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Brown Rabbit in the City by Natalie Russell

Brown Rabbit in the CityBrown Rabbit in the City by Natalie Russell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rendered in what seems like a combination of ink and digital coloring, this book describes exactly a visit to a friend who lives in a city. It is sweet and fast and the muted, soft colors and designs are visually appealing. I really enjoyed this book and I will enjoy sharing it with others.

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Zoo Ah-Chooo by Peter Mandel

Zoo Ah-ChooooZoo Ah-Choooo by Peter Mandel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If you are going to use rhymes, make it consistent. The random slant and near rhymes mixed with only some perfect rhymes is unappealing. It’s too bad, the idea is fun and illustrations not bad.

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Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Perfect SquarePerfect Square by Michael Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This introduction to the square and its possibilities is a great storytime book. Not only are there colors to identify, but this book offers a slew of companion crafts and introduction to shapes. Bright, old and colorful.

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Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

The Boss BabyThe Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is…adorable. There is no better word. Baby as an office tycoon is the best ongoing analogy ever. I highly recommend this title. It has dynamic and fun illustrations. And really. It is just fun.

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“Unspoken” by Henry Cole

Unspoken: A Story From the Underground RailroadUnspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such dynamic pencil sketches that really brings emotion to such an awful period in American History. The little girl in the story understands that what she does is illegal, yet her compassion motivates her to help an escaped slave in the way the she can. Wordless and enigmatic, this picturebook is worth a read.

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“David Gets in Trouble” by David Shannon

David Gets In TroubleDavid Gets In Trouble by David Shannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Colorful. Fun. Right to the point.

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“The Stranger” by Chris Van Allsburg

The StrangerThe Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surreal.

But beautiful.

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Maurice Sendak: 3 Picturebooks

Bumble-ArdyBumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Layers of awesomeness that push the genre of picturebooks. Children will enjoy the rhymes and the distinctive Sendak illustrations. Adults will enjoy the innuendo. A great final send-off by the single greatest picturebook author/illustrator who ever lived.

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In the Night KitchenIn the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A recent re-reading to my storytime group: this book is amazing. It demonstrates childhood imagination, adult colonization on children’s imagination and still harkens to historical picturebook art history.

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Where the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I also read this to my storytime group today. Seriously, this must be the single greatest picturebook of all time. The layers of meaning, of implication, of suggestion are just so dense, so deep and yet so simple that this book appeals to EVERYONE. The three year olds love it (especially gnashing teeth and EAT YOU UP!), the parents love it, the children’s lit scholars love it (the perfectly balanced word to illustration ratio expanding as Max travels to the Wild Things, three full page spreads that bleed off the page and then the same opposing ratio to the final page “it was still hot” with only words gives me shivers). It has been analyzed to death, but it cannot be loved to death.

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Elephant Elephant: Book of Opposites by Francesco Pittau

Elephant Elephant: A Book of OppositesElephant Elephant: A Book of Opposites by Francesco Pittau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This books is amazingly French.

There are so many interesting spreads as to the nature of opposites.

You really just need to read it for yourself to judge.

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