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A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Schwartz & Wade, 2015
Starting in 1710 in England and moving through to California in 2010, this book looks at the way blackberry fool has been prepared and eaten over the years. Although the ingredients and the joy of licking the bowl stays the same, the kitchen tools used and the way the ingredients are harvested or bought changes over time. Readers will love the details in this book, from the meticulously researched fashions, to the dinners eaten by each family (Mushroom ketchup! Turtle soup!). The illustrations, rendered in Chinese ink, watercolor, and blackberry juice on paper, evoke the time period of each family, while also showing the similarities through composition and line. Back matter includes a recipe for blackberry fool, as well as fascinating notes from the author and the illustrator on the process of creating this book. Don’t miss the endpapers, stained with blackberry juice!
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Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015
Roger is reading a book. That is until Emily starts playing a game, “BOING BOING.” And singing a song. And playing the drum. How will Roger be able to read with all this noise? First published in Belgium, this distinctive book features playful mixed media illustrations that utilize photographs and bright line work. The repetitive text paired with illustrations that reinforce the vocabulary make this a great book for beginning readers.
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Henry Holt and Company, 2014
At first, everything was fine on Bella’s stroll across the page with her dog. Suddenly--POOF!--her dog disappears into the gutter of the book! Bella calls for help, but everyone who arrives also disappears. Finally, Bella decides to take matters into her own hands. This interactive book is wonderful for a preschool storytime. It can be used to demonstrate print motivation. The bright and cartoonish illustrations are playful and the text is bold and easy to read. As one kid told me after storytime, “That book is tricky!”
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Kids Can Press, 2015
There are many illustrious guests at the Queen’s Ball including Captain Shark, Colossal Squid, Dr. Pigeon, and Sir Chameleon. All is going well until the moment the Queen realizes her shadow has gone missing. It’s up to Mantis Shrimp, the Royal Detective to interview the suspects and deduce the criminal. Within this mystery structure, information about how each animal sees is provided within the text, as well as in sidebar. The colorful and bold pen and ink, plus Photoshop illustrations not only tell the story, but also represent how each animal might view their world. The length of the text and the depth of information make this a wonderful story to share with an elementary aged group.