Baabwaa & Wooliam (Candlewick Press, 2017) combines humor, friendship and literacy in one fabulous new picture book. It’s about two friend-sheeps — one who loves to read, and the other knits! Seeking adventure, they walk and walk until they encounter an actual “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” From Wooliam’s extensive reading, he knows what happens to innocent, unknowing sheep. The wolf stops in his tracks to listen to his “story.” But the sheep realize the wolf is illiterate, so they offer to teach him to read, and also knit him a new coat (his current one is quite shabby!) The three develop an unlikely friendship. This book is so funny and the illustrations are perfect. This is my #1 picture book for the Fall. Not to be missed!
An adorable book with wonderful illustrations is On The Night of The Shooting Star (Candlewick Press, 2017). Bunny and Dog live on opposite sides of the fence. Every morning, Bunny looks through the fence at Dog, and Dog looks back at Bunny. But neither says hello. They go about their days peeking at each other. They wonder why neither has any friends — but they do have similar interests: reading, eating and playing. One night Bunny goes outside to watch the stars and he sees Dog looking at the moon. Suddenly, they both see a shooting star! They look at each other and smile. They go back to their homes, thinking about each other and the shooting star. Then, they go back to the fence, and each says: “I could be your friend.” And even though they may never see another shooting star, Bunny and Dog become exceptional friends sharing all their favorite activities. This is an engaging book of friendship with lively illustrations.