Another masterful mystery from Chris Van Allsburg. In this tale, Widow Shaw finds herself in possession of a witch’s old worn out broom. Soon it is helping her with chores around the house and playing the piano for her in the quiet fall evenings. Superstitious neighbors, believing the broom to be evil, decide to destroy the broom. But all is not as it seems. This story of magic, mystery, fear and trickery is wonderfully enhanced by beautiful and haunting sepia toned illustrations.
At dusk, before the town goes to sleep, you might walk around your neighborhood and catch glimpses of life through windows, glowing like paper lanterns. In this gorgeous picture book filled with homages to The Snowy Day, Denos and Goodale team up to highlight the beauty of ordinary, everyday life and the joy of coming home.
While some people collect coins or art, Jerome collects words. Certain words jump out at Jerome: two-syllable treats and multisyllable words that sound like songs. In this brilliant picture book, Reynolds perfectly captures the beauty of children discovering the sounds and meanings of new words. Jerome’s enthusiasm will remind you to marvel at the magic of language.
Buddy the dog is devoted to his human family, determined to ‘play by the rules’ and constantly challenged by Earl, resident hedgehog. Earl delights in chaos, getting to the bottom of things, and inventing adventures for his friend, Buddy. Together, they make a hysterically subversive team! Check out all 4 books in the series!
John Jensen, a crocodile living in the mostly human Oslo, feels different. Is it his bow-tie? Or perhaps his tail? He tries to obfuscate his tail in various, sometimes painful ways until a friendly doctor convinces him to embrace his differences. This heartwarming story, with its deadpan humor and cartoon-ish drawings, makes me smile every time I read it.
Are you hungry? Well, you're about to be! This book celebrates the joy of preparing a meal from start to finish, when good food is shared with the ones you love. But there are a lot of steps to get there! Full of rhyming verse and bright illustrations, this story is a wonderful for introducing the joy of food with children. And, if you've never had bee-bim bop but are drooling all over this book, the recipe is included in the back!
Peaceful and poetic, four-time Caldecott honoree Baylor paints a picture of indigenous cultures and values using the southwestern deserts as her muse. Reading her work feels as powerful as a mantra, igniting a sincere appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of the natural world, along with the diverse people living amongst it. We all need a reminder that each and every day is a gift.
Maira Kalman fans, rejoice! Yet another reissue of this wonderful author and artist’s work is here! Max is a poet, dreamer, and also a dog. His greatest wish is to live in Paris and to sell his work—but who will buy his poetry? How will he ever live the life he dreams of? This quirky tale, full of Kalman’s rich illustrations, tells the story of unusual friendships, the details of home, and the pursuit of dreams.
Nia loves her awesome sixth birthday present, a pet turtle named Alfie, but she worries that their friendship is one-sided. She introduces him to her stuffed animals, sings to him and shows him her best dance moves, but despite her attempts to engage him Alfie seems disinterested. She doesn’t realize that Alfie spends that time in his shell loving her back, determined to find the perfect gift for his pal's next birthday..if he can only get out of his tank! A lovely friendship story, told from the perspectives of both human and pet.
My favorite Minnesota illustrator, Lauren Stringer, does a bang-up job of bringing K.L. Going’s biography of Frank Lloyd Wright to life. Little Frank’s mother sparked her son’s curiosity when she handed him different shaped blocks and encouraged him to experiment with building. As an older child, Frank observed the shapes that occur in nature such as honeycombs, shells, and trees and never tired of observing the world around him. Frank Lloyd Wright incorporated those observations and early block building into his designs and “changed the shape of the world” as we know it.
A mouse is gobbled up by a wolf only to find that the titular duck has made a cozy home inside its belly. "I may have been swallowed," says the duck, "but I have no intention of being eaten." But when a hunter comes after their new wolf home, the duck and mouse will need to come up with a plan to protect themselves! This charming and comical new classic featuring illustrations from the impeccable Jon Klassen is a delight from beginning to end.
