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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May Picture Books from Candlewick Press

Today I have four wonderful May picture books from Candlewick to share with y'all...

Waiting for Chicken Smith 
By David Mackintosh 
May 3, 2019 

A story about childhood friendships, anticipation, and the magic moments that arise while you're waiting for something else to happen. 

Every year a young boy stays in the same cabin at the beach with his family. And every year his friend Chicken Smith stays in the next cabin over. But this year, something's different: Chicken Smith hasn't shown up yet. The boy's little sister, MaryAnn, keeps trying to get his attention, but he's too busy remembering all of his adventures with Chicken Smith -- and thinking about everything they're going to do this summer. Is Chicken ever going to show up? And just what has MaryAnn been yelling about? David Mackintosh's ode to small summer wonders will make readers of all ages open their eyes to the quick, blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments happening all around them. 

Waiting For Chicken Smith is a tender and amusing summery tale about friendship, sibling love, and anticipation. Little readers will have fun joining the narrator in his exciting anticipation of Chicken Smith’s arrival, while being thoroughly engaged by the quirky illustrations. 

How To Take Care Of Your Dinosaur 
By Jason Cockcroft 
May 14, 2019 

What would you do if, instead of a cat or a goldfish, you had a dinosaur for a pet? Well, that's exactly what happens to the little boy in this story when an enormous egg appears at his house one day. Day by day, he learns exactly how to look after his dinosaur: what to feed it for breakfast, where to take it for walks, and, perhaps most difficult of all, how to deal with dinosaur-size poop! 

A silly, laugh-out-loud guide to caring for YOUR dinosaur, with sweetly rendered illustrations  and an unforgettable friendship, How To Take Care Of Your Dinosaur is a rollicking delight from beginning to end! 

Bear’s Book 
By Claire Freedman 
Illustrated by Alison Friend 
May 14, 2019 

A story about stories, writing, reading, and friendship  

When Bear's favorite book of stories falls apart, he is determined to write one of his own. He ventures into the forest for inspiration, but writing is harder than he thinks, and he soon discovers that he needs help from his friends. See how Bear transforms their day into a wonderful adventure in this story about creativity and friendship. 

For anyone who loves to hear a great story or write one themselves, Bear’s Book is for YOU. Bear’s adventures with his friends and his search for the perfect story to tell will captivate and inspire little readers. 

Sea Glass Summer 
By Michelle Houts 
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline 
May 14, 2019 

Author Michelle Houts and illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline explore the magic of one of the seaside's greatest wonders and the bonds that link us through time. 

One summer, a boy named Thomas visits his grandmother at her seaside cottage. She gives him a magnifying glass that once belonged to his grandfather, and with it Thomas explores the beach, turning grains of sand into rocks and dark clamshells into swirling mazes of black, gray, and white. When his grandmother shows him a piece of sea glass, Thomas is transfixed. That night he dreams of an old shipyard and the breaking of a bottle. Could the very piece of sea glass on his nightstand have come from that bottle? For the rest of the summer, he searches for more sea glass and hopes to have dreams that will reveal more of the sea's secrets. A stunning ode to stories and the seaside, this picture book invites readers to imagine the ocean of possibility that lives in every small or forgotten treasure. 

Sea Glass Summer, with its touching story and dreamy, painted illustrations, is a beautiful and moving celebration of summer, the beach, history, and the power of the imaginations. 

**I received copies of the titles above for review/feature purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own

1 comment:

Tonja Drecker said...

A couple of these look really cute!