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When a Tree Grows

Perfect Picture Book Friday

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

Perfect Picture Book Friday

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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Perfect Picture Book Friday

Stegothesaurus (Henry Holt and Company, 2018) by Bridget Heos and illustrated by T. L. McBeth cracks me up.

Stegothesaurus is a little different from his brothers who are stegosauruses. He knows lots of words and used them to describe what he sees. When an allosaurus shows up, Stegothesaurus doesn’t run like his brothers, until…

What a great way to introduce a concept. The humor makes it a fun read-aloud. I love the surprise ending. There’s a sequel coming in 2020!

Bridget offers a free downloadable Stego poster here. Read about her many other books here.

This was the illustrator’s debut picture book. He offers Stego coloring pages here. Read about his other books here.

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Groundhug Day

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Groundhug Day (Disney Hyperion, 2017) by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by Christopher Denise is so funny. I love the twists on winter holidays (Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day).

It’s February 1st and Moose wants to have a grand party for Valentine’s Day. But Bunny points out a problem–if Groundhog sees his shadow tomorrow, he won’t be awake for the party. They and two other friends, Squirrel and Porcupine, argue about ideas to stop Groundhog from seeing his shadow. When it’s too late, they decide to show Groundhog why shadows aren’t scary. The five friends have a great day. However…

You’ll have to read the book to see the surprise ending. Read about Anne Marie’s other books here.

Illustrator Christopher Denise illustrated two of the Redwall picture books. See more here.