Picture Book Personals (41)

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Princess seeks kidnapped prince and possibly new wardrobe.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

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Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Stellaluna

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Awesome!

Picture Books At The Library 113

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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A little girl imagines herself as Wonder Woman.

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Hattie makes friends with the monster in the lake and saves him from being captured by the townspeople. Gorgeous illustrations!

Reginald the T. Rex feels like an outcast because he prefers to eat fruits and vegetables instead of meat.

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Three robot brothers have trouble falling asleep.

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A young boy decides that he is ready to jump off of the diving board.

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Fifteen children’s book artists draw their favorite colors and explain why they love them.

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From flip-flops to fireworks, summer has something for everyone.

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The ghost of a goldfish searches for a new home and a friend.

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A little bulldozer wants to help the other trucks, but a little surprise keeps him from doing his job.

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Two little nuts keep on rolling and rolling until they finally roll all the way home.

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Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, yawn, and stretch, and sometimes they pile into a stack.

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An energetic youngster tries to coax his dad out of bed very early in the morning.

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A toad in the road causes chaos and car crashes.

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A toddler creates Godzilla-like mayhem.

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A fox becomes a little chicks daddy.

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An interesting group of characters put a robot together, wind him up, and watch him go.

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Even the biggest blunders can spark the brightest inspiration when you’re an artist. Clever!

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Two cockatoos make stew for two toucans and some gnus too. Clever wordplay!

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Number 6 claims that 7 ate 9 and now 7 is after him. Fun!

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Sukie, a small dog, is afraid of everything. How will she overcome her fears to save her beloved stuffed monkey. Cute!

Picture Book Personals (40)

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Young bat seeks way to land on her feet.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

Stellaluna

Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

The Rainbow Fish

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Too easy?

Picture Books At The Library 112

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

Lots of cute and sweet in this bunch!

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Wherever Gloria goes, she spreads glitter along the way, even through town. The townsfolk have had enough.

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Nina is determined to go fishing with her grandfather on his old banca boat even though he says a boat is not a place for girls.

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Long ago, there lived a princess named Cinnamon, with pearls for eyes, who never spoke, until a tiger came to the palace and changed everything.

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When Wade’s antlers become wiggly and he realizes they’ll be falling out soon, he tries his best to keep them as long as possible.

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Cub is full of energy and wants to play and explore, but Tiger just wants to take a nap.

The fruit have a dance party in the kitchen while we’re all asleep at night.

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A badger wants to know what his rabbit friend is waiting for and asks lots of questions in order to get clues and guess.

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Discover what airplanes, helicopters, and blimps do to get ready for bed after a hard day’s work.

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When the moles are running low on food, it’s up to Morris, the littlest one, to save the day.

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A little girl takes care of her beloved baby doll.

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Pirate dinosaurs sail across the sea in search of buried treasure.

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A father expresses his love for his son through a love song.

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A mother and child plant flower bulbs in the fall, wait through the winter, and see them bloom in the spring.

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Beautiful sparkling fish seeks happiness.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?

Rainbow Fish

Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Love You Forever

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Sweet!

Picture Books At The Library 111

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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A boy, expecting a kitten for a pet, receives a lion instead, and must learn the proper way to care for it.

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As Little Red is transported across the countryside, down a river, and through the city, he feels anxious about his destination.

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Feeling unappreciated during the performance, a magician’s assistant grabs the wand and performs some feats of her own.

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Three little pugs set out, each with a plan to build the perfect house, but the big, bad cat is lurking nearby.

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Kids have all kinds of feelings and questions when their moms or dads are incarcerated.

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Norton and Alpha always find a use for the things they collect on their walks together, but one day, they encounter something very unusual and very baffling.

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To build a surprise, the carpenter ants measure caterpillars, butterflies, and other insect friends in units of ants.

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Celebrate the third year, full of make-believe, new friends, and growing independence.

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A spot runs away from its cheetah and has many exciting adventures.

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All the animals are afraid of the Giant Jumperee who is hiding inside Rabbit’s burrow.

A boy walks through the forest and discovers all the wonders within.

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Shawn loves sharks more than anything, so he isn’t happy when Stacy is assigned ‘sharks’ for the big class project and he’s stuck with ‘seals’.

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Sea Monkey is afraid he might sink and Bob is afraid he might float. But together they are safe.

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George wants to build the best sand castle ever, but when he meets a strange new creature, the night takes an unexpected turn. Sweet with A+ illustrations!

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When Clem goes out one day, Shorty finds a package addressed to Clem. He will most definitely not open it. So Much Fun!!

