I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Is our identity—defining it and embracing it—an avenue to an enriching existence or is it merely an evolutionary survival strategy? Petty, Dev. I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. Illus Mike Boldt. New York: Doubleday for Young Readers, 2015. Print. Genre: picture book Summary: A young frog wants to be anything other than wet, slimy,… Continue reading I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore

Can too much curiosity spur accidental bullying? Moore, Julianne. Freckleface Strawberry. Illustrations by LeUyen Pham. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007. Print. Genre: picture book Summary: An exuberant little girl tries everything to hide her red hair and freckles. She quickly uncovers a difficult choice: either go through life alone and uncomfortable or accept her own oddities. Critique:… Continue reading Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore

A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Look out, creative writers! Using a list format to tell a compelling story just fell into the capable hands of a children’s author. Cue sinister guffaw: MUHUHUHU-WHA-HAHAHA! Cummins, Lucy Ruth. A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. Print. Genre: children’s picture book Summary: An unassuming… Continue reading A Hungry Lion, Or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

One Well by Rochelle Strauss

If you think of all the water on earth fitting inside a tanker truck, then all the freshwater would fill a bathtub. A lot of that freshwater is trapped in glaciers and ice we can’t access. The accessible freshwater would fill 9 soda cans! Strauss, Rochelle. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth. Rosemary… Continue reading One Well by Rochelle Strauss

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Ferry, Beth. Stick and Stone. Illus. Tom Lichtenheld. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. Print. Genre: rhyming picture book Summary: A stick and a stone become fast friends after an unfortunate name-calling incident. Critique: This story puts a clever twist on the old saying: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.… Continue reading Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry