With this batch of Cybils fiction picture book nominees, I am essentially half way through the nominees in this category. (I’m counting board books separately to make myself feel more accomplished.) I have now read 103 of the 212 books. I’m getting closer!
Here are my mini-reviews of 12 more fiction picture book nominees.
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins (ages 6-8)
This book outlines all of the things a boy and his dog are learning at school and out in the world. It covers science, math, art, reading, foreign languages, and geography. The author creatively weaves the dog into each subject and links them all together.
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (ages 2-6)
Two turtles find a hat in the desert. It looks good on both of them, but it’s unfair that only one of them can have it, so they leave it where they found it. One turtle has a harder time forgetting about the hat until his friend dreams about them both wearing hats. Then he easily abandons the real hat for the possibility of dreaming about them both wearing hats. It’s a sweet story about friendship and fairness.
Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd (ages 3-6)
Two children are exploring their city looking for “wild”. Sometimes it’s hard to spot. Other times it’s impossible to miss. Wild is everywhere trying to take over. This book points out the nature all around us, but it’s not really a story.
Puddles!!! by Kevan Atteberry (ages 2-4)
This book captures the essence of children – their extreme joy and overwhelming fear. A little monster is so excited about the sun and the rain and the puddles and the mud. And then the thunder and lightning come, and he is terrified. When his excitement is back as soon as the rain stops and a rainbow comes out. So cute.
Crunch! by Carolina Rabei (ages 3-6)
Crunch is a guinea pig who loves eating, but he feels like something is missing from his life. All he does is eat all day. When a mouse named Cheddar comes along asking Crunch to share his food in exchange for a hug, Crunch refuses. But then he starts thinking and worrying about Cheddar. In the end, they become friends and share food and hugs. Super sweet.
Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus by John Hendrix (ages 5-9)
This book outlines the miracles of Jesus, his disciples, and ultimately the betrayal of Judas, the crucifiction (only alluded to), and Jesus’ resurrection. It’s beautifully illustrated, and it would be an excellent addition to a Christian family’s library.
A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins (ages 3-8)
This book is hilarious and rather morbid. First you think the lion has eaten all of the other animals, only to find that they’ve really thrown him a surprise party. But then I think he really does eat them, and then a dinosaur eats him. We’re left with only a turtle. The humor is dry and perfect. Kids will laugh at this one.
The Ugly Dumpling by Stephanie Campisi (ages 4-8)
This story is The Ugly Duckling with a twist. It’s a story about friendship, about being different, and about being OK with being different. The dumpling concept is adorable. It’s a fun retelling of this classic fairy tale.
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom (ages 3-6)
This story is a little disturbing. A snack gobbles up a young boy who is playing in the shade of a Eucalyptus tree. The boy assures him there is more room in his stomach, so he eats more and more and more until eventually all of the animals and the boy come flying back out of the snake. So strange.
Ida, Always by Caron Levis (ages 4-8)
This story tells of two bears, Ida and Gus, who live in the zoo in Central Park. They do everything together and are the best of friends. When Ida gets sick, the trainer explains to Gus that Ida will slow down and need to rest a lot. Ida and Gus mourn together, but they still play together sometimes too. When Ida dies, Gus misses her, but he knows she’s still there even if he cannot see her.
The Storyteller by Evan Turk (ages 6-8)
A magical tale of draught, water, a blue bird, and a little boy who defeated the sand storm and saved his village, this story is meant to highlight the art of storytelling. The oral tradition is disappearing around the world. This story is interesting, but rather long. I enjoyed the magical yarn.
Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long (ages 4-8)
I’m not sure what to think of this video game / nerd movie / epic quest type mash-up story. It’s fantasy for kids, classic good vs. evil with a twist because the evil one is not who you expect. It’s full of speech bubbles with silly lines. It’s fun I guess albeit a little strange.
Which of these books have you read?
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