Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. It’s been quite a few weeks since I did a picture book review. How did that happen? Well, I put my house on the market, but of course, before that could happen, I had to totally de-clutter it! Good news! It sold on the first day! Now I am sorting/purging/packing. The closing date is August 31 and I’ll be moving in with my daughter and her family who live only 5 minutes down the road.
Easy-peasy, you say. Hmmm…it might be, but my daughter and son-in-law wanted to find the perfect house with a separate space/separate entrance for me which their current house doesn’t have. Therefore, we’ve been house-hunting at the same time. More good news…I think we found a house that will suit us all!! So, now they’ve decluttered their home in record time and their Open House is Saturday. Fingers crossed for a quick sale so we can proceed with the house that we found.
And, to add to this busy mix, I participated in Justin Colon’s #PBChat Mentorship Program. Now I have TWO mentees (hurray for Rebecca Chester and Carolyn Fraiser), two runners-ups and four honorable mentions. And that is the best news of all. I’m really looking forward to working with all of these fabulous writers.
Today’s picture book selection is by another fabulous writer…author Jolene Gutierrez. I was lucky enough to meet her in person when I was in Colorado last summer for a book event at Second Star to the Right bookstore in Denver. Jolene was one of the kidlit folk who came out to support me…and after the bookstore event, a bunch of us walked down the street to Sushi Den for lunch…yum! And speaking of yum…how about some…
MAC AND CHEESE: PERSONAL SPACE INVADER
Written by Jolene Gutiérrez
Illustrated by Heather Bell
Published by Spork (2020)
Themes: Personal space, getting along, friendship
Synopsis: From Amazon:
Mac and Cheese are the class guinea pigs, and Oliver is their biggest fan. So he watches them to learn how he can be a good friend. But while snuggling might be fine for guinea pigs, Oliver’s classmates don’t like him getting into their personal space bubbles. With the help of his teacher and classmates, Oliver learns that being a friend means respecting personal space.
Why I love this book:
- Kids will really relate to the main character who wants to be a good friend, but isn’t quite sure how to go about it
- It’s so important for kids to understand about respecting another person’s space
- I love the illustrations – the main character’s expression is priceless…and what a great idea about the hula hoop to delineate personal space
Photo courtesy: https://www.drawinghowtodraw.com
Kids love cartoons! Some of them even doodle their own all over their school work. Here’s a step by step tutorial on drawing a cartoon hamster: https://www.drawinghowtodraw.com/stepbystepdrawinglessons/2010/02/how-to-draw-cartoon-hamsters-with-easy-step-by-step-drawing-tutorial/
Please remember to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of MAC AND CHEESE…and don’t forget that the best way to show an author how much you love their book is to:
- Buy a copy
- Review it
- Tell friends about it (share on social media)
- Ask your local library to purchase a copy for their collection.
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! Please stay safe and well. And please come back tomorrow when award-winning author and Blue Whale editor Alayne Kay Christian stops by to chat about her newest picture book.