One Cool Friend
My favorite part of this book was the illustrations. They weren’t anything too complex, in fact they were basically composed of squiggles and shading, but that’s my favorite type of illustration because I can do that too! I also really like how thoughts and dialogue were distinguished with the use of thought and speech bubbles.
Again, I really liked the illustrations of this book and the use of color to point out important subjects of the story. I thought this book would end with the stalking carrots were just in Jasper’s imagination, making the story a tale for children to relate to whenever they were scared of something, but that was not the case. I don’t think it’s too scary for children, but it is creepy.
Green is now my favorite color! Gorgeous canvas artwork for a very simple book.
Nana in the City
Is it sad to say that this book made my top 15 because of Nana’s cats?! I also think that this book exemplifies that giving a child a little boost of confidence, whether through a pep talk or a brave, red cape, can really change their negative outlooks into positive ones.
There is so much to appreciate about this book. The illustrations were interesting, part clay animation with a Frida doll in different positions, and part beautiful water colors drawings. Frida’s life story was told in so few words, and it works because the words that Morales chose are so packed with meaning.
No words. A present-day bird in a dinosaur museum. Was it Ben Stiller inspired book or was it all in the birds imagination. It’s up to the readers/viewers interpretation.
I’ve actually read this book before and I adore it every time. It’s not a story about a magical box of yarn, it’s a story about how one little girl can bring so much color and wonder into the world. Kindness and generosity will always trump greed.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
This last page is my favorite part of this book! I can just imagine reading this to children and watching their excitement and frustration with Sam and Dave as they dig in the wrong direction every time. Fun book!
Flora and the Flamingo
I think that wordless books are becoming my favorite books. Why not let the children make up their own stories? It’s a great way for them to use their imaginations in a literary way.
AGAIN, no words!! I loved how imaginative the illustrations were, but I appreciated them even more when I read the little blurb about the author at the end. You can definitely see that Becker’s love of history and travel really influences his work.
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Though the thought of my future child having an imaginary friend scares me (I’m not sure why) I thought that this story was very cute. I’ve never thought about the imaginary friend seeking out the real-world child before.
David Weisner’s artwork is so stunning that no words are needed to tell this story about a boy’s imaginary world where clouds are created.
My Friend Rabbit
This story is perfect for teaching children patience when it comes to their friendships. They may have a clumsy friend like rabbit, but they have to learn to stay calm and be patient even if trouble seems inevitable.
This story is a precious reminder for us all to take time out of routine to just be close to one another and to not let the business and loudness take over our entire lives. Plus, I loved the graphic novel like layout of this one.
A Ball for Daisy
I couldn’t say it better than the jacket description: “This is the story of a dog and her ball. Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka brings us a tender and beautiful WORDLESS picture book about what it’s like to lose something special – and find a friend.” This book reminded me of my first day of school when I wasn’t allowed to take my blanket. We all have these objects that bring us comfort, but we soon realize that true friendship isn’t always tangible.