Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picture Books

Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

Cover image for Tell me a tattoo storyThis portrait of a loving family moved me to tears- happy tears. I love that it shows a father covered in tattoos, which you don’t often (if ever) see in picture books, but will often see in real life. The story follows the son’s questions about each tattoo, which highlight important moments in the dad’s life, including his favorite book as a child, and the day he met a pretty girl (the boy’s mother). It also depicts “the longest trip [he] ever took” which gives deeper and perhaps surprising background about the father’s past. This would make a great gift for all the tattooed dads out there, but I think other families will see themselves in this book as well.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Cover image for SupertruckBy day, he just collects the trash. But when the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, this superhero on wheels will save the day. Toddler truck-fans will eat this up. The bold, clean graphics and simple story line make this an ideal choice for storytime. Though I would be sure to point out to children that collecting trash is actually a very important job!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison

Cover image for Bernice gets carried awayIn Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison, Bernice the cat is at a birthday party where all of her animal friends seem to be enjoying themselves, but she certainly is not. She is in a mood. And Bernice is quite committed to her horrible mood, that is until she gets carried away… literally…by a bunch of balloons. From way up in the sky she gets a little perspective on things. What I love about this book are the emotions on the animals’ faces and how the dark clouds lift along with Bernice’s mood. The effect of how bright the pictures get is amazing. The message is a reminder that children and adults alike can use from time to time.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear

Cover image for The good little bookThe Good Little Book, by Kyo Maclear, is just that, a good little book. It is neither the most popular book, nor the most thick or glossy. It has a simple cover, and just continued to sit on the shelf where it was placed along with all the other books. And that is where it stayed. But this story also has a little boy. And when the little boy passed the quiet shelf, that’s when the Good Little Book caught his attention. The little boy picked up the Book and began to open it. That’s when the friendship began. The little boy carried his favorite Book everywhere he went. The Good Little Book was so powerful that it actually caused the boy to read this Good Little Book over and over again. Then, read it some more. This Little Book had the ability to capture its reader and carry the little boy to strange and marvelous lands. It caused him to chuckle, and became his best friend. Until one day, the boy lost the book.  Oh, goodness. Now we  are all waiting for you to come visit us at the Mount Prospect Library and to find this intriguing tale, and see what really is inside the Good Little Book !

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Archie the Daredevil Penguin by Andy Rash

Cover image for Archie the daredevil penguinArchie is a so-called “daredevil” because he has invented all kinds of crazy ways to get from one iceberg to another, including a slingshot, a rocket, and even Flap-o-matic wings. Little do his friends know that he’s just terrified of the water and the strange creatures who lurk in the briny deep! This is one of those gems of a picture book that will have adults laughing out loud just as much as their kids, and there’s still a great story arc with a positive message.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Always Remember by Cece Meng

Cover image for Always rememberOld turtle swims into his final wave as the sea creatures he has met throughout his life recall how he touched their lives. For instance, the sea otters remember how he loved to have fun and the dolphins remember his curiosity and bravery. So, even though the old turtle has died, he lives on in the heartfelt memories of his many friends. Beautiful illustrations add to this wonderful, touching story perfect; for a child or even an adult dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Book reviewed by Jamie L., Youth Services Assistant

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Cover image for Big red lollipopThis wonderful picture book tells the story of Pakistani sisters and their first experience with a birthday party invitation. When oldest sister Rabina receives her first invitation to a birthday party, her younger sister begs to go along and the girls’ mother insists that Rabina take her sister to the party.  This, of course, has the disastrous results that Rabina believes it will. This book so perfectly illustrates the universal challenges of sibling relationships right to the sweet and surprising end.  Big Red Lollipop is a delight.

Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Cover image for If you plant a seedKadir Nelson’s art is just brilliant. In his latest picture book, If You Plant a Seed, the pictures are so vibrant and colorful that they jump off of the page. Nelson has written a tale about planting seeds with a double meaning. The pictures show the literal planting and harvesting of vegetables, while the text talks about planting seeds of kindness rather than selfishness. There’s no question about the message here, and there is much to enjoy in the faces and gestures of these charming animals.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly

Cover image for Prudence wants a petEvery child wants a pet and Prudence is no different.  Her parents keep telling her she cannot have one so she tries to make do with a twig, shoe, tire and other various items to substitute as a pet.  Read to find out if she finally gets a real pet!

 

That Is Not a Good Idea! By Mo Willems

Cover image for That is not a good idea!The style of this book reminds me of an old silent movie.  A hungry fox meets a lovely duck and convinces her to take a walk with her.  Each invitation takes them farther into the woods and closer to her being eaten. Little chicks in the pictures cry out at each invitation that it is “Not a Good Idea!”  You will be surprised by the ending.