One of the things that I love most about being a librarian is that I get to take a sneak peak at books before they hit the library shelves. There’s a brief window of time between us getting the book and putting it out on the shelves for everyone to enjoy, and during that time I try to read — or at least browse — the new picture books.
Here are four picture books that will be hitting a shelf near you very soon:
The Boy Who Loved the Moon by Rino Alaimo.
This book features a cute story about a young boy who wants to give the moon a gift. But what gift could you possibly give a moon? He tries a rose, a pearl, and a diamond, but the moon rejects them all. Finally, the boy comes up with a gift that no one has tried before. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that while the story is very sweet, it’s the illustrations that completely steal the show. All pictures, with one notable exception, are done in varying shade of orange/gold on a black background, and the effect is perfect for this fantastical story!
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail.
Most children wish for a pet to call their own. Some want a dog. Others prefer cats. And of course there are plenty who want a pony. Not Sophia; she wants…a giraffe. She knows that convincing her family to get such an unusual animal will take some work, so she drafts up elaborate arguments, equipped with charts and graphs. But all it takes to get her giraffe is one simple word: please. While there’s a part of me that’s worried that children reading this story will ask for a giraffe of their own (and, let’s be honest, saying “please” just won’t work in real life for this particular animal), I still love this story’s moral of being polite. I also REALLY love the vocabulary. This book features words such as “effusive” and “loquacious,” and it even offers a glossary in the back. Very cool!
My Rules for Being a Pretty Princess by Heath McKenzie
Who doesn’t love a good princess book? This book debunks the myth that princesses must always be poised and perfect. Throughout the book, a rambunctious girl is instructed on how to be a perfect princess. But she decides that those rules just aren’t for her; therefore, she drafts up some new rules. These rules include attending delicious tea parties, dancing however you want, and not waiting for the prince to save you. I would hand this book to any princess fanatic who might want a change from the typical princess stories.
Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali
I admit that I really, really love fractured fairy tales, and this one is amazing! It starts off as the original tale did with Snow White running away from her wicked step-mother. However, instead of finding 7 dwarfs, she finds 77 dwarfs! That’s a lot of dwarfs to take care of, and it isn’t long before Snow White is exhausted from all the work. Again, I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that it’s sure to make you chuckle! While I love the spin this story takes, I also really, really love the colorful illustrations. This book really catches your eye, and I can see children examining the humorous pictures and naming all 77 dwarfs.
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