As the end of the year draws nearer and nearer, more and more FANTASTIC picture books keep coming to our attention. Here are a few more that we think may have a chance at winning the coveted Caldecott Medal in 2014.
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|Mr. Wuffles is a black cat who really doesn’t care much for his toys — except for one, which just happens to be a REAL spaceship, complete with tiny aliens. The aliens escape and meet up with other, more local opponents of Mr. Wuffles for assistance. Readers will discover new details of the story each time they return to peruse Mr. Wuffles, by David Wiesner.|
|Mo Willems is back on our list, with That is NOT a Good Idea! Remember those old silent films, where the nasty, evil villain tries to trick the gullible female, who usually ends up tied to a railroad track? That’s what this book made me think of, at first, but there is a wonderful twist to this story’s plot. Just WHO are those goslings really trying to warn?|
|Take a journey to a magical place in Aaron Becker’s wordless picture book, Journey. Amazingly intricate and detailed illustrations beg to be gazed at again and again and again. This is a place I want to visit, although after reading this book, I feel like I already have…|
|Words are SO not necessary in Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo. Flora and her feathered friend leap and twist and dance across the pages — and behind the flaps. This is a story about dancing, but also about friendship and the twists and turns that can happen between friends. Absolutely stunning.|
I’m not sure how the Caldecott Committee would even begin to handle Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang, since they’re so tightly connected, and only ONE title can win. And…being graphic novels, I’m not sure how they fit into the criteria. But… I personally believe they qualify as picture books, allbeit these titles are definitely for the older age range (remember … Caldecott committees have to consider everything intended for children up to age 14). And I found the art — and the format — to be exceptional. What do YOU think?