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Plankton tries hard to get Mister Mussel to return a friendly greeting, but when Mussel finally opens his mouth, the results are unfortunate for Plankton. Funny!

May’s Winner (plus June’s prize)!

In January, I posted about a year-long giveaway called New Year=New Beginnings that I’m offering here on Frog on a Blog–a new prize each month for folks who comment on blog posts. With so much negative energy floating around in the world, I wanted to do something positive to show my gratitude to my followers, fans, and friends for their support.

January’s prize was a copy of my book The Peddler’s Bed.

February’s prize was an adorable plushie Curious George.

March’s prize was a set of Pilot’s pens, a Night Writer 2-pack with LED lights, perfect for writing in the dark, and a must have for writers or travelers.

April’s prize was winner’s choice of either a picture book manuscript critique (for writers) or a Personal Library Kit (for book lovers).

May’s prize was a set of two darling bookmarks: A Hippo and a Crocodile.

And the winner of May’s prize is…

Pat Kolceski

Congratulations, Pat! A hippo and a crocodile will be on their way to your house very soon!


June’s prize is Maurice Sendak’s Nutshell Library box set that includes four tiny classics: Alligators All AroundChicken Soup With RiceOne Was Johnny, and Pierre.

I loved these when I was a child and I still own a set today. 

Comment on this post or any post during the month of June for your chance to win. For more information on how to qualify for prizes, click HERE.

Due to contest/sweepstakes regulations in other countries, this giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. I’m very sorry fans and followers from other nations. I still appreciate you! All winners are chosen at random.

Picture Books At The Library 110

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I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all. But I can share them! Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

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Donkey tries to convince the farmer that all the other animals have left the farm, but the farmer doesn’t believe him.

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Flowers can resemble other things, like birds, ballerinas, and monkeys.

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While fishing, Mr. and Mrs. Muskrat meet a giant, magical fish who grants them one wish.

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All around the world, families carry their little ones in many different ways.

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When the wind interferes with everything Argyle Fox tries to play outside, his mother suggests he think of something made for a windy day.

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Grizzle Grump has just woken from his long winter slumber, and he’s hungry.

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It’s time for all of Hattie Peck’s children to leave the nest.

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At the end of a long day guarding the galaxy, it is time for Groot to settle down.

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When an alligator shows up to class one day, Mrs. Iraina and her ballet students are very surprised, but welcome her into the class anyway.

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Little Lion is teased by the other animals for being so small, but he finds a way to prove his worth.

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Joseph puts a plan into action to discover what his parents do at night after they tuck him into bed.

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As war rages, Peter and his father flee their home, taking with them a treasure more precious than jewels.

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A bug decides to take up residence in the fur of a grumpy bear.

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Ollie is jealous of his baby cousin Lily because his grandma seems to love her more than him. Beautiful art!

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When Zebra accidentally steps on Lion’s toe, Lion gets angry and begins chasing Zebra in what turns out to be a remarkable show. Fun!

My View Book Review: If I Could Climb Trees by Jeff Minich

 

Title: If I Could Climb Trees

Author: Jeff Minich

Illustrator: Renan Garcia

Publisher/Year: Nuggies Inc./2017


Coco the puppy is back and ready for fun in volume 5 of the Nuggies picture book series by author Jeff Minich and illustrator Renan Garcia. Coco dreams of climbing trees. She wants a birds-eye view of the world. She imagines the amazing things she might see, a vast ocean with a sandy beach or snow-capped mountain peaks. Coco wants to leap from branch to branch like the squirrels and lick sweet sap like the ants. When the sun goes down, she’ll stretch out on a sturdy limb as the lights of the city twinkle in the distance. And as she begins to fall asleep, she’ll wonder what the birds, and the bugs, and the squirrels dream about. Maybe they dream about doing the things that puppies do.

If I Could Climb Trees is a sweet and inspiring ode to dreams, not just the dreams we have while we’re asleep, but the dreams each one of us aspires to. Once upon a time, I had a dream to publish a book and see it on the shelves of libraries and bookstores. My dream came true with the publication of The Peddler’s Bed. My husband dreamed of earning a black belt in karate. He accomplished that goal and now actually has a fifth degree black belt. 

I believe that kids should be encouraged to follow their dreams. This colorfully illustrated book with its super cute animal characters is a great starting point for light discussions about their hopes for the future. If we encourage and support the aspirations of children, there’s no doubt that one day they will reach great heights…perhaps higher than a little puppy that climbed a tree.

To read a review of volume 2 in the Nuggies series, All The Other Nuggies, click HERE.

For more information about the Nuggies book series, click HERE.