Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday! I’m so happy to bring you one of the new 2018 debuts! This one is such a perfect marriage of text and illustrations – and one of the reasons for that is because it was created by the very talented author/illustrator Jen Betton. I fell in love with her heartfelt drawings of all of the animal characters and I think you will also. And guess what? Jen will be stopping by Will Write for Cookies tomorrow with an inside peek at her writing/illustrating life.
Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post and on tomorrow’s for a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book!
HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG
Written and illustrated by Jen Betton
Published by G.P.Putnam’s Sons (June 2018)
Synopsis: From Amazon:
Everyone needs hugs, even if they’re prickly.
When Hedgehog wakes up feeling down in the snout and droopy in the prickles, he knows a hug will make him feel much better. But none of his animal friends are eager to wrap their arms around Hedgehog’s prickles, and he’s too smart to fall for Fox’s sly offer.
Then Hedgehog gets a surprise: Another animal in the forest is feeling exactly the same way.
Luckily, both are kind and brave enough for the perfect hug
Why I like this book:
- Text filled with heart and humor is paired with gorgeous heartfelt illustrations
- I LOVE friendship stories – and so do children
- Kids will really relate to how Hedgehog is feeling
Photo courtesy: https://totallythebomb.com/25-totally-cute-hedgehog-crafts
Can you believe all of these awesome hedgehog crafts? For detailed instructions, please go to: https://totallythebomb.com/25-totally-cute-hedgehog-crafts
Matthew Winner gave a shout out to Jen’s new trailer for HEDGEHOG NEEDS A HUG: http://www.matthewcwinner.com/single-post/2018/06/05/HEDGEHOG-NEEDS-A-HUG-Book-Trailer-Premiere
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And definitely don’t miss coming tomorrow when author/illustrator Jen Betton stops by to chat on Will Write for Cookies.
Happy Summer to all…and have a safe weekend!
What a totally perfect day for a totally perfect picture book entitled SNOW SISTERS
Yes, here in New Hampshire, we are in the middle of a BLIZZARD! It’s actually lovely if you don’t have to go anywhere and have plenty of food and water and power to heat your home and keep the internet going.
And the lovely Kerri Kokias, author of Snow Sisters, has graciously offered a picture book manuscript critique as a giveaway. Woo-hoo! And tomorrow, Kerri will be stopping by to chat and share a delicious recipe for hot cocoa! MMMMM…whose got the marshmallows?
Written by Kerri Kokias
Illustrated by Teagan White
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2018)
Themes: Sisters, friendship, being yourself
From Amazon: Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work together to make the perfect snow day! A heartwarming sibling story from the illustrator of That’s Me Loving You.
When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she’s all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other’s footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building.
The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently–until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion. LeUyen Pham’s Big Sister, Little Sister meets Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow.
Why I like this book:
I have a sister and remember well our differences, but I also remember how we found ways to come together
I love how each sister goes her own way, but in the end, they show how much they love each other
Wonderful illustrations and perfect pacing of the text will engage children from the first page to the last.