Perfect Picture Book Friday: ROCK AND ROLL WOODS Plus PB Critique Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends! 

Do you love music? I do! All kinds! From classical to rhythm and blues. From jazz to folk. But best of all, I love rock and roll.

I totally cannot listen to this song without jumping up and dancing!

And today’s Perfect Picture Book review has EVERYTHING to do with Rock and Roll. But first, we need to take care of some unfinished giveaway business.

Lovely Melissa Stoller offered a copy of her book, SCARLET’S MAGIC PAINTBRUSH. And the winner is….


She also donated a fabulous pb critique. And the winner is…


Wonderful Viviane Elbee offered a copy of her book, TEACH YOUR GIRAFFE TO SKI. And the winner is…


Fantastic Amber Hendricks offered a copy of her book, SOPHIE AND LITTLE STAR. And the winner is…


And Amber also donated a super pb critique. And the winner is…


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE GENEROUS AUTHORS! I will reach out and connect you all. And by the way…the author of today’s book is offering a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE to one lucky winner…so make sure you leave a comment later.

And now…TA-DA! 

book cover


Written by Sherry Howard

Illustrated by Anika A. Wolf

Published by Clear Fork/Spork (September 2018)

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Making friends, Sensory Integration Disorder

Synopsis: From a starred review by Kirkus


When noisy new neighbors move into a bear’s quiet neighborhood, it takes him time to adjust in this debut picture book from author Howard and illustrator Wolf.

Kuda, a brown bear, loves the soft noises that fill his neighborhood, including a whooshing stream and the chirps of local birds. But during his walk, a new sound seems to attack him: “BOOM whappa whappa.” When Kuda asks Rabbit where the noise is coming from, Rabbit explains that they have new neighbors. Kuda’s surprised that Rabbit, Owl, and Squirrel all like the racket, and he soon goes home and buries himself in blankets and ear muffs. When he finds an invitation to a “ROCK & ROLL celebration,” however, he decides he’s had enough of being alone. He sees friends dancing and playing music, and he slowly lets himself feel the rhythm, too. Soon, the new fox neighbor invites him to jam with them. Howard’s clever, onomatopoeic text is full of sound-words that young readers will love, and her sensitivity in portraying Kuda’s difficulty in trying something new will resonate. An author’s note at the end describes sensory-integration issues and autism with clarity and compassion. Wolf’s adorable, stylized cartoon animals, and the rainbow-colored stream of the music, make the woods feel welcoming.

A tale that offers a kindred spirit for readers who struggle with change.

Why I like this book:

  • As a kid, I hated going places I’d never been and meeting new people and I always got a headache at family gatherings because they were so noisy. I totally identify with Kuda, and so will many children.
  • Wonderful text that kids will enjoy hearing over and over.
  • Bold vivid colors in the illustrations really make the book pop!
  • Important helpful back matter information about sensory intergration disorder and other sensory issues that many children (and adults) experience.


rock and roll craftPhoto courtesy:

Turn up the rock and roll music while you do some of the craft ideas that you’ll find at:

Thank you so much for stopping by today. And please do come back tomorrow when Sherry stops by to chat and share a treat with us on Will Write for Cookies.

Before you go, I wanted to mention again how important it is to connect with your local library to keep them informed of the wonderful new books that are launching. Librarians are so busy, they might not see every great book and you can help by recommending a book via an online request form or by going in and speaking with the library staff. I was thrilled to find out that the lovely Elizabeth Curry just got a message from her local library that they’ve agreed to purchase one of my debut pictures of 2019:

Selection staff has decided to purchase material based on your recommendation. We will reserve the item and notify you when it’s ready to be picked up.

Title: Sweet Dreams, Sarah: From Slavery to Inventor
ISBN: 1939547318 

YAY! Thank you so much, Elizabeth! And she also told me that they’ve already ordered Pippa’s Passover Plate for their collectionThe other thing that we can do to help increase the chance that these wonderful books will be a sales success is to leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other review sites

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the PB Critique giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends. And come back tomorrow to hear some words of wisdom (oh yeah…you better believe it) from Sherry Howard…and snag a not-to-be-missed holiday dessert recipe!






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 November 2, 2018, in Craft activities for kids, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 46 Comments.

  1. This book sounds amazing! So much covered in such a short space, and I know all kids can relate to adjusting to new experiences. The art is adorable too! Very excited for this one, not just for my daughter, but I adore onomatopoeias too!😄


  2. I love the sound of this story and Rock and Roll Woods is such an eye catching title.

    Thank you for the critique giveaway Sherry.


  3. Sherry,
    Congratulations on your debut PB. I love music and I love silence so I think I will appreciate your book. I hope I win the PB critique.


  4. This looks and sounds a wonderful book that reaches out to kids in a sensitive way. Super congratulations on your debut PB. Can’t wait to read it.

