Category: children’s books

Picture Book Review–Around Our Way On Neighbor’s Day

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Time for another picture book about having fun in the summer. Around Our Way on Neighbors’ Day was written by my friend, Tameka Fryer Brown. It was illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, and published by Abrams in…

Summer Picture Books–The View at the Zoo

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall It is summer in my area. So, I’ve decided to review picture books about summer fun. I’ve tried to choose books about a variety of places and fun activities. Let’s dive in! The View at the…

Sometimes You Fly

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate was published in 2018 by Clarion Books. Jennifer Black Reinhardt illustrated the picture book. First, let me brag about the illustrations. They are sensitive but cute and funny. They definitely…

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Papa’s Mechanical Fish was written by award-winning author Candice Fleming, and illustrated by Boris Kulikov. It was published by Margaret Ferguson Books in 2013. This is a wonderful, whimsical story about a Papa who fancies himself…

The Most Magnificent Thing

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall The Most Magnificent Thing was written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. It was published in 2014 by Kids Can Press. An unnamed little girl has a wonderful idea to build the most magnificent thing. She’s not…

Violet the Pilot – Picture Boook

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Violet tbe Pilot was written and illustrated by Steve Breen. Dial Books for Young Readers published it in 2008. Violet is different from the other kids at school. She doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t spend time…

Picture Book Review How to Grow a Dinosaur

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall How to Grow a Dinosaur was written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Mike Boldt. It was published in 2018 by Dial Books for Young Readers. There are tons of picture books on the library shelves…

Picture Book Review (Nonfiction) The Inventor’s Secret

A Nonfiction Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford is an interesting and engaging nonfiction picture book written by Suzanne Slade, and illustrated (smashingly!) by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. It was published by Charlesbridge in 2015….

Picture Book Review–Blue Ethel

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Blue Ethel is a sweet picture book written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. It was published by Margaret Ferguson Books in 2017. Ethel is a cat. And true to her catly nature Ethel is independent,…

Picture Book Review—Be Kind

  Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Be Kind is written by Pat Zietlow Miller, and is illustrated lusciously by Jen Hill. It was published in 2018 by Roaring Brook Press. Be Kind is one of my favorites of the many picture…

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