Stellar Picture Book Roundup

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

Boy BotBoy + Bot by Amy Dyckman, Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino.
When Boy’s robot friend gets switched off, Boy thinks he’s sick, and Bot thinks something’s gone horribly wrong with Boy when he falls asleep. A sweet story of friendship. (E YACCARINO)

InsomniacsThe Insomniacs by Karina Wolf, Illustrated by The Brothers Hilts (Ben and Sean.) When Mrs. Insomniac takes a new job twelve time zones away, the entire family has trouble adjusting to their new time zone.  They decide to turn their days upside down, and find being awake only at night has it’s benefits, not the least of which is  Mika attending night school, remotely. (E WOLF)

Maudie BearMaudie and Bear by (the late) Jan Omerod, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood.
Maudie has a lovely little bear on wheels, but to her he is a very large real bear, who is endlessly patient with her and her demands.  5 small stories comprise this picture book, and each is a delight to read. (E OMEROD)

This MooseThis Moose Belongs to Me, Written and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.
Wilfred owned a moose.  Marcel was a great friend even though he often forgot to abide by Wilfred’s 73 or so rules.  When an old lady claims Marcel is actually her moose, Rodrigo, Wilfred is beside himself, but things all work out when Marcel remembers Rule #73: “Rescuing your owner from perilous situations.” (E JEFFERS)

UnspokenUnspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad, (a wordless book) by Henry Cole.
The risks in this entwined story of a young farm girl and a runaway slave are very apparent, as we see her growing understanding of of the necessity to do what is right. (E COLE)

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