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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 The next day her poem has been replaced by another.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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When a Tree Grows

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When a Tree Grows (Sterling Children’s Books, 2019) by Cathy Ballou Mealey and illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejska is an amusing picture book.

“When a tree grows in the forest, two things could happen.” Then the pages show both choices. Each time there’s a choice where not much happens, and the second one that causes some kind of trouble.

This is the author’s debut picture book. Read more here. Learn more about Cathy here.

See more of Kasia’s delightful illustrations here and read about her here.

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The Rough Patch

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The Rough Patch (Greenwillow Books, 2018) by Brian Lies is a touching picture book. The title is appropriate physically and emotionally.

Evan and his dog do everything together. Especially in Evan’s garden. But when Evan loses his companion he hacks down and garden and lets it grow ugly. Eventually, a proper garden plant slips in and Evan begins to tend it like he should. And then . . .

I love how the story ends with hope. And I love the illustrations and how they show both good and bad times. The book is a Caldecott Honor Book and ALA Notable for 2019!

See all of Brian’s other books here. Learn about the author/illustrator here and how to pronounce his last name here–it’s not how it looks.

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Holy Squawkamole!

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Holy Squawkamole! (Sterling Children’s Books, 2019) retold by Susan Wood and illustrated by Laura González is a fresh look at an old tale.

Red Hen wants guacamole. But she has no avocados, tomatoes, onions or cilantro. Neither Coati, Snake, Armadillo, nor Iguana will help. I love how Red Hen surprises her friends and the reader.

There’s backmatter which includes info about guacamole and a glossary of terms. Susan writes fiction and nonfiction picture books. Read more here.

You can see a variety of Laura’s illustrations here.

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