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Review of the Day: Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown

Today we look at a book about choice. Children’s choices and the choices adults make when faced with their own kids’ curiosity about their bodies and the clothing that goes onto it. I review Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown.

Review of the Day: Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, ill. Loren Long

Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long have given us a title that is filled up to the brim with dignity. Dignity for the people who actually put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the places and objects we so desperately need to live.

Review of the Day: New In Town by Kevin Cornell

Folks, we live in an era of scam artists so if New in Town is just one of a million tiny answers to the question of how we create a new savvier generation, that’s good enough for me. An exceedingly clever, funny, eye-popping story about not falling for the words of silver tongued devils.

Review of the Day: A Tree for Mr. Fish by Peter Stein

Exceedingly simple with an equally simple message (message: Don’t be rude and loud) you wouldn’t expect A Tree for Mr. Fish to be as wackadoodle as it is. And yet, here we are.

Review of the Day: The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld

Smart fairytailing that’s tonally on point? More of this, please.

Review of the Day: Ergo by Alexis Deacon, ill. Viviane Schwarz

It’s a treatise on philosophy as it relates to young children. It’s about escaping the confines of yourself and reaching out to others. And, most importantly, it’s a cute baby chicken picture book where 95% of the action takes place inside an egg.

Review of the Day: Magic Candies by Heena Baek, translated by Sophie Bowman

Deeply touching, funny, and incredibly odd, this is the kind of picture book that gets you excited about picture books all over again.

Review of the Day: Opposites Abstract by Mo Willems

No elephants. No piggies. No pigeons. And yet there’s something about this abstracted concept book to lure me into reviewing it. I haven’t reviewed Mo in 14 years. See why I’ve come around.

Review of the Day: Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn, ill. Victo Ngai

In all honesty, I don’t think I can do this book justice when I tell you about it, but I can at least give it my best shot. It deserves only the best.

Review of the Day: The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen

Here we have animals and hats and mysterious goings on. Read it cover to cover and you’re just swept up in a book that cultivates a singular sense of comic timing and tone policing that never falters or strays. It is, in fact, Klassen’s best book to date. Period.

Review of the Day: Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar, ill. Khoa Le

A book that manages that impossible task of combining child friendliness (a kid will want to reread it) with good writing (an ADULT will want to reread it – never a given), and beautiful art.

Review of the Day: A Thousand No’s by D.J. Corchin, ill. Dan Dougherty

If you think the process of creation is sometimes painful and collaborative and ultimately fun, this book is the first that I’ve ever seen to express that idea. You want to get to yes? Then you gotta slog through no.

Review of the Day: I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, ill. Sydney Smith

Deft poetic language pairs with the resonant watercolors of Sydney Smith to create a book that is more than a memoir and more than conveying a message. This is pain, turned into art, and written for young children. Incomparable.

Review of the Day: All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, ill. Bryan Collier

There are plenty of inspiring picture books out there for kids. Few understand their purpose as perfectly as this book does.

It’s the Final Countdown (of Picture Books 2010-19)

What if he asked people to rank not their top ten picture books of all time, but their ten favorite picture books of the last decade? That’s right. Just the books published between the years of 2010-19. The results have been tabulated and now they are in.