Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig Steig, William. 1969. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Ill. by William Steig. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks. ISBN-13: 9780812401042 In the classic book, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, William Steig tells the story of a young donkey that stumbles across a red, magic stone one day on an adventure in the woods.  Immediately, Sylvester finds himself amazed […]

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems Willems, Mo. 2012. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. Ill. by Mo Willems. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 9780062104182 Get ready to laugh your head off as you read Mo Willem’s reimagining of the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” story.  In this version, the reader gets acquainted with three dinosaurs, Mama Dinosaur, Papa Dinosaur, […]

Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan Bryan, Ashley. 2003. Beautiful Blackbird. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishng. ISBN 9780689847318 In Ashley Bryan’s Beautiful Blackbird, a group of colorful African songbirds love and praise the titular creature who they deem the prettiest among them. All of the birds love blackbird so much, in fact, that they want to have black markings […]

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague Teague, Mark. 2013. The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf. New York: Scholastic, Inc. ISBN 978-0439915014 Mark Teague’s fractured fairy tale version of The Three Little Pigs opens on a farmhouse scene, as the three pigs are told that their farmer owners will be moving to Florida. Upon leaving the farm, the first pig […]

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis In his book, Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie, J. Patrick Lewis takes readers on an incredible journey by taking fourteen famous poems and turning them into math teasers.  Many of the poems contain rhyme, and all of them contain beautifully rendered illustrations by Michael Slack that enhance the reader’s visual experience.  Children will discover goofy […]

Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull Like any traditional biography, Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer take their readers on a journey in their picture book biography, Lincoln Tells a Joke, as they present facts about the life of Abraham Lincoln.  Much like any other informational book would do, Lincoln Tells a Joke informs readers that Lincoln was born in a […]

Animals Nobody Loves by Seymour Simon In his photo essay book, Animals Nobody Loves, Seymour Simon presents readers with facts and photographs depicting twenty animals that are often hated and feared.  Among others, these animals include the grizzly bear, the devil ray, the gila monster, the man-of-war, and the piranha.  In this book, Simon works to dispel bad reputations based […]

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery With whiskers like a cat and soft feathers that make it flightless, the kakapo may be considered the world’s strangest parrot.  Once ubiquitous, the kakapo has struggled for many years to remain present in this world. It has been hunted by indigenous groups, killed by predators introduced by humans, and struggled with the birth […]