Category Archives: Children’s Picture Book

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Image result for we found a hatJon Klassen’s new book We Found a Hat finally fell into my hands at the City Centre Library. Magical and touching are my first thoughts. I have enjoyed both the book and felt-story of I Want My Hat Back and the book This Is Not My Hat so I have been eagerly awaiting the conclusion of Klassen’s picture-book trilogy.   Again, I have to use the words magical and touching, as through the intertwining of word and illustration Klassen leaves behind Bear and Rabbit, as well as theft, rage and revenge. He leaves behind the small theft by a small fish and the dark conclusion when the large fish and original owner of the hat finds the small thief. As much as I have found ways to make these dark messages funny and have enjoyed the shared laughter with the diverse ages in my Storytimes, I was also often pulled in different directions. Violence and revenge are not patterns that I would want to emulate or encourage to the many loving families that I meet in the Library. So to read the story of two turtles that are friends and choose not to steal or lie or hurt each other, but instead choose to share their dreams and hopes to each other inspires me to for a third time to describe it as magical and touching. (Submitted by Inti).

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One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

On her second day in her new school in a new country, Farah takes a field trip to an apple orchard. She doesn’t speak English and isn’t sure she likes her new home. None of the other girls wear a dupatta on their heads and she isn’t used to boys and girls being in the same class. But as the day continues, she notices some things that look, sound, and smell the same in any country. When each child picks an apple to add to the apple press for cider, Farah chooses a little green apple that’s different, like her. As she helps the other children turn the crank and sees the apples blending together, she starts to realize that she can blend in here, too, while still being herself.  The story is told through Farah’s internal dialogue as she observes life on the farm and her classmates. I felt it was very realistic. For example, Farah wants to tell the teacher that she isn’t stupid, she just doesn’t understand the language, but of course she can’t. I liked that the children were friendly and welcoming, but it does mention that a few of them look at her coldly. The lovely watercolour illustrations in this picture book are filled with sunshine and express Farah’s emotions vividly, especially when she laughs with her classmates.  This is a lovely story about coming to a new place and starting to feel a sense of belonging. (Submitted by Gayle).

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This Moose Belongs to Me! – Oliver Jeffers

this moose belongs to meThis is a story of friendship and ownership. The main character has some serious rules if the moose is going to be his pet, but the moose doesn’t seem interested in his rules, so they come to a mutual agreement and learn to compromise.  Can you really own something that is wild? His unusual story lines and his compelling illustrations make him so much fun to read!  I also love his book The Heart & the Bottle – an endearing & thought-provoking picture book that deals with love, loss, and living.  Quite sad but beautiful! Another must-read from this author is The Day the Crayons Quit –  I loved all the letters that the different colours of crayons wrote in the book.  It is immensely funny and will remind us to be kind to our crayons! (submitted by DS)

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Llama, Llama Red Pajama – Anna Dewdney

llama llama red pajamaThis is a lovely book for any child, filled with colorful illustrations. It addresses the fact that many children share a fear of the dark. I’m sure most of us adults shared this fear when we were children too! There are a lot of rhyming words, which make it an easy read for a child. The facial expressions also add humor to the story. (submitted by KB)

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Pinkalicious – Victoria Kann

pinkalicious imageThis is an adorable book! It is a great book for those who love all things pink. It is a funny story about a girl who learns that eating too many pink cupcakes can have serious consequences…I highly recommend this picture book (and there are many books in this series) for young readers and even adults looking for a laugh! (submitted by KP)

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Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina

caps for sale imageThis is a classic and humorous story about a peddler who tries to outsmart a group of monkeys. This book teaches children about different colours, patterns and also has a lot of repetition, which is excellent for an early reader. (submitted by KB)

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I Want My Hat Back – Jon Klassen

i want my hat back imageI also read and recommend This is Not My Hat by the same author. These books will have every kid yelling out the answers before the actual twist is revealed.  I could not believe the end!  Give it  a read – I dare you! (submitted by DS)

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