Rabbit and Dog are neighbors, living in their cozy homes across the fence. And yet, they have never spoken, though each is curious about the other, and longs for a friend. That is, until the night when a star falls from the sky, and the joy of mutually witnessing such a magical event inspires each to do what they have never done before! A charming tale, full of whimsical details and the joy of new friendship, ‘On The Night of the Shooting Star’ is sure to warm your heart.
Oleomargarine is not part of a recipe--he's a prince. And he's not been 'purloined' as much as he's deliberately wandered away...as Twain weaves this bedtime tale to his daughters, he scribbles a bit of a loose plot. Many, many years later, Stead (the OTHER author) picks up the threads of meaning from these sketchy notes and seamlessly complements "what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work". Meet Johnny, Pestilence and Famine the chicken, skunk, weasel and an entire cast of creatures who will make you say and truly mean, "I am glad to know you".
From beloved author and artist Maira Kalman comes a reissue of a whimsical tale. A younger brother is having trouble falling asleep and wakes his sister to tell him a million stories! She agrees to spin ten short tales off the top of her head, of Mr. Zelikovitch and his pet chicken, of cross-eyed dogs dining at a fancy restaurant, of a green-faced cousin. Kalman’s charming illustrations perfectly capture the imagination of a child, and draw the reader into a world of whimsy and possibility. A perfect gift for long-time Maira Kalman fans and new readers alike!
Just picture crocodile 'LOOKING GOOD', from shirt and tie to--uhh, that's the surprise! Follow our affable reptile beginning with his daily toilette and through a myriad of city images and modes of transport. All manner of well-dressed wild animals mix in with the general populace, and it's all very mysterious. Where is crocodile going? What are his intentions? Who knows? There are literally no words for this telling of crocodile's capers. However, you too will be at a loss for words as croc's journey comes to an end. Awesome!
Puerto Rico celebrates a hero in this compelling biography about Arturo Schomburg at a time when good news is a welcome respite from hurricane recovery. From an early age in Puerto Rico to his adulthood in New York, Schomburg made his passion for highlighting the contributions of people with African heritage his life’s work. Weatherford stuffs this book with Schomburg’s discoveries about people like Phillis Wheatley and Paul Cuffee, but also with people whose ties to Africa had been whitewashed, like Audubon and Beethoven. Velasquez vividly showcases powerful portraits of those whose work Schomburg had collected and preserved for history to be authentic.
Oh my--Grandpa needs a new chair so that he can enjoy a good read. We, here at the Wild Rumpus, understand the importance for having the right chair for just the right person/cat. There is a rocker, an Adirondack chair, a hassock for two, a theater fold up, some overstuffed comfy chairs, captain's chairs and even a couple of tree stumps. They are all VERY well loved. Sit a spell with your favorite person and read what this Grandpa finally figures out about the art of selecting the perfect seat!
How many times did you wish that you were a ‘twin’ with your best friend? Enough to find out that you would actually not be very good at being twins? Yak and Dove are an unlikely couple, but when they start listing their differences, mayhem ensues. When Yak campaigns for a new best friend, he is sorely tested and then rewarded by Dove’s ‘audition'. When they bump heads about technology, Yak and Dove figure out how to plant the perfect noiseless garden. Opposites attract, and Yak and Dove are the perfect foil for each other!
Oh no! The Mystical Crystals of Life have been stolen! How are the good folk of the Forest going to restore the crystals before everything they love disappears? Only a daring quest, full of dangers, strangers, and picnics can save their beloved home. Perfect for lovers of Adventure Time, I Spy books, and those who like to PARTY!
If your children need a reminder that kindness still exists, read this book. If you refuse to allow your children to feel powerless to do anything to change the world, read this book. If you love teachable moments, read this book. The true story about a Ugandan girl who thrives due to both the caring of others and her own gumption is my recommendation for your antidote.
Bill Peet books ROCK! This is my favorite due to its message of kindness, tucked brilliantly into a clever and funny story. Each animal finds themself in need of help after refusing to help the one before. Finally, the elephant comes to the rescue of all (with little thanks). Who will repay his kindness when he finds himself in a tough spot?! A super fun read-aloud!
