These are some of the best picture books I’ve been reading this week.
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis: This nonsense-worded story unfolds beautifully with richly drawn images helping propel the story, since there aren’t any actual English words to be found in its pages. The story is a lovely examination of nature and its cycles, and kids and parents alike will love imagining what the characters are talking about (probably something along the lines of “What is that?”). It’s also really fun to say the nonsense words aloud, giving early readers a chance to play around with sounds and language. I loved it and found it wholly charming.
The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee: Frazee’s hilarious follow up to The Boss Baby couples detailed illustrations with very funny, insightful text. As the boss baby gets used to his new sister (the household’s new CEO), he struggles with what he deems to be better perks than the ones he’s used to. It’s a smart look at older children adapting to younger siblings, and Frazee’s wit will appeal to both adults and children. This is one that will beg to be revisited many times. Frazee’s work is not to be missed.
Little Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker: This quiet, sweet story with lushly created digital drawings has a lot to offer readers. A little robot has been tossed out and must learn to fend for himself in the wide world. He befriends a sparrow who helps teach him about the way of things, and the result is a moving, honest portrayal of growing up. It’s a quietly beautiful book, and it’s stayed with me since I finished it.
These were the standouts this week. What picture books have you discovered this week?