Picture Book New Releases, Week of September 25, 2018

Happy release week to these picture books! Thanks to the publishers for the free review copies. All opinions belong to our reviewers. 

LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST: MISSION DEFROSTABLE – by Josh Funk

(Sterling Children’s Books ~ September 25, 2018)

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Review and photo by Kimberly ~ @whatkreads on Instagram

My daughter and I are huge fans of this series. We snatched up Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast the moment it was published. It quickly became a favorite picture book to snuggle up and read together. We even took it to school a few times to share with classmates!! We were beyond thrilled when the sequel, The Case of the Stinky Stench, came out. We loved watching our favorite characters become detectives!!! So … you can only begin to imagine our excitement when we heard about this third book.

In Mission Defrostable, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast find themselves ready to solve another case when an unexpected frost settles all over the fridge. Readers will be thrilled to see the mischievous Baron von Waffle, meet Agent Asparagus and travel to the depths of the freezer. We loved the flashback to book one as well as the sweet ending of the story. Josh Funk is truly gifted. When an author can rhyme fry chains with plantains, you know it’s going to be a fun read aloud that will produce loads of giggles. As a mom, I adore the rich vocabulary that introduces new words to my daughter.

What makes this series extra special, is the fantastic, vibrant illustrations by Brendan Kearney!!! They are purely delightful and so much fun to examine. They are full of great details and little puns. We were surprised to see the fold out page at the end. Who knew food could be cute, expressive characters.

Another huge hit from Josh Funk. You honestly can’t go wrong with any of his stories. Be sure to check out his other recently released book – Lost In The Library. A story about patience and fortitude told through the infamous lion statues that stand guard outside of the NY Public Library.

KING ALICE – by Matthew Cordell

(Feiwel & Friends ~ September 25, 2018)

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Review and photo by Tracy ~ @luandbeanread on Instagram

As Minnesotans, we can appreciate the dad in KING ALICE. It’s another snow day and he cannot begin to imagine what the family will do. But King Alice knows! Yes, that’s KING Alice. She brainstorms idea after idea, crafting a unique story as she chugs along.

There are so many ideas in this book that it will require several reads for kids and families to take it all in. The real-life scenarios are contrasted with Alice’s stories, which comes together especially nicely in the illustrations.

VOLCANO DREAMS – by Janet Fox

(Web of Life Children’s Books ~ September 25, 2018)

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Review and photo by Lauren ~ @thesmilelines on Instagram

This nonfiction book has beautiful illustrations! It looks like watercolor paintings as you turn the pages.

We definitely want to take a trip to Yellowstone after learning all about the area! It is very interesting learning of the history of Yellowstone and the super-volcano! Guess what science experiments are up next in this house. Volcanos all around!

YUGEN – by Mark Reibstein

(Triangle Square ~ January 29, 2019)

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Review and photo by Amanda ~ @growingwithmrst on Instagram

Yugen by Mark Reibstein and illustrated by Ed Young is a short, beautifully illustrated tale of remembrance. A boy is simply remembering his mother through haiku and beautiful pictures. As I read this book, it was like taking a journey and having a small window opened up to this boy’s world. I absolutely loved the poetry in it, and how it captured the boy’s emotions at the time.


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