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The True Story of Zippy Chippy

Perfect Picture Book Friday

I didn’t expect The True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn’t (North-South Books, 2020) by Artie Bennett and illustrated by Dave Szalay to make me laugh out loud, but it did. Who’d have thought a true story about a loser could be so fun? And touching?

Zippy Chippy was a racehorse descended from legend racehorses, who couldn’t win a race. He even lost a 40 yard race against a human baseball player! He retired after losing 100 races, yet somehow his popularity has grown.

Definitely read the back matter after the story. It’s so fascinating.

Read the author’s amusing bio here. And read about Artie’s other books here.

You can find the illustrator’s bio here where you’ll find out he’s also an author. There are lots of sample illustrations on his home page. I like many of his other illustrations here, too.

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No Party Poopers

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It’s not out till June, but you’ll want to check out No Party Poopers (little bee books, 2020) by Gretchen McLellan and illustrated by Lucy Semple.

Two friends want to have a party, but everyone bear suggests, panda has an excuse why they shouldn’t be invited. Rhinos? Might pop the balloons. Peacocks? Show offs. Pigs? Hog all the honey buns. PAWSitively no party poopers allowed! But who’s the real party pooper?

Both in text and art this humorous tale will be fun for children and adults. And don’t we all have someone in our lives who finds the negative in everything? I love what bear finally does when panda has turned down every idea. This book could also be used to teach about acceptance and differences.

Check out author Gretchen McLellan’s other books here and read about her here. I love her sense of humor.

Illustrator Lucy Semple is from the UK. Read about her here and check out some of her work here. I love her use of vibrant colors.

Click on the publisher’s link to see some inside spreads.

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Caveboy Crush

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Caveboy Crush (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019) by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Joseph Kuefler is a darling picture book. I love the humor.

Neander is a cave boy who has a crush on the perfect girl. He tries to impress her, but unfortunately Neanne thinks his crushing is crazy. Until…

Well, you’ll have to read it yourself.

Author Beth Ferry has many other books which you can read about here including two new ones coming out this year. Read about her here.

Illustrator Joseph Kuefler is a writer as well. See his books here. But children’s books are his side job. Read more here.

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A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

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Hippy-Hoppy ToadA Hippy-Hoppy Toad (Schwartz & Wade, 2018) by Peggy Archer and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf is a delightful picture book that makes me smile.
Toad is on a teeter-totter twig in the middle of the road, when SNAP he goes flying and lands in a tree. Along his journey he meets a bird, a bee, a cricket, a dog, a lizard, the wind, and a shoe, then ends up back where he started.
The rhyme and rhythm work well. That and the alliteration make for a great read-aloud.
The illustrations are so much fun. I love the toad’s expressions and the leaves are beautiful. Watch for the additional creatures only in the images.
The book won the 2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection.
Author Peggy Archer writes picture books and board books. Read about her here. Take note of her poetry journey. You can follow Peggy on Twitter here.
Illustrator Anne Wilsdorf has illustrated many books in both English and French. See all her books here. Anne lives in Switzerland.

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Business Pig

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BusinessPigBusiness Pig (Sterling Children’s Books, 2018) by Andrea Zuill is a darling book.
Everyone notices their something different about Jasper when he is born. Not only doesn’t he fit in with the rest of the pigs, he continues on a different path. Therefore, when Jasper wants to be adopted he goes about it in a unique way.
I love the humor in the artwork that adds to the humorous text. The book has something for both kids and adults to enjoy.
This is author/illlustrator Andrea Zuill’s fourth book.
Sweety.jpgHer newest book, Sweety, about a naked mole rat, comes out from Schwartz & Wade this month.
Read about Andrea here or follow her on Twitter here.

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