Monday, July 30, 2012

Picture Book Round-up: Dat Pigeon, Integrated Pun-filled Art History, Individuality and Dragon Books +

We have a bunch of new fantastic and fantastical favourites at our place.

And I'm mighty hacked off that I somehow managed to publish a heinous old draft post about them instead of the one I laboured over, y'know -- with coherent notes relating to each title?  /facepalm.

Here's a compromise (read: how much I'm willing to reproduce on attempt two):
 A Dragon Moves In, Lisa Falkenstern
The illustrations in this are irresistable and the story is cute.
Augustine, Mēlanie Watt
Oh, Augustine, you fantastic little book, you.  Augustine is filled with idioms related to the cold, clever allusions to Art History giants, and an incredible balance of parent and child humour.  The story is also one worth telling. 
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
So funny.  I can even look past the grammatical (colloquial) error's that funny.  Thanks, Fionna.
Finklehopper Frog, Irene Livingston
The vivid illustrations and catchy rhyme of this fable more than make up for its lack of subtlety in delivering its moral.
Going Home, Margaret Wild
A clever, poetic book with rich concepts within the character dialogue and tale.  This book has a certain resonance about it.
Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crocket Johnson
What a classic!  Esky's a huge fan of the book and its movie.
Making Friends, Margaret Mahy
Aw, Margaret.  Tributes are being paid in word and deed all over because of stories like this.  Here's Esky's favourite heart-warmer from the Mahy kitty.
Old MacDonald's Farm, Donovan Bixley
This cracker takes a well-loved song and gives it a new, unique life by providing kiwiana accompaniment.  Esky is a big fan of finding a reoccurring trademark image, or a shopping list of things -- this book has both.  Thank you, Sarah!
Over At the Castle, Boni Ashburn
Esky has read this book every day it has been available in our home -- both times we've borrowed it from our library.

Press Here, Hervé Tullet
We should flood the earth with this book!  I want to own it, you should own it, and you should give it as a gift to everyone you know that doesn't. Funtastic.
The Waterhole, Graeme Base
If the fascination with the paper cut-outs depicting a shrinking waterhole wasn't enough, there are lavish illustrations, silhouette borders consisting of "shoppings lists" of things to find hidden in the lavish illustrations, artist signatures, trademark frogs, AND cheeky text. What a book.  Thank you, Mandy!

Where's the Dragon? James Hook
A cheeky book filled with hidden dragons -- with tactile scales.  Win.


Picture Book Round-up: Books dealing with Grief, Being Different, Fear and Being a Bookworm + 
Picture Book Round-up: Collective Plurals, A Cat's Tale and an Ode to Feet
Picture Book Round-up: Dairy Farming, Noah and Dealing with Small-scale Destruction
Picture Book Round-up: Caps, Klassen, Sleepy Poetry and Illustrated Litle House +
Picture Book Round-up: Seasons Story, Ten in the Bed Follow-up, The Smartest Giant and a Vengeful Mole +
Books We're Loving: Duck Feet, Wally and Quirky Goldilocks +
Picture Book Round-up: Cool Carny Tale, 100-counter and More Blessed Shirley Hughes
Picture Book Round-up: Dat Pigeon, Integrated Pun-filled Art History, Individuality and Dragon Books +
Picture Book Round-up: Circus Ship, Fairytale Subversion, and a Tear-jerker
Picture Book Round-up: Fancy Nancy and Can You See What I See?
Picture Book Round-up: Potato People and I-Spy
Picture Book Round-up: A Classic, A Fun Abecediary, Yellow Propaganda, and a Darling Tuck-in Tale
Picture Book Round-up: Christmas Edition
Picture Book Round-up: Christmas Edition II

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