Karen’s Picks for Picture Books February 2014


Karen is one of our most beloved book experts here at The Book Table. She especially loves our children’s books. We asked her to give us some recommendations for this month.

Journey by Aaron Becker

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

17262290A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.

Karens says, “This book is good for imagination!”

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Anne Isaacs

14823541When Widow Tulip Jones of Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises, and three servants, hilarity ensues. The peaceful life suits the wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas lines up to marry her. Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can’t possibly run the farm and manage all the suitors, so she devises a plan—and it just might work. This story filled with giant tortoises, 1,000 brides, bad guys, a smart widow, and even a little romance is sure to get kids laughing.

Karen says, “This book is so funny! This is a great book for introducing tall-tales.”

A Little Bit of Oomph! by Barney Saltzberg

17740629How do you make the ordinary extraordinary? With a little bit of oomph! An utterly inspiring and playful new book on creativity from Barney Saltzberg, author of Beautiful Oops!, A Little Bit of Oomph! teaches the invaluable lesson of throwing your heart into whatever you re doing and trying just a little bit harder because with a little extra effort and a lot of oomph, you can make anything beautiful. With a little bit of oomph you can help a sprinkle of seeds lift flap become a magical, three-dimensional bouquet of flowers. With a little bit of oomph, small notions like a goldfish in a little bowl open out to big oceans (just look through the peephole!). Oomph can transform a dog s tail into a funny tale (there s a miniature book involved). Oomph changes curiosity into discovery, daydreams into playthings, your singing into others dancing. A triumph of imagination, vibrant, colorful art, and paper engineering, A Little Bit of Oomph! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, spinning circles and gatefolds and, underlying every page, Barney s timeless message that creativity is for everyone. Just add a little bit of oomph.

Karen says, “This is such a creative book.”

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

6124878From the award-winning author of Little PeaLittle Hoot, and Little Oinkcomes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends  on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s signature humor herethere’s also a subtle lesson for kids who don’t know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit!makes it easy to agree on one thingreading it again!

Karen says, “This book is great for teaching different view points.”

Karen works in our Children’s Books department, and she would love to recommend a book especially for you! Come in and say “hi!” 

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