Category: Picture Books

The Blue Whale – a Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. It’s that wonderful time of year again—school restarts after summer break. I love it! I peruse the aisles of department stores admiring the shiny new school supplies. I haven’t taught school for fourteen years, but…

Picture Book Review-A Rock Can Be

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall. A Rock Can Be… written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Violeta Dabija was published in 2015 by Millbrook Press (of Lerner Publishing Group). Salis presents very basic information about rocks in a matter-of-fact way….

Picture Book Review-Ocean Meets Sky

  Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Ocean Meets Sky was written and illustrated by The Fan Brothers. It was published by Simon % Schuster Books for Young Readers in 2018. This book is home to some incredible art. Really! Just like…

Picture Book Review-Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

Another picture book (almost) review by Jean Matthew Hall Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars is a nonfiction picture book plus more.  It was written by Christiane Kump Tibbits and illustrated by Linda Garrow. It was published by Northwords Press in 1996. Sadly Northwords Press…

Picture Book Review–Hot City

Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. The picture book Hot City by Barbara Joosse was published in 2004 by Philomel. It was illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. In the summer many of us turn our thoughts toward beaches, pools, parks and lakeside…

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…

Anything Is Possible – Picture Book

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Anything Is Possible was written in Italian by Giulia Belloni and illustrated by Marco Trevisan. It was translated into English by William Anselmi and published in English in 2011 by Owl Kids. A sheep and a…

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…

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