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  5. What a wonderful premise for a book! And the illustrations look delightful as well! Congratulations!!


  6. I can’t wait to see this! Sounds like a winner, as many people (not just kids) will relate. Thanks for introducing us to Rock and Roll Woods, Vivian!


  7. I am happy to see a book like this that will help children possibly feel better about and understand Sensory Integration Disorder. I have a college son (w/Aspergers &SID) who could have used this book when he was younger. 16 yrs ago, schools were just finding out about SID and that it’s real! Even the older OT wasn’t “sold”on it being real, so he mainly did hand writing w/him. I had to advocate for a weighted vest and almost anything he needed. I would have loved to have had this book then and would have gifted him along with a smug smile. Glad this disorder is being addressed. Sounds like solutions addressing discomfort are offered too? I will look for this book in my library this weekend, and will request it if not there. Thanks to all involved in making this much needed book. I think I am not re-eligible for the drawing yet, but I did want to express my relief and appreciation for Rock and Roll Woods.✌🏼💙🎶💁🏼🎨📚😊


    • Annie, my heart goes to you for the struggles! I was a teacher, but also an advocate through an organization that fought for rights for kids with special needs. I’m also a special needs parent. The book itself doesn’t offer solutions other than being a good friend, since it’s aimed at young children and that’s about all they can offer. But, that’s pretty big for that age group. The back matter is included in hopes of bringing awareness.


  8. Now that I look back I remember my son screaming at a birthday party about the noise of the other children talking. He said he could not stand all the noise. At school, he had a an OT. She worked with him on writing skills but like Annie Lynn’s son, sensory integration disorder was not considered as the cause. My son is 24 now and he could have used this book back then too.
    All these memories of him being sensitive to noise are flooding back. Many times he would say “turn that music off, I don’t like it”.
    Thank you for showing us this book Vivian. It’s a healing book for me and for my son now.
    All the best,


    • So happy to see people like you feeling the extra layer of this book! I hope to get it to the kids who need it most. I haven’t made those connections yet, but hope to. It’s funny, when I asked a group of 150 first graders to raise their hands if they hated loud noises, over half of their hands shot up. Even I was surprised by how many related to the issue.

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  9. I’ve worked with kids who have sensory issues, so I’m excited to see Sherry’s book!


  10. Regarding the library… At least in larger cities/systems, it’s most helpful to librarians if you can use the (usually) online process or portal to make a collections request or suggestion. Yes, have the chat with library staff. But since they often must comply with a centralized purchasing system, help them, too, by submitting ‘properly.’

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  11. This book sounds fabulous to a grown-up who still remembers how shy I was (and still am) in new situations—sometimes there’s just too much to take in at once!
    Off to add this to my library requests!


  12. Congratulations Sherry! This book looks wonderful-and will also be an important resource as well. And thanks for the great post, Vivian–requesting books is an easy way to get all of these incredible PBs into the hands of kiddos! And as you said, online reviews help so much too.


  13. Anitha Kuppuswamy

    Amazing book very much excited to read this book!!


  14. This book sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read it!


  15. Aw, what a sweet sounding story. “Boom whappa whappa” gave me a chuckle. Thanks for sharing! I also completely agree–it is so beneficial to let libraries know what material little readers are looking for!


  16. Yippeee!!! I’m a winner! Thank you, Vivian and Amber! So excited to hug my copy of Sophie and Little Star! Thank you! And congrats to other lucky winners!

    You know, I once did aerobics to Seeger’s song, LOL. Funny how music brings memories to the surface. Gotta get up and move! But my introverted self can understand why bear needs a little less noise sometimes, or maybe all of the time, like many kids with sensory processing issues. This sounds like a great book!


    • Yay, Jilanne! What a great book to win a copy of! And, thanks, I had the same walk down memory lane when working on the book. My husband had a band, so it was a natural! Our books are so much a blend of our experiences—so many bits and pieces of me in this one!

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  17. Congratulations, Sherry, on your debut. I can so relate to Kuda’s desire for quiet, and I think many kids & parents will, too.


  18. Congratulations, Sherry. Can’t wait to read Rock and Roll Woods.


  19. Congrats on your debut book, Sherry. Rock and Roll Woods sounds wonderful and the illustrations are adorable..

    Because I have a relative with Aspergers I know there is a need for this topic. Thanks for filling that need.

    Oh, and YIPEEE! I am a winner. Thank you so much, Vivian and Amber. And congrats to all the other winners.



    What a cute and clever story! My kindergarten students will love reading this. Thanks for sharing! And thanks Vivian, for the lovely prizes!


  21. Great picture book idea! Love the focus on sensory integration, something my son dealt with as a child. Thanks for sharing with us!


  22. I absolutely love Bob Seger, and it looks like I’m going to love Rock and Roll Woods too!


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