Friday, July 6, 2012

Picture Book Author/Illustrator Peter Brown

Perfect Picture Book Friday is on a much-needed summer vacation, but I do have a few picture books and authors I would like to share with you in the upcoming weeks.

A picture book author/illustrator I recently discovered and LOVE is Peter Brown. He has produced quite a few books, and I have two I would like to spotlight today.

THE CURIOUS GARDEN
Little, Brown and Company 2009
From Goodreads:
While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

This is a great book showing children how one person can make a difference, no matter how small they may initially seem. The artwork really makes the book, and shows how author/illustrators can mesh their own words and illustrations together so magically.

CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS
Little, Brown and Company 2010
From Goodreads:
When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy in the woods, she's absolutely delighted. She brings him home and begs her mom to let her keep him, even though her mom warns, "Children make terrible pets." But mom relents, and Lucy gets to name her new pet Squeaker. Through a series of hilarious and surprising scenes, readers can join Lucy and Squeaker on their day of fun and decide for themselves whether or not children really do make terrible pets.

What a fun, unique book! I love this story told from the point of view of the bear. The set-up is similar to a comic book with a box of text on each page or page spread and bubbles for what the characters say. Children will love seeing the behavior of the boy and how it looks to an outsider. Adults will love the scenes too, as it may spawn better behavior in their own kids!

Be sure to check out Peter Brown's website http://www.peterbrownstudio.com/. Click around once you get there, it's a hoot! :)

For those of you who love middle grade, come back Monday to hear all about Tracing Stars by Erin E. Moulton. I'll be hosting a giveaway as well!