Perfect Picture Book Friday: FAMOUSLY PHOEBE

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday! Fall is here in New England…leaves are changing color and the temps are decidedly chilly when I get up in the morning.

2017 has exploded with amazing children’s books and I’m thrilled to bring you one that will help older siblings when the new baby arrives. Author Lori Alexander is offering a copy of her newest picture book as a giveaway. Please make sure you leave a comment below and come back tomorrow to double your entries when she stops by to chat about the writing life.

Phoebe cover JPEG


Written by Lori Alexander

Illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard

Published by Sterling Children’s Books (2017)

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Sibling rivalry, family dynamics, self-worth


From Amazon: 

Phoebe was the shining star of her family. Then someone came along to take her place.   
For as long as Phoebe can remember, she’s known the clickety click click of a photographer snapping her picture. Thanks to the camera-carrying “paparazzi” (aka Mom and Dad), she’s always been the star of the show . . . until the day a tiny newcomer arrives on set.
Will Phoebe learn to share the spotlight and assume the role she was born to play: big sister? This sweet tale of sibling rivalry resolved is perfect for every older brother and sister.

Why I like this book:

  • A story that engages from the opening lines to the last page.
  • Fabulous bold illustrations that invite the reader into the action.
  • A universal theme that never loses its appeal.


Make a Family Newspaper


Photo courtesy:

You will need: Paper, ruler, pencil/pen, markers/crayons, family photos, scissors, glue

What fun! Each family member can write a column for this newspaper!

For detailed instructions:

Please make sure you come back tomorrow when we chat with Lori Alexander on Write for Cookies. And don’t forget that one of the greatest gifts you can give an author is to review their books on Amazon or Goodreads.

For more great picture book reviews and activities, hurry over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday post.

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend!


About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on October 6, 2017, in Craft activities for kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. This is such a fresh approach to this theme and I can’t wait to read it.


  2. Such a clever take! These days, every child has thousands of photos taken. When I was growing up, it was birthday, Easter, and Christmas. I still have those fuzzy childhood images!

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  3. This sounds adorable! Looking forward to the interview. Congrats Lori and thank you Vivian!

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  4. Thanks, Vivian for another great tip for welcoming a new baby into the family. Congratulations to Lori for what sounds like a perfect book for parents and their first-born.


  5. mariagianferrari

    This looks like such a cute book! Thanks for sharing, Vivian. I saw it over on Tara’s blog too 🙂


  6. I love the perfectly contemporary theme of mom and dad as paparazzi. Thanks for the heads up, Vivian!

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  7. Love the title and the take on an older siblings hold on the attention. Looking forward to seeing this one!! Thanks, Vivian!


  8. Definitely sounds interesting. I’ll have to go find this one. Love your activity.


  9. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    I can’t wait to read about Phoebe! Kids certainly aren’t camera-shy anymore. Such a great cover image too.


  10. Definitely want to check this book out. The title and premise are wonderful, and the cover is so eye-catching.

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  11. Cute book and love the fresh approach to a common theme. Love the family newspaper idea too.


  12. This is so funny. Parents as paparazzi. Brilliant! Guess my older brothers felt this way about me, too. 😀 And I love your newspaper activity. Kids can feature pictures of themselves and their family in the pages.


  13. This sounds like fun and the cover illustration is so fun and fitting!


  14. Oh Wow! How many of us are guilty of being the photography paparazzi. My great grandson is dealing with a new brother and this would be a great book for him. All of a sudden, everything is “mine.” Gave him the book “Mine!” by Jeff Mack and it’s his favorite book. Need to add this one!


  15. Lori, thank you for a wonderful picture book. I could use this in my preschool classroom. I know many moms who would love this book. Many of the preschool children have younger siblings.
    All the best,


  16. Sue Heavenrich

    It’s tough to be a celebrity and then – poof! some young upstart robs you of fame and photo ops. This looks like such a fun story.


  17. I’m looking forward to reading this one! Such a great concept and so timely!


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