Perfect Picture Book Friday: When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles AND When Your Lion Needs a Bath PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday. I’m thrilled to be reviewing two brand-new books by one of my favorite kid lit mentors, Susanna Leonard Hill. And the picture book awesomeness doesn’t end there. Susanna is on a whirlwind book blog tour for the next couple of weeks. Don’t miss out on any of the blog tour stops BECAUSE there is going to be a SPECIAL PRIZE from Susanna at the end. Get an entry every time you comment and share on social media with the hashtag #whenyourbooks.

 I’ll be reviewing ANOTHER of Susanna’s new books in a couple of weeks. PLUS, Susanna will be here for a short chat tomorrow on Will Write for Cookies.

But before the double your pleasure, double your fun reviews, let’s announce the winner of the giveaway of A BAND OF BABIES donated by last week’s guest, Carole Gerber. And the winner is…



I’ll connect with you so Carole can send you the book.

And now for our review duet. With the summer upon us, I know that parents are scrambling for reading material for their kids…these will be PERFECT for the littlest listeners…and maybe the older siblings can read them to the young ones.

elephant cover


Written by: Susanna Leonard Hill

Illustrated by: Daniel Wiseman

Publisher: Little Simon (Board Book Edition – 2017)

Ages: 2-4


From Amazon:

When your elephant has the sniffles, you better make sure he doesn’t sneeze! This charming and hilarious board book highlights the many ways to make an under-the-weather elephant feel better!

 Does your elephant have the sniffles? Make sure to take good care of him because you don’t want him to start sneezing. Gather up your tissues and your pillows and make that elephant feel better! But don’t get too close…or you just might end up with the sniffles, too!

lion cover


Written by Susanna Leonard Hill

Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

Publisher: Little Simon (Board Book Edition: 2017)


From Amazon:

When your lion needs a bath, you have to be pretty sneaky! This charming and hilarious board book highlights the many ways to get your lion into that tub!

 Does your lion need a bath? When your lion needs a bath, you must be a little sneaky. After all, have you ever met a cat who likes water? So gather up your towels and rubber ducks and get that lion into the tub! But be careful…or you just might end up in the bath, too!

Why I like these books:                               

  • Simple text is filled with heart and humor.
  • Wonderful read-alouds!
  • Great illustrations.


Make a Paper Plate Lion

MacroniLion1RS6kPhoto courtesy:

WOW…I love this one…what a lot of fun!

You will need: Paper plate, spiral macaroni, glue, markers, googly eyes (optional)

For detailed instructions, please go to:


PaperPlateElephant5RS6kPhoto courtesy:

Another really creative craft!

You will need: Paper plate, construction paper,scissors, glue, marker, google eyes (optional).

For detailed instructions, please go to:

Spending time with your children can be so much fun! A couple of great books, a few pieces of paper, some glue, scissors, markers…and you can build bonds that will last a lifetime.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to chat with Susanna Leonard Hill…and if you participate in Perfect Picture Book Friday, I’d love for you to leave the link to your post in the comments so that others can come and visit your blog.

Thank you for hanging out here a bit.

 Please remember to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway of Susanna books! And come back tomorrow when she chats with us on Will Write for Cookies.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on July 7, 2017, in BOOK BLOG TOUR, Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. These both sound like amazing Board Books. I can’t wait to read them. I love your paper plate animals, Vivian! They are adorable.

    Here is the link to my #PPBF post on THE FOX WISH:—Perfect-Picture-Book-Friday-PPBF

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  2. Congratulations to Patricia on winning the prize!
    These books look great Vivian. I’m looking forward to reading them. I like your paper plate craft to go with them too!

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  3. I love your choice of books Vivian! You are always good at presenting the ones that preschool teachers will love reading to their classroom! I like your selections. I know my children in my classroom will enjoy them too.

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    • I hope these will be popular in the classroom… and at home 🙂 I love the crafts Vivian thought up, and there will be more fun tie-ins further on in the blog tour – another teacher will be doing lion pancakes and elephant ears with her preschool! Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Congrats to Pat on the win. These two board books look so cute. So happy for our PPBF friend. Your activity plates are a treat Vivian.

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  5. Congratulations Susanna ! These two new books look like such fun.

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  6. These two books look absolutely adorable. And the crafts and activities just spring to mind that would fit these two for added fun.

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  7. Congratulations Susanna! What adorable board books for little hands. I have two young great grandsons and a great niece who will love these fun stories.

    Thank you Vivian. I was surprised to see I won A BAND OF BABIES. It looks adorable!

    My website: I’m reviewing SAMMY’S BROKEN LEG today.

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    • Thanks so much, Pat! And you’re more right than you know – there is something about these books that just feels good in your hands – the size, the shape, the texture… I’m not sure but whatever it is, they’re fun to hold! 🙂

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  8. danielle hammelef

    These books are so much fun! I know they will be inspiration for my own writing. The paper crafts are so cute and would make fun projects for rainy days this summer too.

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  9. Thanks so much for having me here today, Vivian, and for the lovely reviews and fun crafts!!! I look forward to our cookie chat tomorrow 🙂

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  10. These are such cute board books. I’m anxious to read them to my little great-nieces and nephews! Congrats, Susanna!


  11. Thanks for providing such fun out-the-book crafts. With so much positive energy put into celebrating this series, it will no doubt be a smashing success!

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    • You hit the nail on the head, Jennifer! I can’t even begin to express the gratitude I feel for all the wonderful people who are hosting me on this tour, and for all the wonderful people like you who are following along, reading and supporting. Positive energy to the nth degree! Thank you for joining in the fun!


  12. I’m looking forward to reading these! And what cute craft activities to match!

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  13. I agree with your positive reviews of Susanna’s new books, Vivian. I can’t wait to read them to my grandson!

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  14. LOVE the paper plate crafts Vivian!!! Can’t wait for Susanna’s interview. Thanks so much for sharing and the review 🙂

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  15. David McMullin

    Congratulations, Susana. I’m so glad you get to share your stories with everyone.

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  16. Yeah for books for little listeners with heart & humor! And such great craft ideas, too! Can’t wait to see what the chocolaty treat will be (there WILL be chocolate – right?)!

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  17. Susanna’s books sound delightful! I can’t wait to check them out. They sound like a perfect choice for my baby to grow into!

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  18. As a participant in this double blog tour I’m enjoying going around visiting the others taking part in the fun. This is great! Vivian, the paper plate crafts are a great idea, and as Susanna said, a fun idea for a paper plate zoo!

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  19. I’m having fun, going backwards through Susanna’s blog tour. I have a load of new babies in the extended family (next shower on Saturday) so these are the kinds of books I need to purchase.

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  20. Wonderful reviews for Susanna’s books, Vivian! 👍

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