Book Blurbs: Picture Books to Share

 Picture books are cool! On a cold winter day, what’s better than to curl up with a good book and someone to share it with? 

 Plonk! Plonk! Plonk!: A Bea and HaHa Book by Emily Jenkins and Tomek Bogacki HaHa is a small green ferret. Her friend Bea is a large blue hippo. When Bea would rather play the piano than play games with HaHa, what’s a ferret to do? Join along and sing tra la la, of course! The whimsical pictures and simple plot make this board book a charming story to share with someone small.

 My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems When Gerald the Elephant is sad, Piggie is determined cheer him up, but finds that it will take something even better than robots, clowns, or cowboys. What Elephant needs is his friend Piggie—and maybe some new glasses. Mo Willem’s quirky, expressive characters and simple repetitive language combine for a great book for beginning readers.

 The Baabaasheep Quartet by Leslie Elizabeth Watts After moving to the city, four sheep try to find somewhere they belong. But when they enter a baabaasheep quartet contest that turns out to be for barbarshop quartets instead, they discover that being unique isn’t so bad after all. The warm story and quiet humour of the illustrations make this an engaging book to share.

 Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of everything, especially things that bite like beavers, bunnies and Godzilla. He comes up a plan to meet a perfectly safe friend, but encounters a potential biter along the way! Scaredy’s elaborate plans, lists, and diagrams are the perfect touch of added humour in this fun story of friendship and overcoming your fears.

 Hansel and Diesel by David Gordon In this fairy-tale spoof, two little trucks named Hansel and Diesel get lost in a junkyard while looking for fuel. Warning: This story has a Wicked Winch! This is a great book for anyone who likes fractured fairy tales, and of course, stories about trucks.

 Summer of the Marco Polo, written by Lynne Manuel, illustrated by Kasia Charko Inspired by the journals of Lucy Maud Montgomery, this story of how a ship run aground touches the lives of a whole community is based on actual events. L.M. Montgomery’s voice shines through in the journal excerpts, and the delicate watercolour illustrations are a perfect fit. This piece of Canadianna will appeal to Anne of Green Gables fans of all ages.

 Flotsam by David Wiesner In this wordless story, a young boy finds an underwater camera on the beach, and finds some truly amazing pictures when he develops the film. Not only is the art absolutely gorgeous, but the story told by the pictures is wonderful in its simplicity and imagination. This is one of those fantastic books that will truly be enjoyed by all ages.


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