A few quick reviews of some newer picture books that just hit our shelves!
"Exuberant" is the first word that comes to mind when you see Myers' illustrations! Doug LOVES to dig, much to his family's dismay. When I was younger, one of my favorite books was The Diggingest Dog by Al Perkins. In that book, the dog shows remorse for his destruction at the end - not so with Doug, which somehow makes him all the more lovable! As you follow his tunneling adventures from a gold mine to the White House, you can even get in tidbits of social studies and pop culture with the kids. We may pair this with Barnett's Sam and Dave Dig a Hole for our next Mud Day.
For Lizzie, the perfect afternoon is one spent playing with her big sister, Jane. But it’s tough being the little sister. Jane is always busy with activities and play dates. And so she hatches the perfect plan to show Jane just how much she loves her. Each day of the week Lizzie works hard sketching and planning, waiting until Saturday when she can reveal her grand surprise to Jane: it’s Sister Day, a celebration of imagination and sisterhood.
Any younger sibling can easily relate to this story line, and I liked how patiently the younger sister waited and planned through the older sister's (imo, way overscheduled) week. The sweet illustrations, featuring the transparent imaginations of the little sister, match the feeling of the text beautifully. Background characters have their own little two-dimensional worlds going on, so they are well worth poring over as you read!
Little Robot’s life is peaceful—yet maybe it’s a little peaceful. But wait! He has an idea. With a little hard work, perseverance, and resourceful thinking, can Little Robot build his way to the perfect cure for loneliness?
While the name "MacLachlan" is an old favorite in children's literature, the illustrations really make this book. I want to see this little robot on everything from framed prints to tattoos! The softness and detail combined make this a perfect book to snuggle up with together.