Not surprisingly, Im always looking for quality picture books to read to my kids. Ive found a great resource in childrens author Susanna Leonard Hills blog segment, Perfect Picture Book Fridays. Every Friday, she provides a glimpse into a favorite picture book. She assures us these are books we wont regret lugging home from the library or spending our hard-earned money on. All of her past picks are also listed by category, so it is easy to browse for a specific topic. I highly recommend checking it out next time you are looking for that perfect picture book.
In honor of Perfect Picture Book Friday, Id like to tell you about one of my personal favorites, SILLY DOGGY!, by Adam Stower. (April 1, 2012, Orchard Books). I often try to emulate the style of this book when writing. Reading SILLY DOGGY! always reminds me to leave room for pictures in my own writing. It is a great example of a picture book that tells at least half the story through the illustrations. I realize Adam Stower is an author/illustrator who did not have to relinquish control of his vision to an unknown illustrator. Nevertheless, he does a brilliant job of telling the story and conveying humor through the use of adorable pictures. My kids and I never tire of reading this one, which makes it perfect in my book!
Do you have a perfect picture book? Or a picture book that has helped improve your writing? Please share!
Amazon.com Description of SILLY DOGGY!:
Join Lily and her brand new pet a lost, loveable, and very large bear that she mistakes as a doggy- as they share a fantastic day together.
When Lily looks out of her bedroom window, she finds the best surprise ever: her very own lost dog! But this is no normal puppy, this is actually a lost, lovable bear! Nevertheless, Lily and Doggy quickly become fast friends. Sure Doggy doesnt eat his dog food, cant do any dog tricks, and never ever does what Lily tells him, but this rambunctious pup still steals Lilys
However, Lilys mommy knows that every lost dog has a home of their own with people who miss them dearly. So Lily creates a Found Dog poster about their fantastic day together. But what happens if someone actually claims Doggy?