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Ashman, Linda  Rain!
32 pp. Houghton 2013. ISBN 978-0-547-73395-1
Gr. K-3 Illustrated by Christian Robinson. A grumpy elderly man resents the rain (“Dang puddle”); meanwhile, his young neighbor is overjoyed by it (“It’s raining frogs and pollywogs!”). They both end up at a café, where the boy seizes an opportunity for friendship. This is a wholly fresh story told through short dialogue quips and paint and collage illustrations with remarkably expressive human faces.
Subjects: Picture Books; Neighbors; Weather–Rain; Mood (Psychology); Intergenerational friendship

Boyd, Lizi  Flashlight
40 pp. Chronicle 2014. ISBN 978-1-4521-1894-9
(Preschool) Silvery-gray gouache illustrations on thick black pages set the tone for this nighttime nature walk. A boy trains his flashlight on various items, making full-color details visible in its arc. Small die-cuts and occasional spots of color highlight other details. In a gently fantastical turn, the animals he’s been observing use the flashlight to get him safely back. An inventive wordless offering.
Subjects: Preschool; Animals; Night; Light; Nature; Wordless books

Hanlon, Abby  Dory Fantasmagory
153 pp. Dial 2014. ISBN 978-0-8037-4088-4
Gr. 1-3 All Dory, or “Rascal” as her older siblings call her, wants is to play with her brother and sister. What follows is a wild adventure with a robber, monsters, fairy godmothers, and more–all orchestrated by Dory’s fantastic imagination. The frequent kidlike illustrations integrate seamlessly with the text, adding another layer of madcap humor. Try this as a lively group read-aloud.
Subjects: Younger Fiction; Imagination; Chapter books; Family–Siblings; Play

O’Connor, George  If I Had a Raptor
32 pp. Candlewick 2014. ISBN 978-0-7636-6012-3
Gr. K-3 A girl with big, poofy pigtails describes what life would be like with a pet raptor. Readers will relish looking around the narrative at what’s really happening: while the girl’s tone stays chipper, the high-spirited illustrations show that Life with Raptor, who gets bigger as the story progresses, wouldn’t be a breeze (note the scattered homework and half-eaten armchair).
Subjects: Picture Books; Prehistoric life–Dinosaurs; Pets; Humorous stories

Taylor, Sean  Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise
48 pp. Candlewick 2015. ISBN 978-0-7636-7578-3
(Preschool) Illustrated by Jean Jullien. Review to come

Thomas, Jan  Rhyming Dust Bunnies
40 pp. Atheneum 2009. ISBN 978-1-4169-7976-0
(Preschool) Dust bunnies Ed, Ted, and Ned are frustrated by Bob’s apparent inability to rhyme (“No, Bob…’LOOK OUT!’ does not rhyme with bug”). But Bob is actually warning them of danger: a broom-wielding (human) monster. The goofiness of both the speech-bubble text and illustrations in solid, bright colors with thick black lines will make preschoolers giggle while they’re correcting Bob’s “errors.”
Subjects: Preschool; Language; Humorous stories


Laura Koenig is Children’s Services Team Leader, Central Library Boston Public Library.


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