These delightful new books will charm and bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Bums & tums : a lift-the-flap book of animals / illustrated by Mandy Foot.
“Who has an orange bellybutton and hangs from a tree? Who’s big all over, but especially on their ears? Who lives in Africa and has stripes on their knees? Make a guess from the clue and the close-up picture, then lift the flap to see if you are right!” (Syndetics summary)
Frida and Bear / Anthony Browne, Hanne Bartholin.
“Frida and Bear both LOVE to draw – but what? First, Frida draws a shape. Bear adds to it and turns it into a picture. Then Bear draws a shape for Frida as the game begins again. Anthony Browne and Hanne Bartholin celebrate the power of imagination and the importance of creativity in this delightful picture book that invites the reader to join in and play the shape game with them.” (Syndetics summary)
I ain’t gonna paint no more! / Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by David Catrow.
“A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green… everywhere. To the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he’ll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and… Oh no–here comes Mama! Karen Beaumont’s zippy text and David Catrow’s zany illustrations turn an infamous childhood activity into raucous storytime fun, giving a silly twist to the fine art of self-expression.” (Syndetics summary)
Get out of my bath! / Britta Teckentrup.
“A beautifully designed, boldly illustrated picture book for the very young in which readers are encouraged to get involved in the story through tilting and shaking the book.” (Syndetics summary)
The pirate’s bed / Nicola Winstanley ; illustrated by Matt James.
“A pirate is sleeping snug in his bed, dreaming pirate dreams, when a great storm comes up at sea. The pirate sleeps on, but his bed is awake and scared of the thunder and the angry waves. Tossed this way and that, the ship finally crashes, sending the pirate to a tropical island and his bed off to sea. At first, the bed is overjoyed. It’s free from smelly feet, snoring and scratchy wool. It floats in the now peaceful water, meeting friendly gulls and playful dolphins and basking in the sun. But soon the little bed begins to feel like something is missinga This fanciful tale of a bed lost at sea will capture the hearts of little pirates everywhere and send them off to sleep with dreams of tropical birds, swooshing waves and chattering monkeys.” (Syndetics summary)
Rustle up a rhythm / written by Rosalind Malam ; illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson.
“”There’s a thud, thud thudding as we scurry down the stairs. ‘Breakfast’s nearly ready!’ sounds like music to my ears.” Rhythmical text and illustrations introduce children to onomatopoeia through a range of sounds that they hear, both subconsciously and consciously, around them everyday.” (Syndetics summary)
Janine / by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.
“Meet Janine. She is one of a kind! Janine dresses a little different, remembers random facts, reads the dictionary for fun, and has her own style of cheering. Nobody does things the way Janine does things! One girl in Janine’s class is throwing a party and all the COOL kids are invited. But Janine is not cool. Some kids think she is strange and want her to change. Will Janine try to be different or just be her spectacular self? In this charming story, Maryann Cocca-Leffler uses her own daughter as inspiration for a delightfully spunky character. Janine Leffler focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She has become a role model to children and adults, encouraging them to focus on abilities and promoting respect, tolerance, and kindness.” (Syndetics summary)
I had a favorite hat / by Boni Ashburn ; pictures by Robyn Ng.
“The narrator of this charming picture book loves her summer hat, but as the seasons change, her hat isn’t always appropriate for every occasion. She must use her crafting skills to turn the hat into a work of art, perfect for every season and holiday. Featuring the same characters from the first book, I Had a Favorite Dress , along with the hip, eye-catching art style that won it so many fans, this book is perfect for young crafters and their stylish parents.” (Syndetics summary)