Thank You for Being a Friend: Abby Reviews Two Picture Books for Kids and Adults

Abby looks at two titles today: a new picture book for grown-ups set to the lyrics of Andrew Gold’s theme song for The Golden Girls, and Castle of Books, Alessandro Sanna’s  joyous introduction to the worlds waiting to be unlocked by the gift of reading. Both are uplifting celebrations of friendships and a reminder thatContinue reading “Thank You for Being a Friend: Abby Reviews Two Picture Books for Kids and Adults”

Lucy, by Randy Cecil

Lucy, by Randy Cecil; Candlewick Press, $19.99, 144 pages, ages 4-8. Lucy is a homeless dog living on the streets of Bloomville, and every morning she trots to an apartment building where she waits on the stoop for little Eleanor to drop a piece of string from her window to play with the pup. Meanwhile,Continue reading “Lucy, by Randy Cecil”

Make Monday Bright

@HMHCo @huffpostbooks @bwon1 Hooray for Hat, by Brian Won; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26.99, 40 pages, ages 2-6. (Available June 26, 2016) The Huffington Post dubbed Brian Won’s picture book debut it’s overall pick for best read-aloud of 2014. Now, the story of a crabby elephant whose jaunty topper brings joy to his fellow jungle creaturesContinue reading “Make Monday Bright”

The Hero Two Doors Down

@scholastic The Hero Two Doors Down, by Sharon Robinson; Scholastic Press, $16.99, 208 pages, ages 9-13. Eight-year old baseball fanatic Stephen Satlow lives for his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers, and one day the boy’s hero, Jackie Robinson, moves into his mostly Jewish neighborhood. The baseball giant befriends Stephen while teaching the boy about respect and courageContinue reading “The Hero Two Doors Down”

Hector and Hummingbird, by Nicholas John Frith; Arthur A. Levine, $17.99, 32 pages, ages 3-6. (March 2016)  Nestled somewhere in the wilds of Peru live Hector the bear and his best friend, Hummingbird. Lately, Hummingbird has been more of an albatross than buddy, and his constant chattering finally pushes Hector to the limit. The bearContinue reading

Musical Bears The Bear and The Piano, by David Litchfield; Clarion Books, 32 pages, $16.99, ages 4-7. If a bear plays a piano in the woods, does he make music? In David Litchfield’s debut picture book, the answer is a roaring ‘yes.’ In it, a precocious bear stumbles upon a bramble-covered piano that has somehowContinue reading

Coralie Bickford-Smith is the design mastermind behind many of the stunning covers of Penguin’s clothbound Hardcover Classics series. Now, she has written and illustrated her own book, The Fox and The Star (Penguin Books Hardcover Original; $20.00, published November 10), a timeless tale of an unlikely friendship and courage in the face of hardship. TheContinue reading

The Baseball Player and the Walrus, by Ben Loory, illustrations by Alex Latimer; Penguin, $16.99, 32 pages, ages 5-8. We’ve all heard the saying ‘money can’t buy happiness,’ and that phrase certainly rings true in this quirky tale of friendship and happiness. Here, a wildly successful baseball player feels unfulfilled and lonely, until the fatefulContinue reading