March 1, 2016
And so I picked a pretty bouquet of brand-new picture books that have been recently released. Aren't they pretty? Guess which one I'm most intrigued with. Can you guess? Ok I'll tell you. We'll begin with:
'The Night Gardener' by the Fan Brothers. How's this for gorgeous??? Magical topiaries begin appearing all over a drab, colorless town. I must see this. I probably must own this. THE ART. OH the art.
'Bloom' by Doreen Cronin and David Small looks charming and delightful, which you know is my favorite combination of adjectives. A mud fairy and an ordinary girl join forces to save a kingdom and revel in being gloriously messy together. Well that sounds fun!
And 'Tree' by Britta Teskentrup (I swear, the plant life theme was not intentional) looks enchanting - a peek-a-boo story in which you can look through a hole on each page, showing the different animals living inside of a tree and its trunk in different seasons of the year. I spy a perfect baby shower gift.....
'No, No, Gnome!' by Ashlyn Anstee fills me with impish glee. I'm usually filled with impish glee anyway, but today even more so. A little gnome gets into trouble while trying to be 'helpful' in a garden - thus leading to the common refrain of "No, No, Gnome!".
And I'm actually very sad because Andrew and I have had a plan for YEARS, and YEARS, to make a picture book about our clothes-eating cat Sally and we were going to have the whole thing be about Sally doing Bad Things and being told "NO SALLY NO!". And this lady went ahead and took our idea that only lived inside our heads, and made a cute darling book about a gnome. Life is hideously unfair.
Lastly, I came across 'The Almost Terrible Playdate' by Richard Torrey, in which two kids with big imaginations struggle to find a way to compromise during their playtime -- I thought it looked very fun indeed.
So there you go! Fun new picture books for spring. I never even got to show off all things I wanted to show and tell during winter, but oh well - that's how I keep this blog going and going, through my endless procrastination......