Mrs. Katz and Tush is Patricia Polacco at her best – charming illustrations, honest characters, and a fun, heartwarming story. It follows the unlikely friendship between the young Larnel and the elderly Mrs. Katz, and their mutual friend Tush the cat. The characters cover a spectrum of diversity – race, age, religion – and the story is all about empathy building. And as a Wild Rumpus bonus – Tush has no tail!!
Join Linnea and her neighbor Mr. Bloom as they travel to France to explore the world of Claude Monet. A story interspersed with pictures of Monet’s paintings, house, and life while entwined with the joyful story of Linnea as she discovers the joy of art, flowers, France, and above all the brilliance of Claude Monet!
Introducing Ferdinand...his own kind of bull. Instead of butting heads and fighting like the other bulls, he prefers to sit quietly under his favorite cork tree and smell the flowers. Even when faced with a trip to the ring, Ferdinand stays true to his peaceful nature.
You probably shouldn't open this book. It says so right on the cover. Who knows what wild things you could unleash? Monkeys? Toucans? Absolute chaos?? You don't want to be responsible for that, do you? I didn't think so. Buuuut...I mean, it never hurts to peek...right?
Well, you can't say I didn't warn you.
If it's existential animal tales you're after, this is the book for you! Zoboli's uncanny story tells of a cat with an unusual conundrum. He can't stop thinking about mice -- not because he wants to eat them, but because "If I don't think about them, who will?" Rife with surrealist themes, minimalist illustrations, and lots and LOTS of mice, A Most Mysterious Mouse proves that even the oddest of passions are worth pursuing.
When Ida becomes ill, her and Gus’s lives change. Some days with the illness are good, some days are not. When it becomes clear that Ida will not improve, both bears must come to terms with what will inevitably come to be. With beautiful illustrations, Ida, Always is a touching, tender tale of experiencing loss.
Cleonardo comes from a long line of great inventors, but try as she might to aid her father with his machines, her ideas never seem to meet the family’s traditional expectations. With her own style of invention, Cleonardo finds it difficult to see eye to eye with her father’s methods. When the town holds its annual invention competition, Cleonardo accepts the challenge and puts her unique take on engineering to create something marvelous - and inadvertently saves the day! A warm-hearted book about supporting each other’s ideas and proudly embracing your own set of skills.
I remember launching my first bottle overboard the ferry boat, imagining who it would eventually reach as the current swept it away. Meet the Uncorker—he fishes out messages in bottles to ensure they land in the hands they are intended for. Michelle Cuevas delivers us words that bob gently along a lyrical tale. In textured hues of weathered sea glass, sandy beaches, and seaside mist, Stead’s art perfectly captures this inviting story and the characters that reside there. Don’t let this clam-hugged pearl wash away with the tide.
No one ever expects to become a refugee, fleeing for their lives and leaving everything behind. This story was created to bring light to the recent refugee crisis in our world, and approaches the issue with incredible grace and metaphor. Debut Italian author/illustrator Francesca Sanna weaves a heartbreaking and hopeful tale with her beautiful words and illustrations. The story is told from the perspective of two children as they cross treacherous landscapes and hide in frightening places with their brave mother, desperately hoping to find safety and a new life once again. A beautiful and relevant tale.
Dive into a richly illustrated tale of a tiny mouse as it sets its sights farther than any rodent before: the moon. Filled with intricate, beautifully executed illustrations, Armstrong ensures the reader of a marvelous adventure alongside the mouse as it invents one amazing piece of technology after another - complete with gorgeously drawn blueprints - in pursuit of its grand lunar endeavors. But such impressive plans won’t go unnoticed for long, and soon our protagonist has more to worry about than gravity. Once again, Kuhlmann delivers with this breathtakingly beautiful picture book.
First a question, or maybe two
then a guess, but that's not all you can do.
For Ada Twist works her experiments
in order to have her world make sense.
