Monday, June 30, 2014

Prof. Picturebook and Dr. Scarpuppy Review: "Are You My Mother?"

Are You My Mother? is written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman.

Prof. Picturebook says:

'Eastman's simple, wide-eyed protagonist never fails to capture our hearts as he embarks on a quest to find his mother. Along the way he catches a glimpse of the sometimes frightening yet always fascinating world around him. Buy this book for a mother of a college student who is about to 'leave the nest,' and she will remember with a tearful smile how small and helpless we all once were."

Dr. Scarpuppy says:

"If I were that bird, I would have accepted the steam shovel as my mother and together we would have dominated the entire forest!"

Friday, June 27, 2014

Prof. Picturebook and Dr. Scarpuppy Review: "The Recess Queen"

The Recess Queen is written by Alexis O'Neil and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith.

Prof. Picturebook says: 

"As a kitten, I know what it's like to be intimidated by larger, meaner creatures. And that's why I cheered when the good-natured Katie wins over Mean Jean the Recess Queen. Kindness and friendship triumph!"

Dr. Scarpuppy says: 

"At first I was disappointed when Mean Jean turned into a good guy. But then I realized that her supposed transformation is simply part of a larger Machiavellian scheme to gain more power. I can't wait for the sequel!" 

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You may also like: Loud Emily

and the Crystal Kite award winning book: The Kite That Bridged Two Nations

Monday, June 23, 2014

Prof. Picturebook and Dr. Scarpuppy Review "I Want My Hat Back"

I Want My Hat Back is written and illustrated by Jon Klassen.

Prof. Picturebook says: 

"The deadpan humor and perfect timing make Jon Klassen the Buster Keaton of the picture book world." 


Dr. Scarpuppy says: 
Klassen's books provide a clear message, "If you steal my hat, I will eat you." 

I like that. 

Visit Jon Klassen's Tumblr Page.

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Prof. Picturebook and Dr. Scarpuppy review "Harold and the Purple Crayon"

Written and Illustrated by Crockett Johnson.

Prof. Picturebook says: 

What's not to love about this classic adventure about a boy, a crayon, and a journey through one's imagination? Many picture books since "Harold" have toyed with the same premise, but no one does it better than the original.

Dr. Scarpuppy says: 

A young boy wields infinite power and all he does is feed a starving moose and a lazy porcupine? 

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" is a disappointing tale of omnipotence wasted! 

Visit the Crockett Johnson homepage. 

Prof. Picturebook and Dr. Scarpuppy Review "When a Dragon Moves In"

When a Dragon Moves In 

Written by Jodi Moore. Illustrations by Howard McWilliam.

Prof. Peter Picturebook says:
"The day-at-the-beach imagery and complex kid-made sand castles complement the fun-loving, fantastical fire-breathing creatures."

Dr. Scarpuppy says:

"What sort of message is this sending? No one should be playing with these dangerous creatures! 

(I mean the humans, not the dragons.")

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Visit Jodi Moore's Website

Visit Howard McWilliam's Website

When a Dragon Moves In is published by Flash Light Press. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

What is a Picture Book?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  But if a Picture Book is over a thousand words, a lot of editors start to complain.