Monday, January 15, 2018

A Picture Book Parade!

Today for Middle Grade Monday I am focusing on the youngest readers and hosting a Picture Book Parade! As always, don't forget to head over to MMGM Central to see all the other middle grade blogs-  Always in the Middle... by Greg Pattridge.

Everybody's Somewhere

by Cornelia Maude Spelman and illustrated by Alea Marley

This cute picture book gives kids a look at different perspectives. It is a very simplified version, but younger readers will enjoy the repeated thought that everybody is someone and somewhere.The illustrations are big and show a wide variety of people and places. I love that the font size is so large, because it makes for easy storytelling. I think that as kids study the pictures, they will gain a whole new meaning of different places and cultures, but how connected we truly are. 4 stars!

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)
by Josh Funk and illustrated by Brendan Kearney
I absolutely ADORE this series! This second book takes kids on a refrigerator adventure as Detective Croissant teams up with Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to discover what stinks in the fridge. The author is brilliant and his writing is so humorous. And the illustrations, wow! So lush and vivid. Just like with the first book in the series, my son grabbed this book and hijacked it to his room to read first. But this time I didn't lose track of it! Holy smokes, fruitcake never goes bad, don't ya know? 5 stars and well deserved!

Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3
by Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan and illustrated by Grace Zong

How can children learn to cope with coming to the end of a situation or club? This book answers that question. Mrs. McBee tells her class that she is retiring and will not be back at school when Summer Break is over. The kids are devastated, even the school staff is upset. How can they cope? Well, Mrs. McBee helps them all learn their own ways as they help one another and find joy in friendship. The story is enduring, with one child, seemingly sulking, but really capturing memories in art, while other children pack up the classroom and take care of books and pets. The illustrations show real personality. Jamika with her bossy attitude and William with his quiet ways. The pictures are big and bold and really make you remember what an elementary classroom feels like. 4 stars!

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! (Farmer Brown's Barnyard Tales)
by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Little Duck celebrates Valentine's Day in this Farmer Brown tale. And people, there is GLITTER! So, Farmer Brown makes sure all his animals are safe before turning in. Meanwhile, Little Duck is decorating like mad! She has invited all the barnyard animals to celebrate with a dance, though the cows are off having their own good time. She holds a potluck, and as animals arrive at the barn, they exchange Valentine cards. (Though I noticed the mice didn't get one) As the party is in full swing, a surprise guess comes by, a fox in the hen house! Yikes! But Little Duck has things all under control with a Valentine for their new friend. The illustrations are a wonder and really shows off the personalities of the different animals. I love that the mice dance a hustle. Little Duck is all showy in her DJ attire. It is a lot of fun and kids will love to turn the pages and feel the textures. 5 stars! (Goes on sale tomorrow 1/16/18).


  1. I don't read picture books but thanks for sharing these. The Case of the Stinky Stench sounds so good.

    1. I find my middle grader still loves picture books.

  2. I still read picture books. I even heard one read at a funeral in a touching tribute to a librarian. Thanks for sharing

  3. I LOVE picture books! All these are new to me. Thanks for the recommendations.

  4. My grandchildren would absolutely love these! Thanks!

  5. I'll have to check out the Stinky Stench series for great grands. They look like a lot of fun! And Mrs. McBee's retirement is not something I've seen in books. I remember how sad my daughter was when her favorite teacher went on maternity leave. My tween son lost a teacher in a car crash mid-year. It was hard for the kids. We need books like this for kids.