illustrator Lucy Ruth Cummins is also an art director at Simon and Schuster and a very nice and intelligent lady. At her website I learned she also illustrates the covers of Stuart Gibbs books. Never knew. A Hungry Lion is her second picture book and came out in March.