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It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

How come fairy tale characters are so naive? But what if they weren't? Wouldn't it be more interesting if they were more realistic, even maybe a little snarky? In re-imagining this fairy tale, Josh Funk creates an amazing fractured fairy tale that breaks the fourth wall. Envisioning Jack as a petulant, self-interested kid, arguing over the finer parts of the story with the narrator, is pure genius. It's Not Jack and the Bean Stalk Author: Josh Funk Illustrator: Edwardian Taylor Publisher: Two Lions (2017) Ages: 4-8 Fiction Themes: Fairy tales, self-determination, and humor. Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble): Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade hi

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Josh Funk

And the hits just keep coming! My next guest exploded into the picture world with Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast in 2015. Josh Funk's fifth book, in two years, It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, hit the shelves last Tuesday! And he has announced five - yes FIVE - upcoming books! But all this success hasn't gone to his head. He co-organized the NESCBWI conference for the past two years and has been involved in the Writer's Loft, generously giving back to the kidlit community. If you haven't guessed from his books, his wicked sense of humor is evident in his creative and fun kidlit bio: Josh is terrible at writing bios, so please help fill in the blanks. Josh enjoys _______ during ________ an

Thank You Bees - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The rain has returned to the Pacific Northwest and the animals and bees are scurrying around collected the last of the food and pollen before it starts freezing. Having been so dry this summer, I am thankful for the rain. As the weather and the house cool down, smells of fresh pies and cobblers fill the air. As the last of the summer fruit ripens it is the perfect time to remember to thank the hardworking bees - without whom there would be no fruit crops - and nature in general. I found the perfect book. Thank You Bees Author/Illustrator: Toni Yuly Publisher: Candlewick Press Ages: 2-5 Fiction Themes: Nature and gratitude. Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble): This gentle message of gratitude an

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Toni Yuly

Today, I have the pleasure of talking with a local author and amazing artist Toni Yuly. Many of you may know Toni from her board books EARLY BIRD and NIGHT OWL. Toni, thank you for joining me to talk about your newest book and illustrating. Sure thing! Thank you Maria. ME: Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing? What is your favorite type of book to write or illustrate?) Toni: I am an early bird so I get up with the sun and make the long commute to my studio which is about 15 feet from my home. I have always liked writing and so far the only books I have published are picture books but I would totally like to write all kinds of other thing

The Antlered Ship - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF (Plus Giveaway)

Besides the house that I swear was haunted, one of my most memorable babysitting moments revolves around the question - WHY? My 15-year old self spent three hours, often wishing time really would fly, trying to answer "Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why don't birds fly at night? Why do bees sting?" and so many more. Often my answer would be followed with - "but WHY?" This peppering of questions was both a real desire to know, but also an attempt to avoid bedtime. But who hasn't had questions they couldn't answer? Or endured a child's insatiable litany of questions about the world? In addition to one of the most intriguing and beautiful covers this year, the personality of Marco

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Dashka Slator (Plus Giveaway)

First, I have a little business to take care of. Congratulations to the winners of Penny Parker Klostermann's A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE: Patricia Tilton Vivian Kirfield Now, it is my pleasure today to introduce you to the award winning author of Escargot - Dashka Slater. Whose newest picture book, The Antlered Ship, releases tomorrow (9/12). Dashka Slater’s picture books have won widespread praise for their inventive language and vivid imagery. Her book Dangerously Ever After was named the 2013-14 Surrey Book of the Year based on the votes of over 12,700 elementary school students and is now being made into an animated film by Fantasiation Studios. A recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship f

Bonaparte Falls Apart - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Friendship, back to school, and Halloween what a great mash-up. Bring your favorite Halloween characters - skeletons, witches, Frankenstein, and mummies - back to their impish childhood and you get a hilarious tale packed with puns, repetition and internal rhymes that begs for multiple re-reads. Jumble in back-to-school fears and you have a timeless book. Who wouldn't want to "bone up for the first day of school"? Bonaparte Falls Apart Author: Margery Cuyler Illustrator: Will Terry Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (2017) Ages: 3-7 Fiction Themes: Friendship, persistence, start of school, and Halloween. Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble): Readers who love stories about friendship, school

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Illustrator Will Terry

To continue this week's special treat, we have the illustrator of Bonaparte Falls Apart visiting to talk to us a bit about illustrating this book and illustrations in general. He is an illustrator who loves to blog, vlog, teach, and of course illustrate. Will has illustrated about 31 picture and easy reader books. Will, thank-you so much for stopping by to talk about your newest book and illustrating. Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you draw? How long have you been illustrating or drawing? What is your favorite type of children’s book to illustrate?) Thank you for the opportunity to tell a little bit about myself and my work. I've always loved art and music and I draw wheneve

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Margery Cuyler

This week, I have a very special, extra treat - two special interviews of author Margery Cuyler and illustrator Will Terry and a book review for their new release BONAPARTE FALLS APART. I would like to introduce a prolific and generous author (having written over 50 books) and former editor/publisher in the children's divisions of several publishers. Margery Cuyler grew up in a suspected haunted house with her siblings and four cousins. This might explain the number of skeleton books she's written. Margery, thank-you so much for stopping by to talk about your newest books and writing. Tell us a little about yourself. (Where/when do you write? How long have you been writing? What is your favo

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Penny Parker Klostermann Plus Giveaway

First things first, little bee books generously offered four books in a giveaway bonanza associated my interview & the release of Miranda Paul's The Great Pasta Escape. It is my great pleasure to announce the winners: The Great Pasta Escape - Jill Proctor The Great Pasta Escape - Teresa Robeson Blobfish Throws a Party - Patricia Nozell Trainbots - Jilanne Hoffman Now, let's get on with today's post. This author says "She loves all kinds of books, but especially loves very silly picture books that make her laugh. She has been known to hug her favorite picture books and seriously hopes that someday her books will gain huggable status too." I have no fear that this wish will be attained. Havin

The Great Pasta Escape - Perfect Picture Book Friday @PPBF & AMAZING 4 book giveaway

Beware! Pastas are on the loose and playing at an island near you! With amazing harmony, Miranda Paul and Javier Joaquin cook up the most delicious story of sentient pasta, which get caught in a few sticky situations. The Great Pasta Escape Author: Miranda Paul Illustrator: Javier Joaquin Publisher: little bee books (2017) Ages: 4-8 Fiction Themes: Humor, cooperation, different perspectives, and problem solving. Synopsis (from Amazon): Join a ragtag group of pasta as they complete the greatest escape of their lives in this hilarious new book by Miranda Paul! Since the beginning of their lives (which was earlier that morning), the pasta at the factory followed the rules. They

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