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Waiting for Sophie is “a cute story that teaches children about patience” says The Bookshelf Corner

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by pajamapress

waitingforsophie_website“A cute story that teaches children about patience. It’s especially perfect for parents to read to their small (only) child when there’s another on the way.

Carmen Mok does a wonderful job with the illustrations and I love the color palette she chose….

Sarah Ellis has a way with words; I would read more books by her.”

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Road Signs That Say West “is funny and full of heart” says Atlantic Books Today

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by pajamapress

roadsignsthatsaywest_website“Despite the weight of the themes Road Signs is funny and full of heart, with skillful depiction of the hooks and barbs of sibling rivalry.”

Read the full review on page 64 of the Spring 2017 issue of Atlantic Books Today

The Wolves Return is the first featured book on The Pets/Wildlife Shelf of Midwest Book Review for April 2017

Posted on April 20th, 2017 by pajamapress

thewolvesreturn_websiteThe Wolves Return is the true story of the successful release of twenty-three Canadian gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park in 1995-96….The Wolves Return explains in picture and in narrative how the reintroduction of the wolves, a natural predator of the elk, impacted positively on the whole environment….The Wolves Return ends with a map of North America with wolf ranges, both current and pre-European habitat patterns. It is clear that wolves play a vital role in maintaining the health, variety, and balance of many life systems and plant and animal species in nature. The mixed media art work in The Wolves Return is especially sensitively done and greatly enhances the exciting environmental health restoration true story.”

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Adrift at Sea is “Highly Recommended” by School Library Connection

Posted on March 1st, 2017 by pajamapress

AdriftAtSea_website“…The beautiful, full-page oil paintings effectively convey the dangerous escape, the blistering heat, and the loneliness of being adrift on the ocean. Photographs, maps, and historical background on the Vietnamese refugee crisis provide historical context and form an emotional connection with the story. This is an especially useful book to help students understand why refugees are still crowding into boats and risking everything for a better life even today.”
—MaryAnn Karre, Retired Librarian, Vestal, New York

French Toast gets a STARRED REVIEW from Quill and Quire

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by pajamapress

FrenchToast_WebsiteIn French Toast, Kari-Lynn Winters explores racism in the story of a half-French-Canadian, half -Jamaican girl named Phoebe. While out for a walk with her grandmother, Phoebe cringes when she hears her school nickname, “French Toast.” How can she explain to Nan-ma, who is blind, that the nickname refers to Phoebe’s skin colour?…

French Toast looks as delectable as its title, thanks to François Thisdale’s dreamlike illustrations: the landscapes seem to float in the background as giant loaves of banana bread and juicy peaches appear in the foreground.

…Winters obviously knows how to write for children. In this effective picture book, she engages her readers’ imaginations – and their stomachs. She also doesn’t dwell on negativity, but spins the story into one of self-affirmation…Simply told and cleverly imagined, French Toast is a great starting point for talking to young children about race, diversity, and respect.”

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A Year of Borrowed Men is “[a] beautiful, poignant story” says Books for the Curious Child

Posted on October 12th, 2016 by pajamapress

AYearOfBorrowedMen_Website“A gentle story, told from the view point of a German girl, of how the war impacted German families. A beautiful, poignant story that subtly introduces humanity during times of war.”

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Midwest Book Review calls Ben Says Goodbye

Posted on October 12th, 2016 by pajamapress

Ben Says Goodbye | Sarah Ellis & Kim La Fave | Pajama Press…Sarah Ellis’s haunting language brings the story to life….A gentle story of change is provided in a moving picture book that will be enjoyed by youngsters with basic reading skills or read-aloud parental assistance.

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Canadian Children’s Book News featured Next Round in their article “Non-Fiction: Opening Minds and Challenging Thoughts”

Posted on October 11th, 2016 by pajamapress

NextRound_WebsiteJohn Spray writes an engaging story that pulls us in from the first page as Arthur and his family attempt to flee to safety. Readers will find themselves cheering for Arthur as he faces one obstacle after another and will enjoy the personal photos that give us an even closer glimpse into the life of this young, ambitious athlete. The book also contains a glossary of soccer and boxing terms…This biography…is a must read for youngsters who are looking for inspiration, be it in the sports arena or in any other endeavor where they might be pursuing success.

To read the full review, grab a copy of Canadian Children’s Book News Fall 2016 issue.

CanLit for LittleCanadians calls Adrift at Sea “an archive of historical importance”

Posted on September 28th, 2016 by pajamapress

AdriftAtSea_websiteAdrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival is a big story to tell. It’s broad in historical scope, and emotionally hefty in the distress and fear experienced by Tuan and his fellow refugees, and in its moral significance….I am ever thankful that Tuan Ho’s story does have a happy ending and that Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch chose to share it with young readers in an illustrated book and that Pajama Press chose well to pair it with the art of Brian Deines. From the illustration of a lone boat adrift in a wash of dry heat that graces the cover of Adrift at Sea, to the dark and engrossing images of Tuan’s steps along the journey, Brian Deines’ art is evocative and integrative, resplendent in complementary colours of orange and golds and blues and purples.

By recounting Tuan’s story in the limited but succinct text of a picture book, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is able to forge a powerful connection between the emotions of the narrative and the visual i.e., the expansive oil painted art of Brian Deines. This makes Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival more than just a story about Tuan Ho. It makes it an archive of historical importance for young readers to access.

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Rhino Rumpus is a “rollicking read-aloud” says CM Magazine

Posted on September 12th, 2016 by pajamapress

RhinoRumpus_WebsiteBedtime preparations aren’t going too smoothly in the Rhino household. The three Rhino babies fight over toys, make faces at each other and start a riot in the bathtub….

Tara Anderson’s folksy pencil crayon and acrylic illustrations show the squabbling siblings in all of their mischievous glory. They butt heads, overturn chairs, and snap towels at each other. Mama Rhino, bedecked in a pearl necklace and hoop earrings, keeps her composure throughout the turmoil.

Victoria Allenby’s zippy verse is full of repetition, and fun sound words like “Fidget fuss frump”, “Huff harrumph” and “Grump grumble Bump-a-rump”. Rhino Rumpus is a rollicking read-aloud and a great choice for toddler storytimes.

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