Enjoy the rhyme, the quests and the wonder of a budding scientist. Named after Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Marie's curiosity does one proud to be a daughter who can 'figure it out'. (Look for the answer to Ada's plight on the top of the last page, and you'll be right. And, parents, find a new use for the 'thinking chair', when tired of questions about who,what and where!)
Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. Not quietly to herself, not to her parents, and especially not out loud in her classroom. She gets nervous and tongue-tied and has herself convinced that reading is just not for her. But when Mrs. Dimple, the librarian, takes her into a room full of dogs and stands her in front of Bonnie, a big white canine, Madeline works up enough courage to give reading another try. Madeline Finn, with the help of her patient audience, becomes more confident and relaxed. A beautifully illustrated book that lovingly teaches confidence building.
The author captured my heart, the illustrator caught my eye. Here we have a child's honest story of love. It is simply stated, quietly observed, and sadly one-sided. Our narrator is nameless. His love interest is Sylvia, but she only has eyes for birds. Enter a rather LARGE bird in a shining feather costume. Now life becomes complicated for the narrator, but not for Sylvia! As a bird watcher, it is easy for Sylvia to see the bird for what it really is. Might it be love at first sight?
Looking for a darkly comic picture book with a surprise twist ending? Well, look no further. When a hungry young wolf sets out for some food, his manners get in the way. Though he politely honors his victims’ final requests for stories and songs, they have the nerve to actually run away! Will the wolf find justice? Will he ever eat again? Against all odds, and doubled over with laughter, you will likely find yourself rooting for this mannerly hunter.
It's the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a great book! Written in beautiful lyrical poetry, Stringer depicts the time of year when all the world is full of color and when the leaves "dance" to life. The illustrations enhance the text with Stringer's signature whimsy of line and shape and will delight readers of all ages and in any season.
When Liam asks his mailbox to send him some letters, it more than delivers! The only thing better than getting strange letters, packages and parcels, is sharing their kooky contents with a friend. Filled with puns, witty retorts and play-on-words, get ready for a case of the giggles in It Came In The Mail!
There once lived an old woman who loved to name things. She named her house Franklin, her car Betsy and her old bed, Roxanne. She only named things that she knew wouldn’t die before her. One day, a little brown puppy came to her gate. He was friendly and sweet, but didn’t have a collar or a name. The old woman fed him and told him to go home. Day after day, the puppy comes by, until one day he doesn’t and the old lady is worried.
This is the tale of Magnolia and how she learned the HARD way, that Alligators are not the best idea to bring for show and tell. Parsley’s whimsical illustrations and hilarious text make this a great story for all ages, not to mention a great story to read out loud.
“…tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” (Mary Oliver). This luminous picture book offers a plausible answer: “choose your days, make them sunny or gray.” A simple, elegant treatise on living life to the fullest: leaving no work undone, play postponed or music unsung. Lovely.
Nino’s life is unexpectedly altered when his practically perfect imaginary dog is replaced with a real live pet. His mixed feelings about the new dog are finally eased after he dreams up a menagerie of imaginary animals to live sideby-side with his real one. With a color palette and visual details from the 70’s, and an evocative writing style, this spare story feels beautifully personal and true.
A phobia can be a debilitating thing, and this book sets out to prevent a common one. Readers meet a little girl who doesn’t like snakes, despite living in a household of snake lovers. One by one, she lists reasons for her dislike (They slither! They’re scaly!), and her parents and siblings take turns explaining what is neat and interesting about these characteristics. Full of facts, with colorful illustrations detailed enough to capture the remarkable features of snakes (but not too realistic for parents yet to be cured of their own herpetophobia), this is an excellent lesson in appreciating our slithery friends.
Originally published in 1956 in The New Yorker, James Thurber’s The Tiger Who Would Be King is a fable brought to life by JooHee Yoon’s moving and evocative art. The story is rather simple: a tiger wants to be king of beasts, except Leo the lion is already king of beasts, so they fight. JooHee Yoon’s artwork, printed in two Pantone colors, perfectly captures the messy nature of two opposing forces. Nearly sixty years later, Thurber’s fable is as relevant as ever: what is truly lost when two opposing forces will destroy anything and everything in the name of victory?