Picture Books: Years 2-8

Inside Outside Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452106441
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 19th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

There's so much to see and talk about as you move back and forth through the die cut windows in this book  -- indoors, outdoors, the turtle, the dog, the two mice, what the child is building, what the birds are up to, how the trees are changing with the seasons, how the garden is growing, what pictures are on the walls, what happens to the snowmen -- that you may not even notice that there's no text, just lively pictures. ~ Eight Cousins


Steam Train, Dream Train Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452109206
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 16th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

As soothing as the clickety clack of wheels on steel rails, this rhythmic narrative pulls out with plenty of busy animals, sways along fully loaded, and fades gently into the quiet, moonlit distance: "chhhhhh  . . . goodnight." ~ Eight Cousins


Tap the Magic Tree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062274458
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Press Here, by Herve Tullet, was such a good idea two years ago that it was bound to inspire others, and Matheson has jumped from dots to an apple tree progressing through the seasons. As the reader presses the tree on each page, leaves appear, buds form, blossoms fall, fruit grows, ripens, and drops. Then leaves color and fall, as does snow. The ending is especially lovely, cautioning patience, and rewarding it with a bird nest and, "Magic! It begins again!" ~ Eight Cousins


That Is Not a Good Idea! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062203090
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 23rd, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Hungry fox meets plumb goose right on the cover, so we know danger lies ahead. Indeed, the goslings, like a Greek chorus, repeat the warning, ever more vehemently, "That is NOT a good idea!" The goose appears so gullible we can hardly bear to watch -- until she turns the tables and feeds the whole family. This one is made to be read, or even shouted, aloud. ~ Eight Cousins


One Gorilla: A Counting Book Cover Image
By Anthony Browne, Anthony Browne (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763663520
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 12th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year

Although the subtitle is "A Counting Book," this is really a book about primates. After one gorilla, there are two orangutans, three chimpanzees, four mandrills, and so forth, right up to the human race at the end, all painted in large, clear, vivid images. ~ Eight Cousins


The Silver Button Cover Image
By Bob Graham, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763664374
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Any one moment in time holds so much! Bob Graham gives us a Thursday morning at 9:59 when little Jonathan stands up rather tentatively, raising one foot while his sister Jodie gets ready to draw the last silver button on her picture of a gentleman duck. Outside, we see the busy neighborhood, the bustling city, and hints of the wider world beyond, before we return to Jonathan, who totters to his knees as Jodie calls out to their mother, "Jonathan's just taken his first step." Then she draws the last silver button as sun streams in the window and the clock strikes 10:00. ~ Eight Cousins


Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever--Or Snack Time? Cover Image
By Tammi Sauer, Michael Slack (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547852850
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 2nd, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year

Nugget, a mini minnow, is best friends with Fang, a shark. But when Nugget starts school, he's shocked to be informed that sharks are extremely scary and dangerous. Fang is bereft, and tries to overcome the minnows' anxieties with a big smile, a dinner invitation, entertainment and more, to no avail. But when a fishing net scoops up all the minnows, who's able to rip it open? Fang comes through, friendship locks in, and there's an enormous, toothy grin at the end. ~ Eight Cousins


Big Snow Cover Image
By Jonathan Bean, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374306960
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 24th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

David is hoping for snow, and the sky looks favorable. But while he's waiting, his mother suggests they make cookies. When the flour reminds David of snow, he rushes out to check, but there are only a few flakes. His mother engages him again and again: cleaning the bathroom (but the suds remind him of snow); changing the sheets (but the white sheets remind of snow); finishing his lunch and taking his nap. He dreams of a massive blizzard, and when his father's arrival wakens him, the world has become white outside. All three bundle up and go out to enjoy the rounded drifts and the neighborhood's glowing windows. ~ Eight Cousins


Rosie's Magic Horse Cover Image
By Russell Hoban, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Call for price: 508-548-5548
ISBN: 9780763664008
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 26th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year

Hoban's final story has energy, imagination, and hopeful sparkle, perfectly suited to Blake's illustrations. Rosie's family faces financial worries, and Rosie's toys are the popsicle sticks she keeps in a cigar box. Rosie wishes her cigar box were a treasure chest, and she pretends the popsicle sticks can form a horse. One popsicle stick of particularly lively mind thinks it would be interesting to be a horse, and when other sticks take up the idea too, Rosie's late night dreams provide her with a horse, Stickerino. Together they locate pirates, treasure, and a way to carry the loot home. Rosie and Stickerino have such realistic voices that the treasure is there for the taking on every page. ~ Eight Cousins


Mr. Wuffles! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618756612
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Published: Clarion Books - October 1st, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

By school age, most kids are a little old for a sweet kitty picture book. Mr. Wuffles may be a nice cat, but he's utterly mystified by one of his cat toys, which turns out to be a spaceship full of tiny aliens come to claim a new planet, like so many little green conquistadors. Their perils escaping the cat, adventures under a radiator, and eventual victory with their new friends the ants and a beetle, are filled with imagination and humor that will entertain the eye of the beholder over and over again. A sophisticated narrative without text. ~ Eight Cousins


My Happy Life Cover Image
By Rose Lagercrantz, Eva Eriksson (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781877579356
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Published: Gecko Press - January 1st, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

When Dani starts school, she meets Ella, and soon they are fast friends, helping and sharing with one another every day, shown in simple but charming drawings. Then Ella moves away, and Dani, normally so happy, goes through a bad patch, complete with skinned knees and shouting. Even her father's consent to buying and equipping a pair of hamsters doesn't fully replace Ella. But one day a letter comes from Ella. It says, "Hello Dani! I can't live without you. Love from Ella." Soon a visit is arranged, opening a new chapter in Dani's happy life. ~ Eight Cousins


Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

If you were to amp up the classic Harold and the Purple Crayon, making it more involved, elegant, and thrilling in every way, you'd be moving toward what Journey offers. A bored girl picks up her red crayon, draws a doorway, and walks through into another world. Finding a stream, she draws a boat and floats off into canals, castles, a hot air balloon, an imprisoned bird, a daring rescue, capture and escape, travels over a distant desert, and a doorway back to her own city. Passing through the doorway, she meets . . . a boy with a purple crayon. The two are last seen riding away on a bicycle with one red and one purple wheel. A perfect book for a child who can follow an elaborate story, but may not yet be reading independently. ~ Eight Cousins


The Matchbox Diary Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763646011
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 12th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

A great grandfather recounts to a rapt great grandchild the hardships of immigrant experience, using the tiny mementos stored in dozens of matchboxes: the hardships of life in another country, the voyage, the anxiety of immigrant status, the hard work and cold welcome, the satisfaction of education, and eventual success. The illustrations rival those of Normal Rockwell in places.~ Eight Cousins 


The Tortoise & the Hare Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316183567
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Pinkney's illustrations have won every medal, including the Caldecott, and he only gets better with time. This retelling of the Aesop and Uncle Remus story provides detail and personality to the characters as the tortoise slowly and steadily takes the race, while the hare exhibits one human foible after another. With almost no written words, it creates a perfect opportunity for a child and adult to tell each other the story, or for a child to "read" the pictures before they reach fluency with text. ~ Eight Cousins