Expect the Unexpected: Five Favorite Picture Books reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton


Skunk on a String by Thao Lam

What can I say? How can one ignore this title? This entirely wordless choice begins easily enough with a skunk getting its tail wrapped up in the dangling string of a helium balloon at a parade. The skunk’s ensuing experience takes it into all kinds of situations a skunk could not imagine. Just as we begin to wonder if the bobbing skunk will ever become earthbound again, he does. And what happens next is unexpected.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E LAM)


Bear & Hare: Where’s Bear? by Emily Gravett

Bear and Hare are back again, and are still among my favorite picture book friends. They decide a game of hide and seek is in order, so Hare counts while Bear hides, but, to be truthful, Bear is fairly terrible at the concept of hiding. He is equally bad at finding, but soon the tables turn, and the result is, indeed, unexpected.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E GRAVETT)


Frankencrayon by Michael Hall

The purple, orange, and green crayons making up the tall, patched together Frankencrayon are stunned right from the start at the cancellation of the book which was to feature them. Other crayons, Teal, Lime, Amber, Yellow and Black with Pencil helping, too, tell the story about what caused the cancellation: an unexpected scribble that frightens them away. No one realizes Frankencrayon has entered the scene with a roar, providing the second unexpected event of the day.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E HALL)


The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers (Terry and Eric)

A tree, pruned into the shape of an owl, is the first unusual appearance on dusty Grimloch Lane, and William is entranced by it. Night after night a new animal topiary appears, and the lane begins to take on color and purpose as the days go by. Young William, who has viewed each day’s new animal with growing fascination, makes a discovery on his way home one evening: the Night Gardener at work! The appearances of the beautifully shaped trees changes the townfolk, none more so than young William.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E FAN)


Sad, the Dog by Sandy Fussell

A somewhat sad tale of a sad little dog, unwanted, unloved, unappreciated, and left behind, and how his name progressed from Sad to something else entirely by a determined little boy. Unexpected? No, but gratefully accepted.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E FUSSELL)

All books were reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

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